Earlier this year, shockwaves were sent through the Star Trek fandom when Jon Paul Steuer, one of the stars of the show, was found dead in his hotel room.
Now, however, People Magazine has exclusively confirmed that the actor, who was only 33-years-old, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, thus ruling his death a suicide.
Steuer, who got his start as an actor on Star Trek — as well as on Little Giants — was only 33 when he passed away.
The actor, who went by the name Jonny Jewels when he sang lead vocals for the band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., had his death announced on Facebook by his bandmates, who shared the news “with heavy hearts” back in January.
The actor took his own life in Portland, OR.
Steuer played the son of Worf in a 1990 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Star Trek actor is just the latest in a series of celebrity deaths by suicide.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead by hanging in his Paris, France, hotel room last week. He was only 61-years-old. In addition, fashion designer Kate Spade was also found dead by suicide in New York, at the age of 55.
This has inspired many actors to speak out about mental health issues, encouraging both fans and other celebrities to talk about their mental health issues.
Jada Pinkett Smith, actress, wife, and mother, has been the one who has been most vocal about the importance of mental health. In an exclusive interview with People Magazine, Smith said that she frequently considered suicide and encouraged her fans to talk about their problems before taking a “permanent solution” to a “temporary problem.”
Prior to the announcement of the demise of the Star Trek actor, Smith said that mental health is a “daily practice,” and can also be affected by external influences, such as the food you eat and the way you sleep.
Smith took to her Instagram to share a tribute to the two deceased stars and said that she hoped that they found peace in the afterlife — a peace, she said, that he couldn’t seem to find in life.
One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise. We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise...often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on... either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand... but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through. . Love.
Our thoughts are with the entire Star Trek cast, crew, and fandom at this difficult time.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. For readers outside the U.S., visit Suicide.org or Befrienders Worldwide for international resources you can use to find help.