Johnny Lewis, Sons of Anarchy's Half-Sack, Is Dead at 28 and Suspected of Murder

The Sons of Anarchy family has lost another member, only this time it isn't fiction. Days after a shocking death rocked the show and its fans in the most recent episode of the FX drama, actor Johnny Lewis, who played eager club recruit Half-Sack in the early seasons of the series, was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday, according to TMZ. Lewis was 28 years old.

And the details are as grisly as a scene from the show. Police suspect Lewis was on some mind-altering drug and beat an 81-year-old woman to death, had a struggle with some men, and then fell off the roof of a Los Feliz home. Lewis was renting a room from the woman at the time.

From the sound of Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter's reaction, Lewis's behavior wasn't entirely unexpected.

Sutter tweeted the following statement this morning: "not sure if folks know this yet, but johnny lewis (halfsack) died last night. the sad irony of it happening two days after [editor's note, spoiler redacted, but you probably know what he's talking about] is not lost on me. it was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. i wish i could say that i was shocked by the events last night, but i was not. i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. yes, it's a day [of] mourning, but it's also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying."

Lewis also starred in The O.C., where he played Dennis "Chili" Childress.

This is just tragedy piled on tragedy, and a sad end for an actor who had a lot of life left to live.

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I wonder if he really only had one nut.
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This is crazy news... Loved Half-Sack
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I haven't been watching SOA lately, but I liked him. That's in the past, as well. Yeah, fuck him. That is all.
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he played a very creepy serial killer in an episode of Criminal Minds. every time I see him I remember that role so the whole thing is strange for me. I'm sorry that woman got caught in the mess.
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oh crap :/
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Its all very sad. It was said that he was very troubled. Loved him on Quintuplets. Drugs takes more victims.

Very sorry for the family and loved ones of the landlady Catherine. And for Johnnys.

Its always a tragedy when a senseless death happens...
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It's now being reported that he dismembered the cat of the old lady as well. Normally I would say RIP, but this fuck doesn't deserve it. Fuck him.
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It seems to be emerging on various websites that Johnny was raised in Scientology... His parents are both very active in the church. So if he was suffering from some form of psychosis (which he obviously was), his family wouldn't have supported him receiving medication for it. All mention of him on Scientology websites is being quickly deleted.



Such a horrible situation. I've loved him since Quintuplets. I just don't think any word other than 'horrific' really covers it. May the poor woman and her cat rest in peace.
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Poor woman...
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Horrible. Simply horrible. But I'll let God and the evidence decide whether he's guilty or not.
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Sad but if he really beat that woman to death i wont mourn for him.
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Sounds like he has some problems.
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Wait wait wait...he beated a 81 years old woman to death? Fuck him. I'm glad he's dead for beating old ladys. Sad he didn't get raped on the way down to the paviment.
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He is suspected not guilty. Stop writing ridicilous stuff.
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By the courts he is but not in the court of public opinion
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You're right. Still...
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this is horrible, half sack was a great character on the show and this doesn't ruin that, but it certainly makes it incredibly sad to be such a fan of his tv character :(:(:(



a lesson to everybody: don't do drugs, beat to death elderly women and then fight on a roof top- any joking aside, if i never read about a similar occurrence again it will be too soon :(
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This is very sad.
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That tweet by Kurt Sutter was/is fantastic. Very sad story.
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Ehh. I really liked him
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The first thing I ever saw him on was Drake and Josh back in the day.
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Spamming a news story about a recent death? Not cool...
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It's kinda tragedy piled on tragedy for the landlady too, doncha think?
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Seriously. Praise the druggie, but what about the poor lady he beat to death?
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BTW that comment wasn't specifically about TV.com, but about other articles I've read and Twitter.
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I liked him quite a lot on Sons of Anarchy.
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:( I really hope he didn't go crazy and kill his landlady! I'm going to remember him and pretend he met his end the way Half-Sack did.
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UGH!
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That pretty much says it.
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