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Actor Brad Renfro Dead at 25

Actor Brad Renfro (Ghost World, Apt Pupil, Bully) has died, TMZ is reporting:

Renfro"The 25-year-old actor was found dead at his Los Angeles home this morning. The cause of death has not been determined, however, Renfro had a history of drug abuse. Sources tell us Renfro had been working valiantly to stay clean, especially since this summer. Renfro had been convicted of several drug offenses, including attempted heroin possession. Renfro had been filming a movie with Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton. The movie, 'The Informers,' just wrapped. Renfro has had a rough time personally since moving from Tennessee to Los Angeles. His parents split, and we're told he did not have real guidance from adults as he tried navigating the treacherous movie industry."

The Hollywood Reporter: "Although an autopsy is planned for today or Thursday, results of a toxicology test to determine whether drugs were a factor in his death will take six to eight weeks. According to the Coroner's Office, Renfro had been out drinking the night before with friends and was discovered unresponsive in the morning."

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  1. Just sad.

    Posted by: davitydave | Jan 15, 2008 7:36:00 PM

  2. Tragic story. I first noticed him as the cute kid in the movie The Client based on the John Grisham Book. Then kept reading about his troubled life growing up. Sad. Rest in Peace Brad.

    Posted by: dons888 | Jan 15, 2008 7:50:26 PM

  3. Brad Renfro was so handsome and too young to die. I met him once at a party in LA and he was also very nice. Heroin is such a horrible drug, so hard to get away from once you've become addicted. RIP

    Posted by: so sad | Jan 15, 2008 7:54:40 PM

  4. He was a terrific actor. RIP.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jan 15, 2008 7:57:03 PM

  5. He was a terrific actor. RIP.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jan 15, 2008 7:57:34 PM

  6. He was a terrific actor. RIP.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jan 15, 2008 7:58:06 PM

  7. rip, my darling... i loved you in ghost world one of the all time favorites...

    Posted by: the queen | Jan 15, 2008 8:12:15 PM

  8. Brilliant actor. In all his movies, his characters stood out. Even in Apt Pupil, he managed to upstage Sir Ian McKellan, who is outstanding himself. What a shame, another River Phoenix-like ending; he will be missed.

    Posted by: paul | Jan 15, 2008 8:22:55 PM

  9. Wow, I don't know who he is, but that's terribly sad. And just 25 years old. :(

    He has such a sweet face in that picture, too... kind of looks like that guy from Sports Night.

    Posted by: SC | Jan 15, 2008 9:07:23 PM

  10. I use to have the biggest crush on him...he was talented and a nice guy...such a shame.

    Posted by: onolennon8 | Jan 15, 2008 9:07:41 PM

  11. The Informers probably drove him to death. Quite a depressing book!

    Posted by: Harris | Jan 15, 2008 9:13:37 PM

  12. The Informers probably drove him to death. Quite a depressing book!

    Posted by: Harris | Jan 15, 2008 9:14:34 PM

  13. A handsome, talented but apparently deeply troubled young man, his death is such a tragedy, such a waste. My heart goes out to his loved ones. So young with so much that could have been his. May he be remembered fondly by those who knew him and admired his talent.

    Posted by: Bob R | Jan 15, 2008 9:21:56 PM

  14. What terrible waste. So sad.

    Posted by: David | Jan 15, 2008 10:50:00 PM

  15. A shame, really.

    Posted by: | Jan 15, 2008 11:08:36 PM

  16. Pathetic. Despicable, really. Speaks volumes of our societal values and the carnivorous LA/Hollywood scene. Clearly there was no box office value in his rehabilitation. Add him to the list.

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 15, 2008 11:33:41 PM

  17. @ JJ@JJ-Speaks volumes of our societal values and the carnivorous LA/Hollywood scene.

    I couldn't have said it better. People blame the drugs, but as a person that moved to L.A. from the east coast, I can understand how L.A. could drive you to your death. Totallyt understand. People have no idea what Hollyweird can do to you. That's why I'm back in Virginia.


    Posted by: Dat Gyrl | Jan 16, 2008 12:19:00 AM

  18. Brad, we loved you since we first saw you on screen. We'll miss you.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jan 16, 2008 12:36:34 AM

  19. I think I'll continue blaming the heroin.

    Posted by: thin mint | Jan 16, 2008 1:38:41 AM

  20. God, I hate drugs!!!! Such a waste that a talented actor like Brad succumbed to a heroin addiction (if that is indeed what he died of). RIP Brad Renfro, you were loved.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jan 16, 2008 2:24:12 AM

  21. First, Jonathan Brandis, now Brad Renfro!

    All of my school boy crushes are taking early exits. =(

    Posted by: Tread | Jan 16, 2008 2:43:11 AM

  22. Horrible news. I've seen many of his films (up through Bully) and he was always first rate. I'm disgusted this happened and wonder if he hadn't been discovered and transplanted from TN into the Hollywood world how his life (and addiction) may've been different. The entertainment industry is not well known as being good for its young stars. RIP Brad Renfro.

    Posted by: queendru | Jan 16, 2008 7:00:17 AM

  23. Hope he finds the peace in death he never got in life...

    Posted by: empiretf | Jan 16, 2008 8:41:17 AM

  24. If he was a known addict trying valiantly to stay clean, the he may have been out drinking with people the night before, but they were not his "friends" ... friends of an addict help you avoid substances that can be abused. No doubt, like Britney and so many others, they even "let" him pick up the tab the night before. So sad.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Jan 16, 2008 10:30:28 AM

  25. This is why recreational drugs are, and should stay, very illegal.

    Posted by: Cyd | Jan 16, 2008 10:50:24 AM

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