antiTainment NEWS: Actor Spalding Gray Found Dead, Services Planned

03-09-04 Keavin
Update: The body of actor Spalding Gray was pulled from the East River on Sunday, two months after he was reported missing. The 62 year old actor disappeared in early January. His body was recovered from the East River near the Greenpoint are of Brooklyn on Sunday. Medical examiners confirmed his identity through dental records. 

The New England actor was best know for his monologue performances (like “Swimming to Cambodia”) and film appearances that included parts in “Diabolique”, “The Killing Fields”, “Beaches” and more recently “Revolution #9” and the Meg Ryan romantic comedy, “Kate and Leopold”. 

His wife reported him missing on Jan 11th, a day after he left his New York City apartment to visit friends but never made it. He was reportedly spotted on the Staten Island Ferry on January 10th. That was the last known sighting of the actor. 

Gray’s wife suspected that the actor had committed suicide because he had been battling depression since crippling car crash in 2001. The actor had reported made several suicide attempts over the past 3 years. However, an official cause of death has not yet been determined by authorities. An announcement is expected next week, once they determine the cause of death.

Two services are planned for Gray, according to Newsday. The first service will be held on April 15 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in NYC, and the second to held one month later on May 15 at  the Whaling Church in Sag Harbor, New York.