Brian Tarantina, the actor who played Jackie in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, died of “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, heroin, diazepam and cocaine,” the New York City Medical Examiner’s office said on Wednesday. 

The 60-year-old actor’s death was unintentional according to the medical examiner’s office. Tarantina was found in his midtown Manhattan apartment in early November when somebody called 911 and reported that he was unconscious. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene, according to the New York Police Department.

Tarantina had been sick recently and was recuperating at his home, his manager disclosed. “He was an amazing, very, very talented actor and very sweet person,” Laurie Smith said. “I was really shocked and very sad. I’m still shocked.”


Tarantina was with the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cast in January when the show won a Screen Actors Guild award for top performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. 

He appeared in the crime drama released this year called The Kitchen starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elizabeth Moss. His acting history comprises of shows such as Gilmore Girls and films such as Summer of Sam and Uncle Buck.


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