A well-known Twin Cities comedian and actor has died several days after being injured in a 30-foot fall while vacationing in Mexico.
Gus Lynch, 42, took the fall a few days ago while walking among the Coba ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and suffered significant injuries, including a broken pelvis, broken ribs and a punctured lung, according to the Star Tribune.
“He came out of surgery fine,” a close friend, Bryan Bevell, told the Star Tribune. But Lynch suffered cardiac arrest Monday morning in Mexico and didn’t recover, he said.
Lynch was vacationing with his wife and their two children in Akumal, where he had started a comedy festival a few years ago to raise money for charity.
Lynch, whose real name is Jason Michael Gustine, was a fixture in the local comedy scene and had recently won the "Best Comedian Ever" contest at the Joke Joint Comedy Club in Lilydale, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Lynch was the headline act at the House of Comedy at the Mall of America last month, and was the director of live events for Stand Up! Records, a Minneapolis-based comedy record label.
City Pages wrote a profile of Lynch after he won the Joke Joint competition.
Bevell described Lynch as his closest friend, and called his comedy material “raw, yet wonderfully sweet," according to the Star Tribune. "Most of his material came from observations of his family life."
Before he began his comedy career, Lynch acted in local theater as well as in several films and TV shows, according to the Pioneer Press. He appeared in movies including "North Country," "Saving Silverman" and a remake of “I Spy.”
Here's video of one of Gus Lynch's performances in January at the Joke Joint.