Darryl Robinson

Cooking Channel

Darryl Robinson, host of Cooking Channel's Drink Up program, was found dead in his New York City apartment Wednesday.

The mixologist, who was an expert at concocting specialty cocktails, was 50 years old. Per NY1 and the New York Post, police responded to a friend's concerned call about Robinson and found no immediate signs of forced entry or trauma.

There were no drugs or drug paraphernalia found in the apartment, police said, and the investigation is still ongoing. A medical examiner will determine Robinson's cause of death. No foul play is expected at this time.

The Cooking Channel released a statement: "Upon learning of this morning's sad news, our thoughts go out to Darryl's family & friends." His show, Drink Up, aired on the channel in 2010 and repeats still in reruns.

According to his Cooking Channel bio, Robinson moved to NYC after graduating college in order to pursue an acting career. In 2005, he landed a job tending bar at the Hudson Hotel "and earned recognition in the industry with his unique and flavorful combinations evident in each and every one of his cocktail creations."

In addition to Drink Up, he made appearances on Access Hollywood, The Wendy Williams Show and Today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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