Cliff Baker, the founder of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, died today in New York where he’d been hospitalized since last week after a brain aneurysm.


His husband, Guy Couch, wrote friends on Facebook Tuesday night that he would be removed from life support Wednesday because the damage he suffered meant he’d never recover.

Couch wrote:


I’m sorry he can’t have visitors or greet you one last time, but he would want to be remembered in your heart as Cliff, the sweet, open-hearted guy who made the world go round. 

Baker had stepped up to lead The Rep in an effort to restart shows next year after financial problems forced suspension of this year’s season.

Couch wrote friends this morning:


Cliff Baker passed from this earth at 5:50 am EST today, September 6, 2018. Please light a candle for him. ❤️❤️❤️

The Rep issued a statement:

Bill Rector, board member and interim general manager, said, “Cliff’s counsel has been invaluable these past four months. And when we announce our new season, you will recognize Cliff’s influence in our choices of productions. As we get this theatre back on solid ground, The Rep will be a testimony to the gift that Cliff gave to all of us.”