Robert Bruce on Broad Street while recording “Comic Book Men” in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
A Red Bank man was found dead in a warehouse Friday night, police said.
Robert Bruce was known to fans of the Kevin Smith reality show “Comic Book Men” as a dealer in rare toys and other pop culture artifacts.
Bruce at a Red Bank fashion show in 2011. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
The body of Bruce, formerly of Oakland Street, was found in the downtown document storage facility, located under a row of stores on West Front Street and Maple Avenue around 6:30 p.m., according to a statement on Saturday. evening by the captain. Mike Frazee.
“Over a short period of time, the family learned that Bruce may have been living in a basement storage unit that he was renting” at the facility, the statement said. A family friend checked the facility, found the body and immediately called the police, he said.
Although it is not known how long Bruce has been dead, “foul play does not appear to be a problem,” the statement said. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sean Hauschildt at 732-530-2719.
Meanwhile, the cause of death is under investigation by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office, police said.
Representatives for Philip J. Bowers and Company, owner of the facility, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
An online vintage toy seller, Bruce was a cast member of “Comic Book Men,” which ran for several seasons on cable channel AMC. The show was taped at the Broad Street comic book store of filmmaker Kevin Smith, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Laura Dardi, and two sons.
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