Marina Sirtis, the famous actress who played Counselor Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, lost her husband of 28 years, Michael Lamper, on December 8, 2019. He was 61 years old and died peacefully in his sleep. But what was the cause of his death? And how did Marina cope with the tragic loss? Here is what we know so far about the mysterious death of Michael Lamper and the life he shared with Marina Sirtis.
Who Was Michael Lamper?
Michael Lamper was an American singer, guitarist, and actor. He was born on January 2, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. He started his musical career as a teenager, playing in various bands and performing at local venues. He was the lead singer of the Steely Jam Band, a tribute band to Steely Dan. He also played guitar for the rock band Quiet Riot in 1984.
Michael Lamper had a passion for acting as well. He appeared in several TV shows and movies, such as Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and Star Trek: Voyager. He also played an Acamarian Gatherer in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Vengeance Factor” in 1989. That was where he met his future wife, Marina Sirtis.
How Did Michael Lamper and Marina Sirtis Meet and Marry?
Michael Lamper and Marina Sirtis met in 1989 during the filming of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They were introduced by a mutual friend, Anna Turkel, who was also an actress. They hit it off right away and started dating soon after. They had a lot in common, such as their love for music, animals, and sci-fi.
Michael Lamper and Marina Sirtis got married on June 21, 1992, in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. Marina wore a white gown and a veil, while Michael wore a black tuxedo and a Star Trek pin. The wedding was attended by many of their friends and co-stars from Star Trek, such as Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, John de Lancie, Armin Shimerman, and Colm Meaney.
The couple lived happily in Los Angeles with their three dogs: Skye (a golden retriever), Lola (a Yorkshire terrier), and Mollie (a Jack Russell terrier). They also had a home in Lake Arrowhead, where they enjoyed hiking, skiing, and boating. They did not have any children of their own but were very close to their nieces and nephews.
What Was the Cause of Michael Lamper’s Death?
Michael Lamper died on December 8, 2019, at his home in Los Angeles. He died peacefully in his sleep. The cause of his death has not been officially revealed to the public. However, some sources have speculated that he might have suffered from a heart attack or a stroke.
Marina Sirtis announced the news of her husband’s death on Twitter on December 9, 2019. She wrote:
I’m going to be gone for a while. My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. For those of you waiting for a shoutout on Cameo please forgive me I don’t feel up to i. I’ll let you know when the service is back on.
She also thanked her fans for their support and condolences:
I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love. I feel less alone.
Many of her friends and colleagues from Star Trek and other shows also expressed their sympathy and sadness over Michael’s death. Some of them were:
- Robert Picardo: “This is such sad news. Will pray for Michael’s peace and comfort in your grief dear person.”
- Manu Intiraymi: “You want a couple of dorks to hang out with watch movies get coffee just call us.”
- Garrett Wang: “I just learned of René’s passing half an hour ago and now to learn of Michael’s passing I can’t believe it.”
- Armin Shimerman: “My heart goes out to you my friend.”
- John de Lancie: “I am so sorry Marina.”
- Brent Spiner: “So sorry Marina.”
- Jonathan Frakes: “We love you Marina.”
How Is Marina Sirtis Doing Now?
Marina Sirtis has been coping with the loss of her husband with the help of her family, friends, and fans. She has been keeping a low profile on social media since his death but has occasionally posted some updates on her life.
She has also been working on some projects, such as voicing her character Deanna Troi in Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Discovery. She has also appeared in some movies and TV shows, such as 5th Passenger, The Deep Ones, The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, and Dark Sublime.
Marina Sirtis has also been involved in some charitable causes, such as supporting animal rights, mental health awareness, and environmental protection. She has also been vocal about her political views and opinions on various issues.
Marina Sirtis has shown great strength and resilience in the face of adversity. She has honored the memory of her husband by living her life with passion and purpose. She has also inspired many people with her courage and kindness. She is a true star in every sense of the word.