Pirate Master’s Cheryl committed suicide, cast members say

Cheryl Kosewicz, a cast member on CBS’ now-cancelled Pirate Master, has died as a result of suicide, according to online postings by some of her fellow cast members.

Cast member Nessa posted to the Pirate Master Facebook group on Saturday, writing, “Cheryl was found dead in her home on yesterday from suicide. Her beloved boyfriend had also taken his own life in June. All of the pirates and Cheryls friends and family are shocked and devastated. It is a tragic loss that we all feel very deeply… WE MISS YOU CHERYL, BEAUTIFUL STRONG WOMAN THAT YOU WERE… :( Nessa.”

Early Saturday morning, Joy wrote on her MySpace blog, “my best friend is dead. I immediately scream out in pain and sorrow. Thousands of questions raise in my head. What, Why, When, How? But first I just yell it can’t be not my BIG SISTER CHERL…..The one who was there when I thought I could not make it in Dominica. She believed in me, kept me going when times were rough. Cheryl I am hurting…..hurting so bad because there was so much more I wanted to tell you and do with you.” (In an MSN interview published after she was cut adrift on the show, Cheryl said that she “made a couple friends I’ll have for life,” including Joy.)

Cheryl worked as “a Deputy District Attorney in Reno, NV, focusing on the prosecution of sexual abuse cases,” according to her official CBS bio. Cheryl’s own MySpace page, which she last logged into on Thursday, says her mood is “crushed,” and her profile notes that “the love of my life Ryan O’Neil whom just recently passed away.” In the “About Me” section, she wrote, “Through thick and thin my friends, family and co-workers have been there for me…..even when I refused their help and support. Thank you so much for the support and love. I will forever and always be thankful. Until we meet again……….”

The previous day, on Wednesday, Cheryl posted notes on various cast members’ MySpace pages, writing to Joy, “hope your move LA is prosperous and hit it hot…..get there like I know you will. Don’t wait on it! Luv your white sister, Big Cherl.” On Ben’s page, she wrote, “No matters what happens with the show you are the best and I’m so glad we made the bond we did……your life has just begun and you will prosper no matter what…..keep that beautiful smile and be well, love CherylK.”

In a note dated June 28, she wrote on Nessa’s page, “Truthfully, I’ve lost the strong Cherl and I’m just floating around lost. And this frik’n show doesn’t help because it was such a contention between Ryan and I and plus its not getting good reviews…..then I made National Enquirer today so I’m just hitting it big….the hits keep on coming.”

Addicted to Pirate Master [Facebook]
I HURT SO BAD……I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU CHERYL [MySpace]
CHERYL K [MySpace]

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