Highlander and Friends star Stan Kirsch dies aged 51 in apparent suicide

Highlander actor Stan Kirsch has died at the age of 51 after an apparent suicide, according to TMZ.

The Hollywood star was found in his Los Angeles home on January 11 by his wife Kristyn Green and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

It's reported that Stan took his own life, with law enforcement reportedly telling TMZ that Kristyn found him in their bathroom.

A statement on his official Facebook reads: "We tragically lost our beloved Stan Kirsch on January 11.

"He was so loved and we are all just devastated."

Kristyn also shared a statement on her own Facebook page, which read: "I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support.

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"I haven't been able to respond to all the texts, calls, emails – but have read or listened to every single one of them.

"I feel surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each and every one of you."

Stan is best known for playing the role of Richie Ryan in Highlander in the 1990s.

He also made appearances on General Hospital and even Friends, during which he appeared alongside Courteney Cox as one of Monica's dates.

On top of that, he was an acting coach in the Los Angeles area.

His former General Hospital co-star Mark Lawson paid tribute following the news.

He said: "Stan. I'm reeling… all the way back to my first year in Los Angeles."

Remembering their friendship, he went on: "You would coach me for nothing. You even let me be your trainer for a minute. You were my first big brother here. I'll never forget that. And that's how you'll stay."

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