Caruso passed away on Monday (13Jun16), having reportedly scheduled a goodbye post on the Facebook page for his 2009 movie The Big Gay Musical, which he co-directed, to go live on Monday night.

"Those of you that know me well, know that I have been dealing with ending things for a while," he wrote, according to the New York Daily News. "I have nothing left in me to create. I truly don't think I have any idea what love or happiness is.

"I have produced great theatre, movies (two of which I wrote and directed) and I traveled all over the world. I regret nothing especially the choice that I am making now."

He also revealed he had tried to take his life the previous week by taking 30 pills of sedative Ambien, and urged readers to donate to The Trevor Project, a 24-hour, confidential suicide helpline for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Rick Crom, who wrote the music for the movie, confirmed on Facebook, "Our friend and creator of 'The Big Gay Musical' Fred M. Caruso has left us by his own choice. To all of you who are fans of the movie, know that it was Fred's proudest and most loving gift to our community.

"As an artist Fred was a tortured soul and ultimately that pain took him from us. I just want you young people struggling with your identity to know that Fred loved you. Your success in life will be the best tribute to him. Rest in Peace, Fred."

Caruso also produced Crom's off-Broadway show NEWSical, a musical mockery of the news, which was nominated for Drama Desk awards for its productions in 2004 and 2011.

He also directed and wrote 2011 comedy movie Go Go Crazy.