RIP, Joe Bodolai

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December 27, 2011 at 4:40p
Joe Bodolai (1949 - 2011)

Former SNL writer and television producer Joe Bodolai is dead of what appears to be a suicide. He was 63 years old.

He was a very witty and droll guy (his "headline" following the Casey Anthony verdict was about Florida's landmark decision to legalize post-birth abortions) and even in his common prose was unable to keep the sarcasm and wit from flowing. That is often the case with people who are funny for a living.

Comedy is often borne out of pain. While it's hard to pinpoint what it was that drove him to take his own life, there are a few things about Bodolai that we do know: He was a Cleveland sports fan, and he loved the Browns and the Indians. That in and of itself is the best kind of pain for a comedy writer: The tortuous, self-loathing and occasionally funny kind.

Bodolai was also a Buckeye fan and an 11W commenter and contributor, who was quite vocal throughout the Tatgate scandal about putting what was happening in Ohio State into the proper context with what was being perpetuated outside of Columbus.

He left what now obviously looks like a suicide note and leaves behind two sons.

RIP, Joe.

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