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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