Actor Brian Tarantina was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from what was first reported as an apparent drug overdose, is now being reported as a complication due to an illness. The 60-year-old's body was discovered at 12:30 AM on Saturday (November 2).

TMZ first reported that Tarantina’s body was discovered by his niece at his apartment. She called 911 and soon after authorities arrived, he was pronounced dead on the scene. It has been reported that an unknown white powder was found close to his body.

Laurie Smith, Tarantina's rep told TMZ that she thinks that her client died from complications from an illness he's been suffering with for the past few months. His rep confirmed that he was in New York for the past month being treated for a heart problem. She also reported that the actor was recently released from the hospital, though he did recently suffer another setback.

It is not clear exactly when Tarantina passed, his niece had not spoken to him since Tuesday (October 29). An autopsy on his body will be performed by the New York City medical examiner to determine the exact cause and date of death. 

Television fans may know the actor for his role as Bootsy on both the original and re-boot of Gilmore Girls or as Jackie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. 

It has not been revealed if Tarantina filmed episodes for the upcoming The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season set to debut on December 6 via Amazon Prime.

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