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Troubled actor Brad Renfro dies at 25
Yahoo News ^ | January 15.2007

Posted on 01/15/2008 6:20:18 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

Actor Brad Renfro, whose career began promisingly with a childhood role in "The Client" but rapidly faded as he struggled with drugs and alcohol, was found dead Tuesday in his home. He was 25.

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Paramedics pronounced him dead at 9 a.m., said Craig Harvey, chief investigator for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The cause of death was not immediately determined, Harvey said, but an autopsy could be conducted as early as Wednesday.

Renfro had reportedly been drinking with friends the evening before his death, Harvey said.

Renfro's lawyer, Richard Kaplan, said he did not know whether the death was connected to any problems with addiction.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: actor; bradrenfro; drugs; hollywood

1 posted on 01/15/2008 6:20:19 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Without reading anymore, I’m going with heroin OD.


2 posted on 01/15/2008 6:23:40 PM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: ECM; fieldmarshaldj

I wouldn’t be shocked, given his track record. Not long ago, he was busted for buying drugs on Skid Row.


3 posted on 01/15/2008 6:25:00 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Mamas, don’t let your babies go to Hollywood.


4 posted on 01/15/2008 6:26:36 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: Clintonfatigued

5 posted on 01/15/2008 6:27:23 PM PST by bmwcyle (McCain Sucks!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

That is sad. He did an excellent job in The Client.


6 posted on 01/15/2008 6:30:13 PM PST by microgood
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To: Clintonfatigued

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1954350/posts

Despite some snide comments from folks, I thought he was a pretty good actor. It’s too bad how Hollywood consumes these young men and women.


7 posted on 01/15/2008 6:32:14 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It’s too bad how Hollywood consumes these young men and women.

The young actors COULD have chose to have real jobs too...it’s not a forced labor scenario...


8 posted on 01/15/2008 6:42:55 PM PST by phatus maximus (John 6:29...Learn it, love it, live it...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Oh my goodness! I just saw him in “10th and Wolf”!
He was very good.


9 posted on 01/15/2008 6:46:17 PM PST by netmilsmom (Financing James Marsden's kid's college fund, 1 ticket, 1 DVD at a time.)
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To: phatus maximus

The sad but interesting thing about self-destructive behavior of many stripes is that many people who could just leave, don’t.

An actor could leave Hollywood. It’s been done. Even Greyhound stops there.

A battered wife could leave an abusive spouse.

An oppressed employee could quit a job.

We’re humans, though. We often don’t employ the very freedoms that are available to us.

Recommended book: Who Moved My Cheese.


10 posted on 01/15/2008 6:48:38 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: microgood

look at the eyes; virtually all the hollywood crowd look like this. they have to take the drug to stay skinny and give over the sould to the medium that is camera driven. someday that won’t be the medium and our skinny obsession will fade and this will look strange. V’s wife


11 posted on 01/15/2008 6:49:24 PM PST by ventana
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To: RDTF

Did you see this?

This was Vincent in “10th and Wolf” How sad.


12 posted on 01/15/2008 6:52:43 PM PST by netmilsmom (Financing James Marsden's kid's college fund, 1 ticket, 1 DVD at a time.)
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To: phatus maximus

I don’t disagree with you or deny the failure of personal responsibility in these cases. But in fairness, could you have turned down fame and millions of dollars as a teenager to work a $6/hr McJob with your peers?

I think the parents deserve the most blame. If I had a child who was somehow picked up by Hollywood as a star, I would insist that he live at home, away from Hollywood, at least until the age of majority, and would further insist that any money he made was put into an irrevocable trust that he (nor anyone else) could not access until at least age 25, with mayke $50k/year payouts as a reasonable salary until that age.


13 posted on 01/15/2008 6:54:28 PM PST by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: netmilsmom

oh crap. No, I didn’t. Thanks for the ping.

sigh.


14 posted on 01/15/2008 6:54:42 PM PST by RDTF
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To: Southack

True...i guess we’re all just gluttons for punishment...BUT we all can move forward and leave it all behind if we truly have to for survival...at leat the Non Darwin Award winners do.


15 posted on 01/15/2008 6:54:57 PM PST by phatus maximus (John 6:29...Learn it, love it, live it...)
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To: Turbopilot

I hear ya...and big time agree with you on the parents...


16 posted on 01/15/2008 6:56:34 PM PST by phatus maximus (John 6:29...Learn it, love it, live it...)
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To: Turbopilot
I think the parents deserve the most blame. If I had a child who was somehow picked up by Hollywood as a star, I would insist that he live at home, away from Hollywood, at least until the age of majority, and would further insist that any money he made was put into an irrevocable trust that he (nor anyone else) could not access until at least age 25, with mayke $50k/year payouts as a reasonable salary until that age.

I think you are on to something. I went over to imdb.com and looked at his mini-biography. He was an only child and it said he was raised by his grandmother.
17 posted on 01/15/2008 6:57:26 PM PST by microgood
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To: ventana
look at the eyes; virtually all the hollywood crowd look like this. they have to take the drug to stay skinny and give over the sould to the medium that is camera driven. someday that won’t be the medium and our skinny obsession will fade and this will look strange. V’s wife

You are right, and I think his rough childhood even made it more difficult for him to deal with it.
18 posted on 01/15/2008 6:59:09 PM PST by microgood
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To: netmilsmom

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000605/bio

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee on July 25, 1982, he was discovered at 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was immediately cast in his first major motion picture, The Client (1994). Although he had a lack of acting experience, his role caught the media’s attention. Next, he wowed critics with his touching role in The Cure (1995) and then showed off his comedic talents in Tom and Huck (1995). Brad won “The Hollywood Reporter’s Young Star Award” in 1995 and was nominated as one of People Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30.” Brad became one of Hollywood’s most wanted young actors, starring alongside Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman and Brad Pitt.


19 posted on 01/15/2008 6:59:31 PM PST by RDTF
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20 posted on 01/15/2008 7:00:35 PM PST by RDTF
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To: Clintonfatigued

21 posted on 01/15/2008 7:01:52 PM PST by RDTF
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To: fieldmarshaldj

When you don’t have a good foundation, the tides and the floods will destroy you.


22 posted on 01/15/2008 7:22:35 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: ECM

Prayers for Brad and his family.


23 posted on 01/15/2008 7:30:35 PM PST by mysterio
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Did you see the pic of him being cuffed by police? He looks years older than 25.


24 posted on 01/15/2008 7:40:00 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued
... cause of death was not immediately determined, ...

Perhaps the proximate cause hasn't been determined, but the real cause is our culture burned up another one. It is easy to OD on fame and fortune.

25 posted on 01/15/2008 7:40:40 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid...even by congressional standards.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Weird. I just watched Ghost World (2001), which has Brad Renfro in it.
26 posted on 01/15/2008 7:41:53 PM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: Clintonfatigued

Wow. He was great in the “Client”. He chose to waste his God-given talent and waste his life, what a tragedy.


27 posted on 01/15/2008 7:46:41 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Clintonfatigued
How sad. I enjoyed his performance in The Client.
28 posted on 01/15/2008 7:48:27 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: phatus maximus

Yeah, it’s nebulous ‘hollywood’s’ fault. No wait, Bush’s fault.

Nope. its their own fault. Maybe tack on the fault of their parents for not preparing them properly to handle things right. I feel bad for him because he just threw away his life.


29 posted on 01/15/2008 8:03:08 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: Clintonfatigued

God bless him and prayers for his family. Addiction is the one of the nastiest diseases - cunning and baffling - and I know too many people who have died from this. Prayers also out to all the suffering alcoholics and addicts.


30 posted on 01/15/2008 8:11:32 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Southack

Reminds me of the song Hotel California: “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”


31 posted on 01/15/2008 10:55:57 PM PST by LukeL
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ah, that’s a shame. 25 is way too young to be leaving this life. Talented actor, too - he was very good in Bully.


32 posted on 01/16/2008 12:45:38 AM PST by DemforBush
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To: LukeL
Reminds me of the song Hotel California: “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”

Hotel California was written to describe the ominous undercurrent of frightening material success and fame as The Eagles experienced it in '70s.

For the Snopes article, see here (at the end parts).
33 posted on 01/16/2008 6:24:07 AM PST by MirrorField (Just an opinion from atheist, minarchist and small-l libertarian.)
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To: phatus maximus
The young actors COULD have chose to have real jobs too...it’s not a forced labor scenario...

His parents divorced when he was 6. He lived with his grandmother in TN when he was discovered and cast in the very successful film "The Client" at age 11 or 12 making six films over the next four years.

How much choice did he really have? Was he afforded the guidance critical to an adolescent suddenly the Hollywood spotlight? From how his life turned out, I'd say it doesn't look like it.

34 posted on 01/16/2008 9:51:53 AM PST by newzjunkey (Huckabee, Romney, McCain: 3 red herrings, 3 easy pickings for Dems in '08.)
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To: bmwcyle
What a good-looking young man...a shame and a waste.
Rest in peace.
35 posted on 01/16/2008 3:19:13 PM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Well this looks like a victory for our beloved Freeper Liberal-tarians.

After all he was just exercising his choice.


36 posted on 01/20/2008 10:12:28 AM PST by zipper
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