A struggling New York actor who appeared on "All My Children" and "Guiding Light" was found dead in his apartment last Wednesday in a suicide — one day after he had his beloved dog euthanized, the New York Post reports.
The death of Nick Santino, 47, is being linked to restrictive, anti-canine housing regulations at his condominium complex and a hassle with neighbors over his pitbull mix, Rocco, according to the report.
Santino’s battles with the building’s authority over Rocco had been ongoing, and in 2010 the building adopted strict new dog regulations — including a ban on pitbulls, the story reports. While Santino was allowed to keep the dog, because he already had it, he began to get increased pressure from neighbors, with Rocco being banned from the main elevator and Santino being targeted by what friends described as harassment.
Santino eventually gave up the fight and had Rocco put down, even though the dog was completely healthy. Overcome by grief, Santino killed himself, saying in a suicide note, "Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend. Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this."
Santino overdosed on pills, according to the report.