We're sad to report that actor Richard Brooker passed away earlier today, at the age of 59. The actor/stuntman is best known for playing Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part III, and was a frequent guest at horror conventions around the world where many fans had a chance to meet him.
There are no details on the cause of his death at this time, but the news was confirmed by his business manager, Eric Branden:
"It is my sad obligation to tell all of you that my first client and dear friend RICHARD J. BROOKER past away earlier today. There are many words spoken and there are so many words left unspoken. I'm still shocked so excuse me that I leave you with only this few words only. My prayers go out to his family all over the world."
Our thoughts are with his friends and family, and we'll update this story if more details or quotes from those who knew him come in. [Source: Fridaythe13thfranchise.com]