Darryl Robinson was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Feb. 5, police said. Officers entered Robinson’s Bed-Stuy apartment after a concerned friend couldn’t reach him and then alerted law enforcement.
The 50-year-old celebrity cook was found in a second-floor bedroom in his Greene Ave. home with no signs of trauma on his body, cops said.
“We had a meeting just two weeks ago here in my apartment,” Andrew Mellen, organizer of The Experts Collective, a networking group of lifestyle gurus that included Robinson, told the New York Daily News. “He was in great shape. He was his usual, kind, energetic and lovely self.”
Robinson hosted the show “Drink Up” on the Cooking Channel in 2010, where he slung his relatively straight-forward libations. The station didn’t renew Robinson’s contract, but the reruns of the show still air, a network spokeswoman said.
“At learning of this morning’s sad news, our thoughts go out to Darryl’s family and friends” a Cooking Channel spokeswoman said.
Robinson went on to sling drinks on such shows as “Access Hollywood,” VH1’s “Morning Buzz” and “The Wendy Williams Show.”
“He really worked at making himself a brand and made a career out of it. He always wanted to do more, be bigger,” said friend Maggie Mistal. “Everybody is just as shocked as I am. We’re all confused.”
The medical examiner will determine the cause of Robinson’s death.
The Long Island native told the Daily News in 2012 that he never dreamed of becoming a nationally recognized bartender. He cut his teeth at the trendy Hudson Bar in between jobs and built his own alcohol empire, DR Mixologist.
“A lot of mixologists like to infuse things, but I want to be accessible. I’d rather you feel comfortable and ask a question and know that the answer isn’t that complicated,” Robinson previously told the News.
His last blog post on his website detailed a tequila-infused Super Bowl cocktail. No drugs were found in his apartment and he was fully clothed, law enforcement sources said.
“He was a tremendous promoter of the craft, and brought his passion to the screen and the national consciousness,” said mixologist Jason Littrell of Robinson. “We will miss his infectiously positive attitude and giant personality.”