Cause of Death Released for Former Child Star

Evan Ellingson, 35, died of accidental fentanyl overdose
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2023 4:31 PM CST
Updated Nov 29, 2023 1:00 AM CST
Evan Ellingson's Roles Included My Sister's Keeper
From left, actors Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vassilieva, Abigail Breslin, Evan Ellingson and Jason Patric attend the world premiere of "My Sister's Keeper" in 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
UPDATE Nov 29, 2023 1:00 AM CST

The former child star found dead at age 35 earlier this month died of an accidental fentanyl overdose. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner performed an autopsy on Evan Ellingson the day after his death, Deadline reports. Ellingson's father previously told TMZ his son died at a sober living home.

Nov 6, 2023 4:31 PM CST

Evan Ellingson, who worked mostly as a child actor in TV and films including 2009's My Sister's Keeper, has died. He was 35. According to the San Bernardino County coroner's office in California, Ellingson was found in his bedroom in Fontana on Sunday. A cause of death was not released, USA Today reports. "He battled with drug addiction for years but was doing really well recently so we are all in shock and devastated right now," father Michael Ellingson told Fox News.

The actor's credits span 2001 through 2010. He starred in the short-lived sitcom Complete Savages and appeared in TV's 24, where he played Jack Bauer's nephew, and CSI: Miami, where he played the son of Horatio Caine in 18 episodes, E! Online reports. He also appeared in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film Letters from Iwo Jima. In My Sister's Keeper, he played the brother of Abigail Breslin's character and the teenage son of Cameron Diaz's character. (More obituary stories.)

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