We have just learned that Larry Drake (Dr. Giggles) passed away in his home, yesterday. TMZ reports that the actor had recently suffered some weight-related health problems but his rep told the outlet that it didn’t seem to be anything life-threatening.
The actor was found at his Los Angeles home by a friend at around 1:30 PM yesterday. First responders pronounced Drake dead on the scene.
In addition to playing the titular character in Dr. Giggles, Drake also starred in Sam Raimi’s Darkman and Dark Night of the Scarecrow. He also appeared in two episodes of the Tales from the Crypt television series. Drake was most known by mainstream audiences for his turn on the popular TV series L.A. Law.
It’s devastating to lose another pillar of the horror community. Particularly after the passing of Gunnar Hansen, Wes Craven, Betsey Palmer, and more so recently. You will be missed, Larry Drake. Our thoughts go out to your loved ones at this difficult time.