Drake J. Sather, a stand-up comedian and screenwriter, committed suicide on March 3. Sather was reportedly depressed over the breakup of his marriage and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 44.
The Seattle native started in show business as a stand-up comedian. He penned material for David Spade, and wrote for “Saturday Night Live” during its 1993-94 season. Sather went on to write for numerous TV shows, including “News Radio,” “The Dennis Miller Show” and “Ed.” He received an Emmy nomination for his work on “The Larry Sanders Show,” and co-wrote a skit with actor Ben Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards that later became the basis for the 2001 movie, “Zoolander.”
Until last month, Sather was in pre-production on the new FOX comedy, “Mr. Ed,” which stars David Alan Basche, Garret Dillahunt, Sherilyn Fenn and Sherman Hemsley. He was the writer and executive producer of the show.