American film and Television writer turned director John Lafia recently passed away. He apparently committed suicide on the 29th of April and his family confirmed the news to the media yesterday morning. Born on April 2, 1957, Lafia was influential in the Los Angeles experimental music scene in the 1980’s before launching a successful film career. John was 63 years old and he was survived by his children and former wife. The reason for his suicide is still unknown and we are expecting a detailed statement from his family very soon. 
Lafia’s family confirmed his passing Saturday in a statement to Deadline. “It is with great sadness we announce that loving father, film and television writer, director, producer and musician John J. Lafia passed away on Wednesday, April 29,” the statement said. Lafia's first feature film was The Blue Iguana, which he wrote and directed as well as producing the soundtrack. It was selected to screen at a special midnight showing in the Palais des Festivals at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Lafia co-wrote the screenplay for Child's Play.