Boston cop Pat Rogers commits suicide after being in Donnie Wahlberg's Boston's Finest series
By Snejana Farberov
PUBLISHED: 00:50 EST, 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 04:06 EST, 21 November 2013
A veteran of the Boston Police Department who appeared on a TNT reality series about cops has died of an apparent suicide.
The law enforcement agency confirmed that officer Pat Rogers died Tuesday as a result of a 'non homicide,' but declined to provide additional details out of respect for his family.
Rogers appeared in the first season of Boston's Finest, which is being produced by actor Donnie Wahlberg.
Death in the family: Eight-year veteran Pat Rogers died from an apparent suicide a week before the premiere of the second season of the reality series Boston's Finest
Heartbroken: Actor Donnie Wahlberg, who is the executive producer of the show, canceled a screening of the new season after learning of Rogers' untimely death
Words of grief: Wahlberg took to Twitter Tuesday to mourn officer Rogers
Wahlberg's project on TNT focuses on the challenges and pressures officers face both on the job and at home.
'I am so deeply saddened tonight,' Wahlberg tweeted Tuesday. 'My thoughts and prayers go out to a fallen brother of The Boston Police Dept.'
News of Pat Rogers' passing came while the actor and producer, who is the brother of Mark Wahlberg, was in town for the premiere of the first episode of his show's second season, Boston Herald reported.
The Tuesday night screening at the Revere Hotel, which was supposed to be attended by Mayor Tom Menino, top police brass and the officers who appeared on the show, was canceled when word came down that Pat Rogers was dead.
‘We stand with the men and women of the Boston Police Department and send heartfelt condolences to family, friends and fellow officers,’ read a message on the Boston's Finest Facebook page.
Boston strong: Raised by his mother and stepfather in a blue-collar suburb, Rogers was inspired by his police officer uncle to join the force eight years ago
Buddy cops: Rogers appears on the show with his partner and friend Jennifer Penton, who had worked alongside him for the past two years
Small-screen stars: Rogers and Penton (center and right) were prominently featured in season one of Boston's Finest
According to his brief biography on TNT’s website, Rogers, a native of Dorchester, served on the force for eight years.
'From his blue-collar upbringing in Dorchester to his unmistakable accent to his relaxed personality, Pat Rogers is a Boston guy,' the bio read.
Raised by his mother and stepfather, Rogers was inspired by his police officer uncle to join the force.
The last two years, Rogers was partnered with Jennifer Penton. The officers’ on-screen camaraderie has won many viewers over.
‘They make a good pair on patrol, with Jenn amused by Pat's constant teasing, and always ready to throw one back at him,’ Roger’s online profile said. ‘But when the situation calls for it, Pat can be as tough as any cop on the street.‘
Easy-going: Friends who paid tribute to officer Rogers talked about his goofy sense of humor and sweet disposition
Officer Rogers was among the first Boston cops to be featured on season one of Wahlberg’s unscripted docu-series and appeared in multiple episodes, Examiner.com reported.
He has a less prominent role in the second installment of the project, which partially focuses on the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Boston's Finest returns to TNT next Tuesday at 9pm eastern time.
- For confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- For confidential support on suicide matters call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch or click here.
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