An autopsy is pending on the actor who appeared on the New Orleans HBO drama

By Charlotte Triggs Rennie Dyball
August 25, 2011 01:30 PM
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Actor Michael Showers, who had a small role on the HBO drama Treme, was found dead in the Mississippi River Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Port of New Orleans confirms to EW.

His body was first spotted floating in the river near New Orleans French Quarter by a steamboat captain.

Showers, 45, appeared to have been dead for about two days before he was found. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.

“Michael Showers was a fine actor who contributed his talents to our drama in the warmest and most professional way,” said David Simon in a statement from HBO Thursday.

Treme star Wendell Pierce Tweeted Wednesday night: “Rest in Peace to my costar Michael Showers. ‘Capt Guidry’ on TREME. He will be a lasting part of our New Orleans story and television history.”