Magician's Body Found Inside Hollywood's Magic Castle

The magic community was mourning the death of a celebrated magician Saturday morning after he was found dead inside of an iconic Hollywood magician's club Friday night.

Employees at The Magic Castle at 7001 Franklin Avenue discovered a male performer's body and reported the death around 7:24 p.m., according to Sgt. Larry Hernandez of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man who died was a magician who has been performing on and off at the club for the past few decades, according to police. The cause of his death was from an apparent suicide, Hernandez said.

NBC4 confirmed with the coroner's office Sunday morning that the cause of death was suicide.

Saturday morning, the Academy of Magical Arts identified the man as celebrated magician Daryl Easton.

"The magic community mourns the loss of one of our most beloved and talented performers and the AMA’s deepest regrets and heart-felt sympathy go out to Daryl’s family," the statement read. 

Employees said he died right before he was supposed to perform. They were shocked to learn about his death and said the magician was a beloved act at the club.

Easton was an award winning "close-up magician with over 40 years of experience in both performing and selling the finest magic in the world," read the statement. He had performed thousands of shows, and performed as a headline act in Las Vegas for seven years. 

Sections of The Magic Castle were shut down for the investigation, Hernandez said.

No further details were immediately available.

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