The 52-year-old actor Dimitri Diatchenko, who also provided the voices for characters in more than 30 video games, was reportedly taking a break at home to recover after suffering a 220-volt electrocution injury on the job April 13.
Some of Mr. Diatchenko’s co-workers became concerned after he failed to keep in contact with them for several days. One co-worker told police that the last time he heard from the actor was a text message sent on April 20, nearly a week after the work-related injury. In that communication, Mr. Diatchenko said he wasn’t fully recovered from the injury.
Police entered Mr. Diatchenko’s home on April 22 for a wellness check and found him dead, kneeling with his face down on a reclining chair in his living room.
Autopsy results haven’t been made public at this time but his agent said it appears Mr. Diatchenko had a heart attack or other complications from the work injury a week before, according to TMZ. Authorities reportedly found an empty drug bottle next to him. No foul play is suspected.
The actor’s family was reportedly “blindsided” by his unexpected death because they say he was healthy and in good physical shape, TMZ reported.
“Just this week, Diatchenko sent in an audition tape for a guest role on NCIS that ‘went really well,’ according to a source close to the actor,” FOX News reported on April 24.
Further details about his workplace injury have not been publicly disclosed, so it is not clear yet where Mr. Diatchenko was working and what he was doing when the electrical shock occurred.
“Dimitri was a first-generation American of Ukrainian, Greek and Swedish descent,” a statement from his representative said. “He became a familiar face in the homes of many by landing Guest Starring and Recurring roles on the series ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ‘Criminal Minds’ and more.”
Mr. Diatchenko earned his bachelor’s degree in music at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, a few miles from his Daytona home. He received his Master of Music from Florida State University.
“As a soloist, Diatchenko released four guitar albums. Mel Bay Publications published his piece, ‘Tango en Paraiso’ in ‘Master Anthology of New Classic Guitar Solos, Vol. 1,'” the statement added.
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