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Weho Photographer Brian Putnam Dead at 48

The prolific LGBT event photographer is said to have committed suicide.

Editor's note: Brian Putnam's sister Tracy Lynch announced her brother fought a 15-month, not 15-year, battle with addiction and depression. She was misquoted in the article cited below that was published by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which has been corrected in this story.

Photographer Brian Putnam was found dead Dec. 23 in West Hollywood, according to Frontiers magazine. He was 48.

Putnam's sister announced his death publicly Dec. 29 on his Facebook page.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported:

Putnam’s sister, Tracy, posted on his Facebook page that the death was an apparent suicide following a 15-month battle with alcoholism and depression, but Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner’s office said an official cause of death has not yet been established.

Putnam’s body was found at a parking structure at 8600 Santa Monica Blvd., Bale said. ...

Putnam was recognizable around West Hollywood from photographing numerous LGBT festivities, including the GLAAD Awards, the Christopher Street West Pride Parade in West Hollywood, Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, Musical Mondays at Eleven, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center gala, the NOH8 Campaign and numerous other events.

Click here to read the Frontiers article, which contains some of the numerous posts on Putnam's now inaccessible Facebook page after his death was announced.

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E.M. Fredric January 07, 2013 at 07:49 PM
This can be anyone. My heart is with his family.
Tyler January 07, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Horrible. I wish someone could have talked to him or maybe they did and didn't help or they didn't know there was a problem. Sometimes we find out later that the person was battling with internal issues we were unaware of. I hope his family will be okay.
Tracy Lynch January 17, 2013 at 04:17 AM
The first way you can help the family is to not misquote the family... My paragraph announcing my brother's death said 15 MONTH not 15 year battle with alcoholism and depression. Is it that hard to copy and paste a paragraph?????
Joe Taglieri January 17, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Apologies for the factual error, Tracy, and condolences to you and your family. The Press-Telegram blog misquoted you, which I've addressed in an editor's note.

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