Former SNL Writer Joe Bodolai Dead Of Apparent Suicide
People often talk about how depression spikes during the holidays, and now that depression has claimed a new victim. TMZ is reporting that Joe Bodolai (pictured above), a writer/producer whose work included stints on Saturday Night Live and The Kids in the Hall, as well as penning the first draft of the Wayne's World movie, has been found dead in an L.A. hotel room. Police say that his death is believed to be a suicide. Bodolai was 63 years old.
Tragically, Bodolai appears to have foreshadowed his death with a post on his blog last Friday, December 23rd. In a lengthy posting with the ominous title of "IF THIS WERE YOUR LAST DAY ALIVE WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" Bodolai discusses things he think will happen in the upcoming year, from the tongue-in-cheek ("Sales of Mayan Calendars up for 2012, drop for 2013.") to the political ("Fascism will be America. It already is."). He then continues on through multiple wistful topics, including things he wishes he had seen during his life, his regrets, and things he was proud of. What begins looking like an angry rant about the state of the world becomes more and more obviously the words of a man resigned to die. This is how he closes out the post:
I donít need replies or comments or anything. I need to feel the good that I did and whatever good I have ever done for you is enough for me. May you all have the happy lives you deserve. Thank you all for being in my life.
Bodolai had been staying at the hotel for over a week, and police found a bottle of antifreeze and Gatorade in his room. The authorities believe this was likely the means by which Bodolai killed himself. His final post mentions a struggle with alcoholism as being one of his regrets, but it's unclear whether he was still fighting that battle at the end.
It's a sad and heartfelt look into the mind of a man in pain, and it's a shame that Joe wasn't able to get the help he needed and instead chose the path from which there's no returning. Cinema Blend sends our thoughts and sympathies out to his family and friends.
Picture courtesy of Bodolai's blog.