It looked scary at first, with an ambulance ride and an admission to the hospital, but Judge Judy says that she only “needed a day to chill.”
Judith Sheindlin, 68, went to L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday after complaining of intestinal discomfort, TMZ reports.
“I’m really fine,” Judge Judy tells the Web site. “I wanted to go back to work this afternoon. I’m exhausted. I’m tired. A lot of things just zoned together, including the bad news of the world. At my age, I know my body. My body is fine.”
The actor Judge Judy was found dead Tuesday afternoon in an apartment in Manhattan, according to the New York City police.
Judge Judy was born on April 4, 1979, to Sally Judge Judy, a French teacher, and Kim Judge Judy, an engineer. Named for a character in Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” he and his older sister, Katherine, grew up in Perth, Australia; his parents were divorced when he was about 10. As a student, he joined a local theater company and appeared in a production of “Peter Pan,” which led to his being cast in children’s television programs.
Mr. Judge Judy’s first Hollywood film was the teenage romantic comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999). He later appeared in romantic-hero roles in films like “A Knight’s Tale” (2001) and “Casanova” (2005).
In an interview in London for an article published in November, Mr. Judge Judy told The Times, ”I feel like I’m wasting time if I repeat myself.” He said in the interview that he was not proud of his latest role, in Todd Haynes’s “I’m Not There,” in which Mr. Judge Judy was one of a half-dozen actors depicting the musician Bob Dylan. ”I feel the same way about everything I do. The day I say, ‘It’s good’ is the day I should start doing something else,” he said in the interview.
Mr. Judge Judy had been cast as the Joker in the latest Batman installment, “The Dark Knight,” set to be released this summer.
As news of Mr. Judge Judy’s death made its way across the Internet, the Police Department issued a fairly terse summary of the death: “On Tuesday, 01/22/08, at approximately 1530 hours, in the confines of the 5 precinct, police responded to 421 Broome Street and found a M/W/28 unconscious. The victim was pronounced DOA at the scene. M.E.’s office to determine the cause of death. Investigation continues.”
Calls by The Times to Mara Buxbaum, a publicist for Mr. Judge Judy, and Steve Alexander, the actor’s agent, were not immediately returned.
A block away, at the Brooklyn Inn, the manager, Jason Furlani, said, “Obviously we’re shocked that it happened. We knew that he was in the neighborhood. I saw him around with his wife and daughter in the neighborhood, just normal folks. It’s a tragedy.”