September 10, 2017
This article originally appeared on Variety.
Michael Friedman, a New York theater veteran whose “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” made a rockstar out of the seventh president, died on Saturday due to complications of HIV/AIDs. He was 41.
The Public Theater, where Friedman was an artist in residence and director of the Public Forum, announced the news. The Public Theater is also where “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” made its New York premiere in 2009, before hitting Broadway the next year.
“Michael Friedman was one of the most brilliant, multi-talented theater artists of our time,” Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. “He was also a miracle of a human being: loving, kind, generous, hilarious, thrilling. His loss leaves a hole in the theater world that cannot be filled, and a hole in the hearts of those who loved him that will last forever.”