Missing Canadian writer and artist RM Vaughan found dead in New Brunswick

His death is not being treated as suspicious

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      Canadian writer and artist Richard “RM” Vaughan has been found dead 10 days after going missing, police in Fredericton, New Brunswick, confirmed today (October 24).

      The 55-year-old was a well-known figure in the country’s arts and queer literary scenes who spent several years living in Toronto.

      Police said his body was located on October 23 and his death is not being treated as suspicious. Police did not specify where his remains were found.

      “Mr. Vaughan’s family & police want to thank the public their assistance with this investigation,” police said in a statement.

      Friends and family began searching for Vaughan after police reported him missing on October 13. He was last seen near his home in Fredericton on the evening of October 12.

      Born in New Brunswick, Vaughan was living in Montreal when he returned home to become the writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in 2019.

      He is the author of several books and plays and was well-known for his poetry, essays and art criticism. He regularly contributed to the Canadian LGBTQ publication Xtra! as well as the Globe And Mail’s arts section.

      His books include the 2013 essay collection Compared To Hitler, the 2003 coming-of-age novel Spells, and 2015’s Bright Eyed: Insomnia And Its Cultures, an examination of insomnia culture inspired by his own experiences.