'Drink Up' Host Darryl Robinson aka Dr. Mixologist Found Dead in NYC Apartment
Celebrity mixologist and TV host Darryl Robinson was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Wednesday. According to the New York Post, police found the 50-year-old former Cooking Channel host on the second floor of his Brooklyn apartment after a concerned friend, who was unable to reach him, alerted police.
Robinson hosted "Drink Up" on the food-themed network and was also a regular guest on "The Wendy Williams Show," "Access Hollywood," and the "Today" show.
According to the Post, the celebrity mixologist was prone to blackouts, but no cause of death has been determined. No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found in the apartment, and foul play is not suspected.
A message on the Cooking Channel website said, "Our thoughts go out to Darryl's family and friends."
Robinson, who was known as Dr. Mixologist and dubbed himself "The Ultimate Cocktail Specialist," was a master at mixing one-of-a-kind libations. The Long Island native began his career at the famed Kings Arms Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia, before honing his craft and moving on to New York's nightlife hotspot Hudson Bar, where he was known for creating edgy cocktails known as "sexy sippers." He also pursued a brief acting career, appearing in commercials as well the soap operas "Loving," "Guiding Light," "Another World," and "As the World Turns."
In 2011, Robinson joined "Access" hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover to whip up adult party punches for summer entertaining, and he later appeared on the show to create festive holiday drinks.
See Robinson on "Access":
During an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Robinson also served up holiday cocktail ideas. When Williams asked the master mixologist the best way to put a holiday twist on a regular drink, he offered warm cocktail and liqueur suggestions, but was adamant, "No food coloring. We want it to be naturale!"
See Robinson on "The Wendy Williams Show":
Check out Twitter reactions to Robinson's untimely death:
Lost friend & colleague Darryl Robinson 2day. He was a force of nature: talented, generous & kind. RIP. Miss you D! http://t.co/MY9ahUn2cJ— Maggie Mistal (@MaggieMistal) February 5, 2014