Nick Santino, Soap Opera Actor, Kills Himself In Grief After Euthanizing Dog
A struggling soap opera actor named Nick Santino killed himself this week after euthanizing his beloved dog. On Wednesday, police discovered Santino, dead of a deliberate drug overdose, only hours after the devastated actor put his pit bull Rocco to sleep.
“Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Santino wrote in his suicide note. “Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”
It appears that Santino felt he had no option but to euthanize the pit bull amid complaints from his Manhattan apartment building, which banned the breed but had allowed Rocco to stay under a set of strict rules. The upsetting story was first reported by the New York Post.
According to the newspaper, Santino, who made appearances on shows including “All My Children” and “Guiding Light,” adopted Rocco from a shelter several years ago. In recent months, the depressed actor reportedly felt more and more pressure from his building’s management and neighbors to get rid of the pit bull. It’s not entirely clear why Santino felt euthanizing Rocco was his only choice, but he did so on Tuesday, which happened to be the actor’s 47th birthday.
Santino then ended his own life. The remains of both pet and owner are to be cremated.