Steve Harvey Morning Show co-host Kier ‘Junior’ Spates’ assistant is found dead in Atlanta hotel room on Sunday
Bryan Cooke was found dead in his W Hotel room in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon after a night on the town with Kier Spates
Cooke, 39, was discovered lying face down on the bed, with blood and vomit coming out of his mouth and nose
Spates, 40, told police his friend appeared to be in good health the night before and said they did not take any drugs
The body was discovered after Spates, unable to reach his assistant asked hotel employees to check on him – they were scheduled to fly to Los Angeles later that day
Bryan Cooke [left] was found dead in his Atlanta, Ga., hotel room on Sunday. Cooke worked as an assistant to Steve Harvey Morning Show radio co-host Kier ‘Junior’ Spates [right]
Bryan Cooke, a staffer on the Steve Harvey Morning Show was found dead over the weekend in his Atlanta hotel room after a night on the town with his boss Kier ‘Junior’ Spates.
According to an incident report, police responded to the W Hotel on Sunday afternoon after Cooke, 39, was found unresponsive, with blood and vomit coming from his nose and mouth.
Spates, who is a comedian and co-host of Steve Harvey’s popular radio show, asked hotel workers to check on his assistant after he was unable to reach him: the two were scheduled to fly to Los Angeles together later that day.
Kier ‘Junior’ Spates [right] is a long-term co-host on Steve Harvey’s [left], radio show
When hotel employees entered Cooke’s room, they found him lying face down on the bed, according to TMZ. He was 39 years old.
When police interviewed Spates, the Houston native told them that he and Cooke had gone out the night before, smoked cigars together and then retired to their respective rooms.
Steve Harvey show staffer, Bryan Cooke, was discovered unresponsive inside his W Hotel [photo], room in Atlanta, with blood and vomit coming out of his mouth and nose
Spates, 40, said he and Cooke, whom he characterized as his ‘best friend,’ did not take any illegal narcotics, and that his assistant appeared to be in good health on Saturday.
A search of Cooke’s room turned up prescription medications, but the police report did not specify their exact nature.
Spates took to Facebook early Wednesday morning to pay tribute to his late friend, sharing a cellphone video of the two of them doing a skit together.
‘This made me smile today,’ Spates wrote, ‘Love you man! Thanks for all of the laughs.’
Harvey, 61, has not publicly commented on his employee’s passing as of Wednesday morning.