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Actor Stan Kirsch of TV's 'Highlander' dead at 51

Kirsch also appeared in a memorable episode of "Friends" as a high school student dating Monica.

Actor Stan Kirsch, who starred in the TV series "Highlander," died last weekend. He was 51.

Entertainment Tonight reports Kirsch was found dead in his Los Angeles County residence. The medical examiner reportedly ruled the manner of death suicide.

Kirsch starred in "Highlander" from 1992 to 1998. He played Richie Ryan, a young thief who is taken under the wing of immortal Duncan MacLeod. Ryan later learns he, too, is an immortal.

"Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series would have been far less," reads a post on the official "Highlander" Facebook page. "He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful enthusiasm to the character of Richie Ryan for six seasons."

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Stan Kirsch. Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series would have been far less. He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful...

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He also appeared in a 1995 episode of Friends called "The One with the Ick Factor" in which he plays Ethan, who is dating Monica. She later learns Ethan is a high school student.

Most recently, Kirsch was an acting coach in Los Angeles.

Kirsch is survived by his wife, actress Kristyn Green.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night.

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