‘Treme’ Actor’s Final Days: Depression and a Devastating Disease

Aug 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Police investigating the death of Michael Showers, whose body was found floating in the Mississippi River this week, say the actor died of drowning, People magazine reports.

Showers, who had a small role in HBO’s “Treme,” was reportedly battling anxiety and depression, and received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in March. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities were awaiting results of toxicology tests.

Police said they found no signs of trauma to Showers’ body. They were still searching for his car.

Showers’ girlfriend, Melinda Carlos, said Showers had gone to a bar that night with someone named Joe, and at one point in the evening had sent her a text message with a photo of himself and Joe. Authorities were trying to track down Joe.

“Treme” creator David Simon released a statement, saying: "Michael Showers was a fine actor who contributed his talents to our drama in the warmest and most professional way."

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