Los Angeles: Veteran TV comedy writer Chris Thompson, known for his hard-partying lifestyle and professional highs and lows, was found dead at the Toluca Lake home of actor Tim Curry, his longtime friend. He was 63.
Thompson's death was confirmed by his ex-wife, director-producer Lyndall Hobbs. She said Thompson was discovered unconscious by a caregiver at Curry's home on Friday night. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, reported Variety.
Thompson's career stretched from the mid-1970s, through series and pilots ranging from "Bosom Buddies," which marked Tom Hank's breakout vehicle, to the biting Fox showbiz satire "Action."
But his fortunes had been at a low ebb in the five years since he launched the Disney Channel series "Shake It Up!" "He had a very tough time. He could not figure out what to write, and he could not get a job.
He had been staying with Curry out of necessity.We are just shocked, Hobbs said. Since his death, several TV stars have taken to social media to remember Thompson, including "Shake It Up!" stars Zendaya and Bella Thorne.