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Nick Santino Gossip Girl Actor Suicide Shocks Friends

Posted: January 30th, 2012 in Nick Santino by LALATE

Nick Santino Gossip Girl Actor Suicide Shocks Friends



LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Nick Santino (photos below) appeared in Gossip Girl and Royal Pains last year. But Nick Santino called a friend Tuesday night to tell her that he was going to commit suicide. The All My Children and Guiding Light soap opera star had seen a revitalization in his career in the last twelve months. But Santino had also seen new hostilities from his condo board at One Lincoln Plaza towards his maintenance of a pit bull in his apartment.

On Tuesday night, Sandra Tarr reportedly received a phone call from Nick Santino. In a Facebook post, Tarr mourns her friend Nick. She wrote “Nick Santino, you were so dear and special to me and when you called me on Tuesday and cried and told me you didn’t want to live anymore, I should have called 911.” She also wrote “Why didn’t I just take Rocco when you called me back in November…Why, why, why?”

Rocco was a five year old pit bull dog that Santino had rescued from a shelter. But he had told news and friends at the time that the dog had rescued him.

Santino’s mental state in the last five years remained uncertain. But he claimed that the dog had rescued his own life and turned him around. His career certainly reflected that.

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Santino’s big credits came years earlier. In 1998 he began the role of Officer Anton on All My Children. He played the character off and on for three years. He would eventually made news be featured in the All My Children 25th Anniversary special.

But All My Children wasn’t Santino’s only soap role. He then moved on to play Father Soto on Guiding Light in 2002. The role continued for a six-episode arch.

Santino’s family has yet to detail what Nick meant by Rocco “rescuing” him. But his career changed since 2010. Last year he moved on to a guest appearances on Gossip Girl (CW) and Royal Pains (USA). He was a hedge fund guru on the CW series and a club owner on the USA network show.

But with long daily shooting schedules, what was Nick to do with Rocco? As Nick’s career improved, suddenly One Lincoln Plaza changed its pet policy. Rocco was “grandfathered”. While the new pet policy prohibited pit-bulls altogether, Rocco was allowed to remain.

But new restrictions were difficult on Nick. Among them was a restriction on how many hours Nick could leave the dog alone unattended. By 2011, as Nick’s career took off, that restriction became a bigger problem for him.

Tarr wrote “Why didn’t I just take Rocco when you called me back in November…Why, why, why?” It remains unclear what efforts Nick took to find Rocco a new home, or to board Rocco during film shooting. But somehow, something went wrong. The board did not tell him to euthanize the dog.

But on Tuesday, Nick Santino made the decision to euthanize Rocco. The question of why and how remains unanswered. How did any vet approve the euthanizing of a healthy pet rather than put it up for adoption? Why didn’t Santino board the dog temporarily during film shoots? And if not, why didn’t Nick give up Rocco for adoption?

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Santino claimed to friends that he was harassed consistently by a condo board that wanted the dog out of their building. Some condo board members contended the dog was barking, others claimed Rocco wasn’t barking.

But the harassment, in Santino’s mind, drove him to euthanize the dog. It also, reportedly, caused Santino to suffer massive depression. The board has yet to issue a formal news statement. But one member disputes the allegation that their pet-policy caused Santino to euthanize his dog.

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One day after euthanizing Rocco, Santino wrote a suicide note. In it, he said he made a mistake with Rocco. And with that, the 47 year old soap opera star took his own life.

Santino spent his life playing characters larger than life, in jet-ski crash scenes, cop characters, and club owners. But on Wednesday, Santino feared he had made the wrong decision in euthanizing Rocco.

Family members and the condo board have not fully discussed details of the pet-policy and Santino’s death. But his family confirms that Nick and Rocco will be cremated. They will be buried together, in a funeral this week.







Nick Santino Guiding Light Suicide Prompts Pit Bull Debate

Posted: January 29th, 2012 in Nick Santino by LALATE

Nick Santino Guiding Light Suicide Prompts Pit Bull Policy Debate

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Nick Santino, the Guiding Light and All My Children character actor who committed suicide Wednesday, is prompting a debate about pit bulls in New York City condos. Nick Santino killed himself after a dispute with his building’s management at One Lincoln Plaza. Nick Santino had appeared in shows like Royal Pains and Gossip Girls. But several years he adopted a pit bull, Rocco. That dog, however, prompted a dispute with his building.

Nick Santino said that Rocco had rescued him, not visa-versa, after Santino adopted the runaway dog from a local shelter. The pit bull was in perfect health. But the New York Post claims that, after his adoption of Rocco, Nick Santino’s condo board slowly adopted new pet-policies. One Lincoln Plaza did not comment in a newly published article by the New York Post. In it, the Post claims the pet-polices were “oppressive rules”.

The full extent of those policies are not detailed in the Post news report. But the paper claims “Dogs were forbidden from riding in the main elevator or from being left alone in apartments for more than nine hours. Breeds like Rocco — whom Santino adopted from a shelter — were outlawed, though he was grandfathered in.”

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While Rocco was grandfathered in, the Post claims that Santino still suffered alleged harassment from 1 Lincoln Plaza condo board members. The Post claims that Rocco wasn’t allowed in the elevator and couldn’t be left alone for more than nine hours.

For Santino, that caused a problem. In 2011, Santino began to appear in more roles again. With long production shoots, Santino appeared in Royal Pains and the Gossip Girl series last year, but had to figure out Rocco’s living situation still.

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One neighbor, Lia Pettigrew, tells the Post “Everybody knows that he had been harassed by the building management.” With the only pit-bull mix in the building, Santino ultimately on Tuesday euthanized Rocco. Hours later, Santino went into a deep depression. He gave away the dog’s food to the doorman. He then wrote a suicide note to his friend on Wednesday, hours before he took his life.

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One Lincoln Plaza has refused to comment about the news report and the allegations published in the Post. But board member Marilyn Fireman tells the Post today “I’m sorry the man is dead. But it has nothing to do with the pet policy….You just assumed that [his suicide] was a result of a board’s decision.”






Nick Santino All My Children Suicide Shocks Soap, CW Fans

Posted: January 28th, 2012 in Nick Santino by LALATE

Nick Santino All My Children Suicide Shocks Soap, CW Fans


LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Nick Santino’s All My Children character won fan praise in 2001. Nick Santino (photos below) later joined Guiding Light before moving on to Gossip Girl (CW) and Royal Pains last year. But Santino had another personal pain not disclosed to fans. When Santino rescued a pit bull dog from a local kennel several years ago, Santino told fans and news that the dog in fact rescued him.

Nick Santino played club owner on Royal Pains for two episodes last year. He previously played the character of a hedge fund guru on Gossip Girl on the CW that same year.

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But soap opera fans best know Nick Santino from his 2001 and 2002 roles. He played the character Officer Anton on All My Children. He played the Officer on non-consecutive episodes over a three year period starting in 1998. Santino later made news with the six-episode arch as Father Soto on Guiding Light in 2002. He even appeared in the All My Children 25th Anniversary special.

While Santino’s pictures showed him a dynamic outdoor enthusiast, he hadn’t revealed his private struggles with his apartment building. In New York, his landlord had received complaints of Santino’s dog allegedly barking. Some neighbors contend the allegations were false.

Finally, Santino was told allegedly by his management to euthanize the dog or move out. Santino decided to euthanize his beloved companion. On Tuesday, Nick’s 47th birthday, Santino euthanized the pit bull he called Rocco. Rocco was perfectly healthy.

While the building’s management company has yet to comment to news if the request was in fact made, Santino hours later feared he had made the wrong decision in euthanizing Rocco.

Santino wrote a suicide note to his friend the next day. On Wednesday Santino told his friend that he was going to kill himself for wrongfully, in his mind, killing Rocco. “Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Santino wrote in his suicide note. “Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”

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Santino’s family is outraged at the management company. The building and its company have yet to be identified by local news. Nick and Rocco are set to be creamated and buried together. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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New York’s housing authority has yet to comment about the matter. Local authorities have yet to indicate to news if they will investigate any possible housing violations with the euthanizing request by the management company.

Nick Santino, All My Children Actor, Commits Suicide

Posted: January 28th, 2012 in New York, Nick Santino by LALATE

Nick Santino, All My Children Actor, Commits Suicide


CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Nick Santino (photos below) appeared on All My Children and Guiding Light. But on Wednesday, Nick Santino killed himself, less than one day after he euthanized his dog, a pit bull named Rocco.

Nick Santino had appeared on seven episode of AMC and six episodes of Guiding Light. But in recent days, Santino thought his New York building management was harassing him because he had adopted a pit bull dog.

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After growing pressure, Santino was fined for the dog allegedly barking. Santino had adopted the dog from a shelter several years ago. Finally, the building told Santino that he had to move out or euthanize the pit bull. The dog reportedly was in perfect health, however.

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Santino on Tuesday gave into pressure and euthanized his dog, on Nick’s 47th birthday. Hours later, he believed he had committed a mistake. “Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Santino wrote in his suicide note. “Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.” Santino killed himself on Wednesday.

Rocco and Nick will be cremated and buried together, family members tell news.











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