Jim Giancarlo, founder and longtime artistic director of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, died early this morning, OCT reported in an email.

"We have lost a dear friend and valued colleague," OCT General Manager Julie Gurwell wrote in an email sent to the theater community. "Our grief and confusion at this time are little compared to what Jim’s family is going through right now. Our hearts and prayers go out to them and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts as well."

It is not yet known how Giancarlo died. More details will be posted here as they become available.