John Costelloe (right) in the The Sopranos
The actor who played the gay lover of a gangster on the hit show The Sopranos has been found dead in an apparent suicide.
According to police, 47-year-old John Costelloe shot himself in the basement of his Brooklyn, New York City, home on 16 December.
Costelloe was a former fire-fighter who became famous thanks to his role as Jim “Johnny Cakes” Witowski in the award winning series.
His character was romantically involved with closeted gay gangster Vito Spatafore – played by Joseph Gannascoli.
Speaking to the New York Post, Gannascoli said: “I was shocked when I heard, and it still hasn’t really sunk in. I never detected anything troubling about him. I enjoyed all the time I ever spent with him.”
At the time of his death, Costelloe was in the middle of a production of the play Gang of Seven, for which he had received glowing reviews for his role as a hustler.