NEW ORLEANS – Actor Michael Showers, whose body was pulled from the Mississippi River Wednesday morning, suffered from depression and had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis earlier this year.
An autopsy still needs to be performed but the preliminary cause of death is drowning, according to St. Bernard Sheriff's Office.
Showers was an actor on the HBO series "Treme." His co-star Wendell Pierce posted on his Twitter account: "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."
Showers suffered from severe depression and anxiety, and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in March 2011, according to his girlfriend.
Police are looking for the missing automobile, a 2002 Infiniti G-20, license plate TAP099.
Showers, 44, has acted on several television series, including "Treme," which is shot locally and which airs on HBO. He played the role of police Capt. John Guidry, in season two of the series, which included several crime and police story lines.
A spokesman for the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office said Showers lived in Chalmette with his girlfriend, who had reported him missing on Tuesday.
Authorities said Showers’ girlfriend last heard from him Monday night around 11 p.m. when he apparently went into the French Quarter with a friend and did not return.
His body was recovered about 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Mississippi River near the Toulouse St. wharf.
Authorities are not saying if they think foul play is involved.
Showers' credits also include “The Vampire Diaries,” “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Traffic” and the upcoming “Colombiana.”