We are today at a loss after hearing of the passing of ‘Troma’s biggest action star’ – Joe Fleishaker.
The very sad news came first from the facebook page of Lloyd Kaufman just hours ago, where he wrote:
The Troma Team and I are saddened by the news that Joe Fleishaker has passed away. He was a great actor and a great friend. Toxie weeps. RIP Joe, Troma will never be the same without you.
Lloyd Kaufman is the President and co-founder of legendary New York based indepenent film company ‘Troma Films’, who over the last 4 decades have churned out some of the most controversial, disgusting and down right brilliant movies you could ever wish to get your grubby little mits on, many of which, Joe Fleishaker appeared in, which gained him his fame and notoriety.
Starting with ‘Troma’s War’ in 1988, Fleishaker played both small and major roles in numerous Troma classics such as ‘Sgt Kabukiman NYPD’, ‘The Toxic Avenger parts 2, 3 and 4’, ‘Terror Firmer’ and the upcoming ‘Return to Nuke ‘Em high Vol.2’. Joe was often seen playing the persona of infamously camera shy Troma Co-founder Michael Herz in many of their DVD special features and online promo videos. In fact he played the persona of so many times that fans quite often thought he was in fact Michael Herz.
Dubbed ‘Tromas Biggest Action Star’, playing roles with names such as ‘Lardass’ in The Toxic Avenger 4, it was no secret that Joe struggled with his weight, however in his early life he was a keen sportsman. He played tennis and rode bikes in highschool to keep in shape. However, he tells the story in full in the making of toxie part 4 ‘Apocalypse Soon’ about how his love of food slowly started taking over his daily workout routine.
In 2012 Joe was diagonsed with lung, kidney and heart failure after being rushed into hospital and was weighed at an astonishing 525 pounds.
After loosing 160 pounds at a rehabilitation center, Joe seemed slightly more on the mend, however he was now unable to walk, and although a generous $931 dollars was raised vire a ‘go fund me’ campaign, the amount they needed to raise in order to pay for his medical health care was more in the figure of $50,000.
It seems Joes health had only gotten worst, and as Lloyd said today, Troma will never be the same without him.
RIP Joe, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten :(
To check out the films of Troma and Joe Fleishaker make sure you pay a visit to www.troma.com.