Andy Cohen's childhood friend found dead in Hudson River
Poughkeepsie, New York - Andy Cohen's childhood friend, actor and playwright Andrew Michael Neiman, has reportedly been found dead on the shore of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. He was only 48 years old.
The sad news of Neiman's death were confirmed by his friend Stephanie Saur on GoFundMe on Saturday, almost one month after he disappeared from the MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York on May 21.
"We are utterly heartbroken to share that Andy's body has been found in Poughkeepsie," she wrote. "THANK YOU to all who have given so much to help with the search."
The grieving friend added: "The funds previously donated will cover funeral costs and we're increasing our goal to raise additional funds to support Andy's 8-year-old daughter."
Neiman's sister Emily Asher Abramson also took to Facebook to share the devastating news.
"Today I am writing the post I hoped I'd never have to ... Yesterday it was confirmed that the body found on the Hudson River shoreline in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday was indeed him," she wrote.
"As before, when we were on the hunt to bring him home, your words of love and prayer and encouragement bring me great comfort at this time," Abramson continued. "Do not be afraid of saying the wrong thing. Thank you for being the web that I can fall into."
"May your soul rest easy, Andy."
Andy Cohen had previously shared a missing persons flyer
Talk show host Andy Cohen previously shared two missing persons flyer to his Facebook page earlier this month. The flyer detailed that Neiman was a "missing vulnerable adult with schizophrenia" and that he may be in need of medical attention.
On June 3, Cohen, who recently hosted the Keeping Up With the Kardashians Reunion special, talked to Page Six about his childhood friend.
"Andy is younger than me, but we went to the same camp – Nebagamon in Wisconsin – and the same high school. I'm praying for his safe return, along with a lot of folks in St. Louis."
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