The 42-year-old was rushed to a Marina Del Rey hospital late Thursday night after complaining of chest pains. He was then later transferred to Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center and underwent surgery, but doctors were unable to treat it.
“He went for surgery at 4 a.m. this morning and they were unable to fix the extensive damage he suffered from having an aortic aneurysm,” Chris’ brother, Michael Brinker, said in an interview with RadarOnline.com “It took him too long to get to a cardiac surgeon. He went into multi-system failure. He basically bled internally and his intestines and organs were starved from oxygen.”
Holding back tears, Brinker said his brother was “completely unaware of the aneurysm.”
The brothers were in Marina Del Rey, putting the finishing touches on Chris’ directorial debut, “Whiskey Bay,” when he felt the sharp pain.
“We were doing one pickup day and an hour before wrap, he got a sharp pain in his chest and down his back and legs,” Michael said. “Chris came up to me and said, ‘I don’t feel right.’”
Chris served as producer for both “Boondock Saints” and its sequel, “Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.” He is survived by his family and his fiancee, Erika Bruun-Anderson.