Eric Lynch is an actor who plays Homeless Man on Fringe. He died on September 20, 2014 in Sacramento, California.
On September 18, 2014, Lynch began to feel "normal" stomach pains after eating. His caretaker Jon suggested the following evening that he see a doctor after showing no signs of improvement, but Lynch declined stating that he was feeling fine otherwise. On the morning of September 20, Lynch woke up saying that he felt "unstable", prompting Jon to call an ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, paramedics found that Lynch had low blood pressure and took him to the hospital. After arriving, Lynch's liver and kidneys began to shut down and he died around 3:15 PM.
On September 21, Lynch's longtime friend and manager Johnny Fratto became the first to report his death. Fratto tweeted "I am so sorry and so sad to inform everyone that my friend Eric "The Actor" Lynch passed away yesterday afternoon!!!"
News of Lynch's death received considerable media attention with outlets as high profile as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN and TMZ all reporting his death. Celebrities including Zach Braff, Zac Efron and Diana Degarmo among others Tweeted their condolences, with Eric's trademark sign off "bye for now" trending number one as a Twitter Hashtag. Jimmy Kimmel was so upset by the news that he called The Stern Show first thing on September 22, even though he had an infant child and it was only 4:00 am Pacific Standard Time during the broadcast. Eric, a huge fan of WWE and The Oakland A's, was mourned during telecasts of both organizations, with the on-air personalities signing off the A's broadcast by saying "bye for now." Eric's roommate Jon spoke with Howard and encouraged fans to have Eric's favorite foods, Pepsi and bacon, in his honor.