Young Actor Found Dead in Hotel

Wednesday, July 12th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A young actor who starred in the movie ``Kids'' was found dead in a hotel in an apparent suicide.

Police say the body of Justin Pierce, 25, was found Monday in his room at the Bellagio hotel-casino complex. It appears he hanged himself. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Pierce died the day before the New York premiere of his latest film, ``Pigeonholed.'' It co-stars ``Law and Order'' actor Chris Noth and Rosanna Arquette.

Pierce also appeared in two episodes of the Fox television show ``Malcolm in the Middle'' this year and with rapper Ice Cube in ``Next Friday,'' released earlier this year.

Pierce, of Los Angeles, was in town working on a video shoot for a fashion company.

Last year, actor David Strickland hanged himself at the Oasis Motel, also on the Las Vegas strip. Strickland was a cast member in the TV series ``Suddenly Susan.''