Eric Lynch, Sacramento resident and longtime irascible caller to Howard Stern’s national radio show, has died.
Lynch, who went by the name of Eric the Actor, died Saturday. He was 39.
His longtime caretaker and friend said on Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Monday that Lynch’s kidneys and liver began shutting down when he was admitted to a Sacramento hospital.
Lynch’s death was confirmed on Twitter by his longtime manager Johnny Fratto. Lynch was a member of Stern’s collection of call-in contributers, including Lester “Beetlejuice” Green and Jeff the Drunk Curro, known as the Wack Pack, although Lynch denied ever belonging to such a motley crew.
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He appeared as a regular caller to the Stern show for 12 years. Lynch followed the Sacramento Kings, admired “American Idol” contestant Diana DeGarmo and was a big fan professional wrestling.
Lynch, who used a wheelchair and was about 3 feet 5 inches tall, was originally called “Eric the Midget” by Stern and others associated with the show.
It was a name he hated. Once he started landing bit parts on television shows, roles arranged by Stern, he became Eric the Actor to millions of radio listeners who delighted in his angry responses to Stern’s good-natured needling.
He appeared on the shows “In Plain Sight,” “Fringe” and “American Dreams,” according to IMDb.
While some listeners called him ungrateful for all that Stern did for him, which included getting him dates with prostitutes at a Nevada brothel, others delighted in Lynch’s spunky attitude.
Personalities tweeted their regrets that Lynch had passed away. Among them were talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, actor Jonah Hill, singer Natalie Maines, talk-show host Andy Cohen and former Stern Show member Artie Lange.
“Eric the Actor was my all-time favorite caller and I will miss him terribly,” tweeted Kimmel.
His caretaker said on the Stern show that services would be private. Remembrances may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817.