Daryl Easton died accidentally, the coroner’s office says, while the police says it was suicide.

Magician Daryl Easton killed himself in Hollywood’s Magic Castle on Friday, February 24. His death was confirmed on Saturday, after the police, who found his body in a closet at the property, ruled it a suicide.

Daryl Easton (formally Daryl Martinez), a magician mostly known for his card tricks, was discovered dead in a closet, on the property of a very famous private club in Hollywood: The Magic Castle. The staff called the police on Friday, around 7:30 p.m.. the body of Daryl was found lifeless, in a dressing space, with a bag over his head. After investigation at the scene, police concluded that Easton took his own life.

On Saturday morning, The Magic Castle posted an announcement on social media. “The Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) and the Magic Castle mourn the passing of celebrated magician and AMA family member, Daryl”, the post on Facebook read, adding that the magician was set to perform at the venue the current week. “[He] was found dead on the club’s premises on the evening of Friday, Feb. 24, and his death has been ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles Police Department”.

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Reuters informs that Easton’s death was ruled accidental by the coroner. Even if it was self-inflicted, it was concluded, by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Department, that the man killed himself by accidentally hanging himself.

Daryl Easton was 61-years-old at the time of his passing. He was born in California and rose to fame in Las Vegas. In 2001, he had a magic performance at the inauguration of President George W. Bush.  He was a Magic Castle favorite, having collaborated with the club on a constant basis since 1980.

Easton was described by Academy of Magical Arts spokesperson Vicki Greenleaf as a “really, really good close-up magician” and very popular as “a card guy”. “He didn’t perform illusions”, Greenleaf added.

Easton is survived by his wife, Alison Easton.