Star Trek actor’s death ruled suicide


A followup on some sad news in the Trek-verse. The death of actor Jon Paul Steuer, who played AlexanderRozhenko has been ruled a suicide. Steuer died more than six months ago, but Portland police just released the cause of death this week.

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Though probably most known among Star Trek fans as Alexander Rozhenko.  He was one of several actors to portray Alexander Rozhenko throughout the character’s appearances on Star Trek: TNG and DS9. Steuer was the first actor to portray the character. Steuer also was a regular of Grace Under Fire and was in the movie Little Giants. At the time, his cause of death was unclear. This week, Portland police announced that his cause of death was suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

After his time on Grace Under Fire, Steuer left the field of acting. He opened a vegan restaurant in Portland, Oregon and recently was involved with the band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. At the time of his death the band released this statement via the band’s Facebook page:

We’ve lost our singer, but far, far more than that we’ve lost a friend. Rest in peace, Jonny…we love you.

“It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer. The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet. We’ve lost our singer, but far, far more than that we’ve lost a friend. Rest in peace, Jonny…we love you. Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018.”

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This is just the latest in what has been a tragic couple weeks in terms of high profile suicides. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide please reach out to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here or call 1-800-273-8255.