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.