N.Y. artist missing after apparent suicide

July 21, 2007 at 5:48 PM
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NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) -- New York artist Jeremy Blake, who worked on Adam Sandler's "Punch-Drunk Love," apparently committed suicide in the surf of New York's Rockaway Beach.

Blake, 36, who also exhibited his work at the Whitney Museum, reportedly was upset by his ex-girlfriend's recent suicide when he went to the beach July 17, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

New York police said the artist's wallet, clothing and a suicide note were found under the Rockaway boardwalk, adding that scuba teams were searching the water but had not yet found a body.

Friends who knew both Blake and his former girlfriend, filmmaker Theresa Duncan, 40, said Blake seemed to be coping with Duncan's death and was scheduled to appear at a memorial service for her Monday in Lapeer, Mich.

Duncan was found dead in her New York apartment recently with a bottle of pills and alcohol nearby.

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