David Strickland

David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29.

His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death.

Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report.

News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick.

Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid.

He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt.

At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen.

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At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. Appearing less frequently in cinema, Leeves lent her voice to the animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) and acted in the film Music of the Heart (1999). The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt. By the end of the series' run, Daphne had bewitched and married the character Niles Crane, while Leeves had received an Emmy Award nomination for her role, and had become the highest paid British actress in Hollywood. He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. Leeves played the eccentric, new age and forthright Daphne Moon, and she became a popular actress in this role. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid. In 1993, she joined the cast of the television series Frasier.

He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. Leeves also appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld - The Virgin and The Contest. Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. She had a recurring role in the television series Murphy Brown which provided her first period of success, playing the loud and awkward girlfriend of producer Miles Silverberg, Audrey. News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick. She became somewhat visible as the flighty roommate on the syndicated sitcom Throb!. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report. She was a regular on The Benny Hill Show and appeared in a David Lee Roth music video for the song "California Girls", but struggled for several years to establish herself.

He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. Born in Ilford, England, Leeves trained as a ballet dancer and worked as a model, until she made her first film appearance in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Jane Leeves (born April 18, 1961) is an actress. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death. His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World.

He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. Find A Death - David Strickland (http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/s/David%20Strickland/david_strickland.htm).

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