Actor Commits Suicide

July 8, 2006 By:
Actor Commits Suicide

Emmy-winning As the World Turns star Benjamin Hendrickson died over the weekend at his home in Huntington, N.Y. He was 55.

Police said Hendrickson committed suicide with a gunshot to the head, the Associated Press reports. On Monday, local police officers were called to Hendrickson's Long Island home by concerned neighbors, and found the actor dead in his bed.

Friends told the New York Post on Thursday that the actor had been depressed since the death of his mother from cancer in 2003, the same year he won a Daytime Emmy as best supporting actor in a soap opera.

In his acceptance speech, he dedicated his award to his mother, joking, "To my mom, who scrimped and saved to send me to Juilliard to study the classics – I'm sorry."

For 21 years, Hendrickson, a bachelor, played tough-but-gentle police chief Hal Munson.