Sakash worked in the art department of the series, including Orange is the new black and Law and order: criminal intent, as well as films such as Sirens and Always Alice. The body of the 66-year-old woman was found under a pile of debris in the kitchen of her home in Queens, New York.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed that Sakash died of natural causes, from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Sakash was first reported missing in September, and a GoFundMe campaign was set up by a friend in December to raise money to find her.
On Tuesday, March 30, Sakash’s body was found by cleaners hired by his sister, Ellen Brown, to clean the production designer’s house.
Talk to New York Daily News, Brown responded to claims that Sakash was a storekeeper and that his sister’s body was found under “an avalanche of garbage.”
“I don’t know,” Brown said. “It was clearly in effect for a long time. Sometimes she kept people at bay. The headline says “Hoarder Queens”, but that’s not what it is. ”
She continued, “It’s just devastating. She’s had a busy life. She was so extraordinarily talented. It was a brilliant mind… I don’t want my sister to remember like that, like how she was found.
Following Sakash’s death, the GoFundMe set up on his behalf now raises funds for funeral expenses.
Sakash won a Daytime Emmy in 2003 for outstanding achievement in art direction / set decorating / stage design for his work on the children’s television series Between the Lions.
Her other credits include the comedy Queen Latifah Taxi and the Rue de Sesame derivative film Cinderelmo.