I will never be able to look at ice cream the same.
Today we recieved tragic news that Peter Licassi, who played Paul Terenzi in Killer Klowns From Outer Space, tragically took his own life at the young age of 61. This news came from co-star/friend Mciahel Siegal.
Siegel writes over on Facebook, “On Thursday August 27th 2020, my friend, my brother, my partner in comedy Peter Licassi lost his battle with depression and took his own life. Peter had been struggling with depression for many years choosing to live a very private life. In the prime of his life, Peter was incredibly talented. Funny, clever, an accomplished musician (man, could he play the banjo), a wonderful actor and a brilliant comedian. His timing was impeccable and his ability to take an idea and turn it into an entertaining routine was his gift.”
“But Peter was more than that. He was kind and generous and supportive and would do anything for you,” Siegel continues. “He was tough too. He always stood up for what he believed in. He was a perfectionist and at times those moments were difficult to handle. But he was honest, protective and caring. I was fortunate to have worked side by side on stage (me on his left, he on my right in perfect harmony) with him for 16 years and even more fortunate to have been his friend for 38 years and learn what a true friendship can be. I will never forget the laughs we shared, the success we had and the tears we cried together. From now and for the rest of my life whenever I look to my right I will see my friend, my brother, my partner enjoying the hell out of life.”
Siegel adds, “If you or someone you know is suffering from depression please, please, please don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk to someone. If you live in the UK please call the suicide prevention hotline 116 123. If you live in the States please call 1-800 448 1833.”
Killer Klowns creators the Chiodo Brothers also paid tribute to Licassi on their Facebook page, writing: “It’s with great sadness that we share this terrible news. Pete will forever be in our hearts and his memory will live on. Our condolences to his family and brother in life, Michael Siegel. Depression is real and a serious illness. If you suffer from depression, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Rest in peace our dear friend, Peter Licassi aka Paul Terenzi.”