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Producer and Author Perry Moore Found Dead

Perry Moore, a producer on The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise and an author of the 2007 novel Hero, about a gay teen superhero, was found dead in his apartment on Thursday, the NYDN reports:

Moore Perry Moore, 39, was found unconscious in the bathroom at about 9:30 a.m. by his partner, Hunter Hill, inside the W. Houston St. home they shared, the sources said.

"We're in shock," said the producer's father, Bill Moore, 69, adding that he just spoke to his son the night before.

"He was in a great, great mood," he said. "No one was expecting this."

Moore - who with beau Hill wrote and directed "Lake City," starring Sissy Spacek and Rebecca Romijn - was pronounced dead shortly after responders arrived. The exact cause of death has not been determined, but sources said it appeared to be an overdose of OxyContin.

Hero won the Lambda Award in LGBT Children's/Young Adult category from the Lambda Literary Awards.

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  1. I read Hero. I thought it was a beautiful book and empowering for young LGBT individuals. I'm heartbroken that he has passed away.

    Posted by: Blaz | Feb 18, 2011 5:58:30 PM

  2. I'm devastated. I loved Hero, and thought that Perry Moore, like the title of his book, was a real life hero for gays everywhere. He was successful and intelligent, and by all accounts that I am aware of a great guy... someone for others to look up to. This is terrible news.

    Posted by: Jon B | Feb 18, 2011 6:08:39 PM

  3. For what it's worth, this was posted on his Facebook wall by one of his friends:

    "Perry Moore did NOT die of an overdose of oxycontin. He did not even have oxycontin. Medical examiner said he was in excellent condition overall and the cause of his death will not be known for several more days or even weeks. Any publication or site disparaging my friend with any suggestion that he overdosed should immediately take that misinformation down and apologize to Perry's friends, family and fans. It is disrespectful to those of us who knew him and loved him and it is simply incorrect."

    Posted by: DG | Feb 18, 2011 7:05:08 PM

  4. Drugs?

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Feb 18, 2011 7:05:38 PM

  5. Sad. Depressing news.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 18, 2011 7:20:09 PM

  6. I feel bad for his partner.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 18, 2011 7:27:22 PM

  7. I didn't like Hero, it read like fanfiction written by a 16 year old, but to go at 39, damn. So sad.

    Posted by: Halcyon | Feb 18, 2011 7:31:09 PM

  8. Sounds like either drugs or kinky sex...winder if he picked up a "straight" guy who was "hot"

    Posted by: shannon | Feb 18, 2011 7:50:27 PM

  9. Oh God No! He's a very talented person, and further more I was waiting for the sequel to his book.

    Posted by: Supaspydaman | Feb 18, 2011 8:23:08 PM

  10. Aren't there any internet sleuths in 2011? Gay people don't murder each other?Stealth! Don't expect the Coroner's office to give you the truth. The key thing to research is his Clinton connection. 911 was very much an inside job.

    Posted by: Charly Backfish | Feb 18, 2011 9:42:11 PM

  11. "Sounds like either drugs or kinky sex"
    One can only hope that's a joke.
    From what little is said, it could be anything, and the family is distraught.
    Any conjecture is really rather disturbing, and a complete disregard for anything resembling the truth.

    Posted by: DG | Feb 18, 2011 9:52:23 PM

  12. All I know is a good man is dead. After i read HERO I wrote him a email and he wrote back. I regret not replying with my answer. We don't know how he died, and its none of our business, just be sad hes dead

    Posted by: Thrutc | Feb 18, 2011 10:59:47 PM

  13. @HALCYON - The man is dead at 39 years of age. A book critique at this stage of the game is not only disrespectful it's downright despicable.

    @SHANNON - Disgusting!

    So sorry for your loss, family and loved ones.

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 18, 2011 11:27:56 PM

  14. Very sad. He was clearly a bright, talented guy, and a great role model for the community. He'll certainly be missed.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 19, 2011 2:08:33 AM

  15. Very sad. Regardless if this was a suicide or not, those gay people out there need to chose LIFE. I want you to live. Don't let others get you down. Keep pushing forward.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 19, 2011 5:22:59 AM

  16. This is awful. I really enjoyed his work.

    Posted by: Thomas | Feb 19, 2011 7:28:14 AM

  17. Perry was a kind man who through his experience of writing Hero found a calling to help gay kids. He is no longer in pain. I am personally grateful for his friendship. God bess him and my thoughts and prayers are with Hunter and Perry's family during this difficult moment.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 19, 2011 8:49:38 AM

  18. According to a Virginia Beach news report (which seems a bit calmer than the Daily News's report), Moore's father "said the doctor told him it could be eight weeks for toxicology testing to determine an exact cause of death. Bill Moore said his son had been postponing knee and back surgery and was taking prescription pain medication. Doctors told Bill Moore his son may have developed a tolerance to the medicine, leading him to take higher doses. That may have contributed to his death, Bill Moore said. New York media reports that Perry Moore overdosed on Oxycontin are wrong, Bill Moore said."

    Posted by: Mitch | Feb 19, 2011 9:09:31 AM

  19. Most likely drugs overdose; stop trying to hold him up higher than the truth of what happened

    Posted by: True Words | Feb 19, 2011 11:24:44 AM

  20. Have any of you vicious clowns considered that he might have had an aneurism? Or a stroke? Even healthy-looking people can die suddenly.

    Posted by: wimsy | Feb 19, 2011 11:34:16 AM

  21. "Most likely drugs overdose; stop trying to hold him up higher than the truth of what happened"
    You have absolutely no reason to make that assumption from what is known - no reason at all. And the fact you call yourself 'True Words' would be laughable, if what you have to say wasn't so inflamatory and despicable.

    Posted by: DG | Feb 19, 2011 12:05:26 PM

  22. The queens here trashing or speculating about this poor man dying are disgusting, though not a shock. People who are unhappy seem to get off on bringing people down to their level.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 19, 2011 2:26:49 PM

  23. Who cares what he died of? I don't even know about this individual, but it's still sad this talented man is no longer with us. Can us gay show some humanity and just show some compassion to those he left behind?

    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 20, 2011 7:19:51 PM

  24. Rest In Peace, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Feb 22, 2011 10:54:57 PM

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