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Former 'SNL' writer Joe Bodolai dead of apparent suicide

December 27, 2011 |  9:18 am

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A former "Saturday Night Live" writer who co-wrote the first draft of "Wayne's World" with Mike Myers was found dead the day after Christmas in a Hollywood hotel room, an apparent suicide.

TMZ first reported Joe Bodolai's death. Coroner's officials confirmed Tuesday that Bodolai, 63, was found in a hotel on the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said the death was reported as a suicide, but he had no further details on the circumstances. An autopsy is pending.

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Coroner's Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said that a bottle of antifreeze and a bottle of Gatorade were recovered from the hotel room. There was no indication of foul play, Harvey said.

LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said no suicide note was found in the hotel room, but Bodolai had posted what appears to be a suicide note on his blog on Dec. 23. In the post, entitled, "If This Were Your Last Day Alive, What Would You Do?" the writer listed "Things I Regret" -- including "my inability to conquer my alcoholism," not fighting harder to stay with Canada's Comedy Network, and "Most of all, the pain I have caused and am now causing my sons and the love of my life, my ex-wife Bianca."

He also listed "Things I Am Proud Of," including his sons, Vietnam War-era activism, and his work as a writer for "SNL" in the early 1980s and producer for the Canadian comedy show "Kids in the Hall." 

He concluded: "May you all have the happy lives you deserve. Thank you all for being in my life."

On his Facebook page the day before, Bodolai posted, "I'm alone this year and am volunteering serving Christmas dinner to the homeless. Perhaps I will be one, but I love all of you and if I make it to next year let's make it a morally, spiritually, better and funnier year."


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Map: Approximate location where Joe Bodolai died. Credit: Los Angeles Times