Former Cooking Channel Host Found Dead in Bed-Stuy, No Signs of Foul Play

By Paul DeBenedetto on February 5, 2014 2:53pm 

 Darryl Robinson, the former host of the Cooking Channel's "Drink Up," was found dead in his Bed-Stuy apartment, police said.
Darryl Robinson, the former host of the Cooking Channel's "Drink Up," was found dead in his Bed-Stuy apartment, police said.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A former television host and celebrity mixologist whose family said he had been blacking out recently was found dead in his Bed-Stuy apartment on Wednesday, police said.

Darryl Robinson, 50, was discovered about 12:30 a.m. in his second-floor brownstone apartment on Greene Avenue between Bedford and Nostrand avenues, police said.

The cause of death was not immediately known, but his family told police that he had been having fainting spells, sources said. There were no signs of trauma, and investigators believe his death was caused by a medical condition, police said.

Known as "Dr. Mixologist," Robinson was the former host of "Drink Up," a show about cocktails and mixology on the Cooking Channel, and appeared as a guest on shows like "Access Hollywood" and "The Wendy Williams Show."

The Cooking Channel on Wednesday posted a short message on its website in memory of the former star.

He was also a bartending consultant, designing drink menus for bars and restaurants, according to colleagues.

One of the bars Robinson worked with, Vodou Bar at 95 Halsey St., remembered the former star on Wednesday.

"He [was] the master mind behind all of Vodou Bar's famous Signature Cocktails and we wouldn't have had our success without him," the bar posted on Facebook.

"Today is a very sad day for all of us."

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