Apparent Suicide for Actor Grief-stricken Over His Dead Pup

A struggling New York actor seen in various supporting roles in a number of TV shows produced in New York City committed suicide reportedly because he was despondent over the euthanasia death of his puppy.

The actor was Nick Santino, 47, who had recurring roles in the New York-based soaps “Guiding Light” (in 2002) and “All My Children” (in 2001). More recently, he had minor roles in CW’s “Gossip Girl” and USA’s “Royal Pains,” according to his page on the Internet Movie Database,

But his private life was apparently rocked by grief over the death of his dog, a pitbull mix that was reportedly unwelcome in the Manhattan apartment building in which Santino lived. A story in Saturday’s New York Post here reports that building management had been pressuring Santino to get rid of the dog – a conflict that’s fairly common in New York City apartment buildings.

As a result of the pressure, Santino reportedly had the dog put down, though it suffered from no debilitating or life-threatening illnesses or conditions. According to the story, Santino was so despondent over what he had done that he swallowed a bottle of pills and killed himself.

Santino’s 47th birthday was this past week.

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