Former 'SNL' writer dead of apparent suicide

Joe Bodolai, a former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” committed suicide in a Hollywood hotel room, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s office. He was 63.

Coroner’s office spokesman Craig Harvey said room service staff found Bodolai’s body Monday afternoon in a room at Hollywood’s Re-Tan Hotel. He checked into the hotel on Dec. 19.

Bodolai posted what amounted to a suicide note on his blog Friday. In a post titled “If This Was Your Last Day Alive What Would You Do?,” he enumerated “Stuff I Would Like to Have Seen In My Life” and “Things I Regret”; among the latter was his “inability to conquer my alcoholism,” suffering he caused his family and not pushing harder to remain with the Comedy Network in Canada.

Bodolai co-wrote the first draft of the script to the 1992 feature comedy “Wayne’s World” with Mike Myers, though he did not receive screen credit. He was a writer for “SNL” from 1981-82; head writer and producer for the brief 1987 CBC series “It’s Only Rock and Roll”; supervising producer for “The Kids in the Hall” from 1990-91; and an exec producer of the Canadian standup comedy series “Comics.”

Most recently he was a writer-producer on the 2001 series “After Hours” for Canada’s Comedy Network.

Survivors include Bodolai’s sons.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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