Police told the NY Daily News that Ortiz’s death had been ruled a suicide.
Ortiz appeared on the Bravo reality show as a lead stylist from 2006-10. In a 2010 Salon Guy documentary, Ortiz said hair was his passion. “I’ve been very blessed and very lucky that things happened so quickly for me … once I discovered my passion for hair,” he said.
Patrick Askin, a filmmaker and friend of Ortiz, posted news of his death on Facebook.