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Spalding Gray found dead in NY river

March 8, 2004 at 8:38 PM

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Missing writer and actor Spalding Gray has been found dead in New York's East River, the City Medical Examiner's office said Monday.

Gray, who had reportedly long suffered depression and had a history of suicide attempts, was missing and feared dead since Jan. 10.

Witnesses told police they saw a man who looked like Gray on the Staten Island Ferry the night he vanished.

Monday's New York Post said no identification was found on the badly decomposed corpse pulled from the river Sunday.

The body was checked against a list of missing persons and

the city announced Monday afternoon that it belonged to Gray, reported New York's local NY1 television station.

Gray acted in "The Killing Fields" and "The Paper" and wrote and performed nearly 20 monologues, several of which were turned into books or films, such as "Swimming in Cambodia."

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