Brian Tarantina, ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Actor, Died of Overdose, Medical Examiner Says

U.S.|Brian Tarantina, ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Actor, Died of Overdose, Medical Examiner Says

His publicist had blamed a “health crisis” for the actor’s death last month. On Tuesday, the authorities cited fentanyl, heroin, diazepam and cocaine.

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Liam Stack

The death of the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actor Brian Tarantina last month was caused by an accidental drug overdose, the medical examiner’s office in New York said on Tuesday.

Mr. Tarantina, 60, was found in his apartment in Manhattan on Nov. 2. At the time, his publicist, Laurie Smith, said he died of “complications from a severe health crisis he experienced a few months ago.”

On Tuesday, the city’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner said in a statement that the cause of death was “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, heroin, diazepam and cocaine.”

Mr. Tarantina’s body was found after police officers responded to a call at roughly 12: 40 a.m. that reported an unconscious man in an apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Officers said they found the actor unresponsive on a couch and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Mr. Tarantina was best known for his work on the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” on which he played Jackie, the M.C. at the comedy club where Midge Maisel, the aspiring comedian played by Rachel Brosnahan, got her start.

In January, he appeared onstage with other members of the cast to accept the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding ensemble in a comedy series. He appeared throughout the third season of the show, which was released this month.

Mr. Tarantina was also known for his role on the television comedy series “Gilmore Girls,” in which he appeared from 2001 to 2002, and again in 2016 when Netflix revived it for a mini-series. He played Bootsy, the proprietor of a newsstand in the fictional New England town of Stars Hollow.

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