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'Treme' Actor Michael Showers Found Dead in Mississippi River

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 25th 2011 10:20AM
'Treme' is a show that portrays the struggle and hardship that befell New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Yesterday, a real-life tragedy struck 'Treme.'

Michael Showers, who played New Orleans homicide Captain John Guidry on the HBO drama, was found dead in the Mississippi River Wednesday morning. The actor was 45 years old.

A steamboat captain saw Showers' body floating in the river near New Orleans' French Quarter and called the authorities. The police told the New Orleans Times-Picayune his body had been in the water for nearly two days. No official cause of death has yet been determined.

The death is eerily reminiscent of on-screen suicide that occurred in Season 1 of the show, when John Goodman's character Creighton Bernette killed himself by jumping off a steamboat into the Mississippi.

In the show, Showers' Capt. Guidry character butted heads with David Morse's Lt. Terry Colson over whether NOPD officers should be investigated for violence in the aftermath of Katrina.

Showers has also appeared on 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'Breaking Bad.' His film credits include 'The Tree of Life,' 'Traffic,' 'I Love You Phillip Morris,' and 'Colombiana.'

Showers' death marks the second blow to the 'Treme' family in the past year-and-a-half. In April of 2010, writer David Mills died of a brain aneurysm while shooting the show's first season. He was 48.

Update: 'Treme' creator David Simon has released a statement of condolence on behalf of the show:

"Michael Showers was a fine actor who contributed his talents to our drama in the warmest and most professional way. We enjoyed his work -- and working with him. Going forward, we're going to miss having him as part of our production. All of which seems of little import in light of the loss of a man's whole life, and what that loss truly means to him, his family, his friends. Our respect and condolences go to them, especially."


More: A clip from Season 2 of 'Treme'

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Josh Robinson

I meet Michael showers at his house. I was selling door to door for Atat Uverse. I saw him like 2 Days before his Death and i sat. And talked to him like 2 hours the guy had a lot to talk about. That's so crazy that it happened like that. I really don't think that he killed himself. There is something else going on. My name is Joshua Robinson
Email joshrobinson87000@gmail.com

November 05 2011 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lynx612

This is creepy. There's more to this than meets the eye.

August 30 2011 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
silver98bird

Oh wow I thought it said Michael Powers which is my ex. I was happy for a second....

August 29 2011 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
russsellndnbunny

thats crazy why would someone take their own life. esp. being in the limelife of things. people are just going insane theres days cant handle pressure, cant handle fame cant handle life itself. life has to much to offer to be cutting it short yourself. so many things left undone unsaid. and now unanswered. to bad.

August 27 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Rodger

I like that show very much. It is nice to see the actors from that show. The Wire is another action drama that I liked.

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