'Friends' star Stan Kirsch found dead at 51

'Friends' star Stan Kirsch found dead at 51

Actor Stan Kirsch, who found fame on the 90s television show Highlander: The Series as Richie Ryan, was found dead at his Los Angeles home on January 11, the Daily Mail reports. Kirsch was 51-years-old at the time of his death.

Speaking to TMZ, law enforcement sources confirmed that Kirsch was found by his wife, Kristyn Green. He was discovered hanging in their bathroom on Saturday afternoon.

Paramedics quickly responded, but he was soon pronounced dead at the scene. The Los Angeles medical examiner ruled Kirsch died by hanging.

Green confirmed the news in a Facebook post shared on Kirsch's studio page. She wrote:

"Dear friends, We tragically lost our beloved Stan Kirsch on January 11th. We will be closed for the next 2 weeks as we process and grieve. He was so loved and we are all just devastated. Thank you for your understanding and respecting our privacy during this incredibly difficult time."

Kirsch found cult fame following his appearance on the hit US sitcom Friends. He played 'Young' Ethan, a high school senior who lies about his age in order to date Courteney Cox's character, Monica. Kirsch only appeared in one episode - the first season episode called 'The One With The Ick Factor' - but left a lasting impression with viewers with his hilarious timing.

Check out Kirsch's best moments as 'Young' Ethan in Friends:

As well as appearing in many TV shows and movies, Kirsch was also a renowned acting coach.

In a follow-up post, Kirsch's family wrote on Facebook: "The family has decided to do a small private ceremony/memorial. Kristyn will be planning a larger gathering at a later date, for all of you who loved Stan. The family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Again, thank you for the outpouring of love and support."

Our thoughts are with Kirsch's family, friends, and fans at this difficult time.