Former Mickey Mouse Club Star Marque 'Tate' Lynche Died of Chronic Alcoholism

By May Wilkerson 04/04/16

As a kid, the actor appeared alongside Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling in a revival of the Mickey Mouse Club.

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Former Mickey Mouse Club Star Marque 'Tate' Lynche Died of Chronic Alcoholism,
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The death of former Mickey Mouse Club member Marque "Tate" Lynche has been ruled “acute and chronic alcoholism,” the New York City chief medical examiner’s office confirmed last Thursday.

Lynche, who was a “Mouseketeer” from 1993 to 1995 and competed on the third season of American Idol, died on December 6 at age 34. The Mickey Mouse Club is known for launching the careers of rising stars like Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera—who all costarred on the show with Lynche. But though many of his fellow Mouseketeers rose to fame after the show, Lynche struggled to make it big in show business.

Last year the Daily Mail reported that months after appearing on season three of American Idol,  Lynche’s career stalled as he dealt with a series of problems in his personal life, including an arrest for illegal possession of prescription narcotics after being found with a bottle of 57 Vicodin tablets. Lynche, who was 23 at the time, was released with a warning in 2004 after his case was heard in a Tampa, Fla. court. He had left American Idol, where he competed alongside Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson, after the semifinals.

Around that time, Lynche had reportedly fallen into a depression following the passing of his mother, who lost a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. According to friends, he had decided to take a break from show business to “heal from the loss of his mother and do soul searching.”

He encountered more legal trouble shortly before his death when he reportedly got into a fight with a police officer. He was charged with assault but died before the case went to trial.

Following his death in December, Lynche’s former Mickey Mouse Club costar Dale Godboldo eulogized his friend in a statement to People magazine: "Knowing Marque during the MMC days—as my little brother—I knew he was hugely talented with a passion for the arts, and a passion for life."

Godboldo said the two had become good friends while collaborating on a more recent Mickey Mouse Club-related project. "He was so excited to be a part of something that would encourage young people to pursue their dreams and a life of purpose," said Godboldo. "Marque was a beautiful spirit, that although had endured so much, only wanted to spread love and inspiration. I'll miss you man. I know you're flying with angels. RIP."

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