Eric the Actor leaves behind an unexpected legacy
Eric Lynch, better known as Eric the Actor, rose to fame as the 3-1/2-foot tall, foul-mouthed, argumentative addition to Howard Stern's "Wack Pack." But as those close to the entertainer mourn his recent death, fans have brought forth some seriously beautiful tributes that give us a whole new respect for Lynch and Stern's fan base.
Lynch's long-time manager and friend, Johnny Fratto, announced via TMZ that Lynch passed away on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital in Sacramento, California. Lynch had been suffering from heart problems for quite a while. He was 39.
It didn't take Lynch fans very long to express their sadness through art, and tributes to the radio personality have been popping up all over social media. While loyal followers of the Wack Pack may have a penchant for gross humor and snark, they certainly have no shortage of emotion or talent.
Fan art in the form of watercolor, photography and comic book illustrations were posted on Twitter that show just how much Lynch meant to people all over.
Twitter user @davidchoe posted a gorgeous watercolor rendering of Lynch in his wheelchair.
@tchristensenart posted an amazing painting of Lynch as an angel in his wheelchair being carried off by balloons, which is also a nod to an infamous argument the actor had with Stern, who wanted to attempt to levitate his wheelchair in a manner similar to the picture.
@mattjacobsart contributed his depiction of Lynch as a comic book angel superhero, happily surrounded by babes, while @BasicsDoneWell sent peace and love to Lynch's family.
Stern, who just a little over a week ago delivered a raunchily fitting eulogy at Joan Rivers' funeral, used his SiriusXM show on Monday to pay homage and express his shock over Lynch's death. "I knew [with] the situation with his health we'd lose him at any time, but I never really thought the day would come, because he always seemed to be beating the odds," Stern said. "It affected me so much and even my wife... she was crying. She felt so sad to hear that Eric was gone and she couldn't explain why. That's how I think all of us are feeling right now."