The body of actor Michael Showers was found floating along the Mississippi river last Wednesday. Showers was a star in HBO drama Treme and played the role of police Capt. John Guidry.
According to a New Orleans official, Showers, 45, could have been in the river for up to two days before it was discovered by the captain of a steamboat.
The actor was reported missing by his girlfriend, who became worried when he did not return home after a night out in the French Quarter. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
In the series, Showers’ captain comes under criticism for his command over the department’s homicide squad, especially in the real-life murder case of Helen Hill, which producers worked into the plot of the story.
“Michael Showers was a fine actor who contributed his talents to our drama in the warmest and most professional way,” said series creator David Simon in a statement from HBO on Thursday.
He later also told the Time-Picayune: “He did very well with what we gave him. We did not want him to be a complete mustache-twirler in the sense of complete villain, but we wanted him to be very institutional and very resistant to an outside critique, which I think is typical of all institutions and I think very typical of the NOPD at that particular time in its history.
“He was representing an institution that was sitting on top of an awful lot of dysfunction, and we represented that.”
Fellow Treme star Wendell Pierce Tweeted on Wednesday night: “Rest in Peace to my costar Michael Showers. ‘Capt Guidry’ on TREME. He will be a lasting part of our New Orleans story and television history.”
Showers had also previously appeared on TV in shows like Breaking Bad, The Vampire Diaries and in feature films including I LoveYou Phillip Morris and The Tree of Life.