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Former SNL writer Joe Bodolai found dead

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:10 PM EST, Tue December 27, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: He was found dead at a Hollywood hotel
  • NEW: He wrote a lengthy blog post days before his death
  • The cause of death was apparently suicide, the LAPD says
  • Bodolai also was a producer for "The Kids in the Hall"

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Former "Saturday Night Live" writer Joe Bodolai has been found dead of an apparent suicide, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday.

Bodolai was found dead Monday at a hotel in Hollywood, said Los Angeles County Chief Coroner Craig Harvey. An autopsy is pending, LAPD Officer Gregory Baek said.

Bodolai, 63, wrote for SNL in 1981 and 1982, when stars such as Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo were regular cast members, according to the IMDb website.

He was also a supervising producer on the Canadian comedy show "The Kids in the Hall" in the early 1990s, according to IMDb, and wrote the first draft of the movie "Wayne's World" with star Mike Myers.

Though Harvey said no suicide note was found, Bodolai wrote a lengthy post on his blog last Friday titled, "If this were your last day alive what would you do?"

It listed "Things I think will happen next year," and "Stuff I would like to have seen in my life."

Under "Things I regret," he wrote, "That I am no longer able to withstand any more of life's pain Most of all, the pain I have caused and am now causing my sons and the love of my life, my ex-wife Bianca, my love and connection with her is infinite."

He listed "Saturday Night Live" and the chance to produce "The Kids in the Hall" among the "things I am proud of."

"I'm proud of my life. Not how I lived it. How some of the things I did maybe are more okay than the things people who don't have my life did awful things," he wrote.

"I don't need replies or comments or anything. I need to feel the good that I did and whatever good I have ever done for you is enough for me. May you all have the happy lives you deserve. Thank you all for being in my life."

CNN's Anisa Husain contributed to this report.

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