Skip to comments.Troubled actor Brad Renfro dies at 25
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.
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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Without reading anymore, I’m going with heroin OD.
I wouldn’t be shocked, given his track record. Not long ago, he was busted for buying drugs on Skid Row.
Mamas, don’t let your babies go to Hollywood.
That is sad. He did an excellent job in The Client.
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.
Its 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...
Oh my goodness! I just saw him in “10th and Wolf”!
He was very good.
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.
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
Did you see this?
This was Vincent in “10th and Wolf” How sad.
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.
oh crap. No, I didn’t. Thanks for the ping.
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.
I hear ya...and big time agree with you on the parents...
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.
When you don’t have a good foundation, the tides and the floods will destroy you.
Prayers for Brad and his family.
Did you see the pic of him being cuffed by police? He looks years older than 25.
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.
Wow. He was great in the “Client”. He chose to waste his God-given talent and waste his life, what a tragedy.
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.
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.
Reminds me of the song Hotel California: “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”
Ah, that’s a shame. 25 is way too young to be leaving this life. Talented actor, too - he was very good in Bully.
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.
Well this looks like a victory for our beloved Freeper Liberal-tarians.
After all he was just exercising his choice.