“Saturday Night Live” lost a former writer to suicide over the holidays. Joe Bodolai, responsible for a number of skits and the first draft of the movie “Wayne’s World,” was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on Monday.
TMZ confirmed that Bodolai’s body was found by a cleaning crew, along with a bottle of Gatorade and antifreeze, suggesting it was a suicide. The LAPD could not confirm if a suicide note was found on the scene. The writer was 63 years old.
Recently Bodolai left a cryptic message on his personal Facebook page. "I'm alone this year and am volunteering serving Christmas dinner to the homeless. Perhaps I will be one, but I love all of you and if I make it to next year let's make it a morally, spiritually, better and funnier year," he shared with friends, family and colleagues. He also wrote a blog entry titled “If This Was Your Last Day Alive What Would You Do?” containing bullet points about the low and high points of his life.
Bodolai shared he was proud of protesting the Vietnam war and draft register, his ex-wife, Bianca, his two sons, working as a publicity director for the Toronto Blue Jays and working for SNL during the 1981-1982 season. He also was proud of producing “Kids in the Hall” for HBO and co-writing “Wayne‘s World“ with star Mike Myers. “I kinda knew our draft was really a second movie, not an expository first reveal, but my heart wanted him to find his voice. He sure did," he wrote.
According to the entry he was least happy about the inability to overcome his alcoholism and the pain it caused everyone around him.