While the name may not jump out at you at first, if you were at all a fan of Troma and their wondrous brand of horror, then you are more than well acquainted with Joe Fleishaker. It’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to this incredibly warm soul.
He passed away Monday at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.
Fleishaker made his name starring in the cult “Toxic Avenger” franchise, along with films including “Poultrygeist,” “Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.,” “Terror Firmer” and “Tromeo and Juliet.”
The cause of death has not yet been determined, but the Brooklyn native suffered from morbid obesity and congestive heart failure, and his family suspects it was a heart attack.
On the convention circuit Fleishaker could always be found helping to man the Troma booth and greet fans with open arms and a huge smile. He will be sincerely missed.
Our best wishes go out to Joe Fleishaker’s family and friends.