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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. I know I shouldn't feed the troll, especially when he's obviously interested only in provocation, but...

    People also die in car accidents and from obesity, Cyd. Should driving and Entenmann's also be very illegal?

    And what about alcohol? It's a recreational drug.

    Posted by: 24play | Jan 16, 2008 11:00:59 AM


  2. no, this is why addicts should be treated. id rather sink my money into helping peoples lifes than hasseling grown ups smokin bud.
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    i always adored you brad, rip. you will be missed.

    Posted by: faith | Jan 16, 2008 11:06:57 AM


  3. God bless you, dear Brad.

    Kisses of an other life.

    Your lovely,
    lloran

    Posted by: lloran | Jan 16, 2008 11:33:34 AM


  4. This generation's River Phoenix? Hard to say.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Jan 16, 2008 3:24:18 PM


  5. brad was awesome and hot in BULLY. awesome awesome movie! it's very sad to see a young hollywood actor loose his life to a suspected drug overdose. if people had more access to information and education about how to prevent or respond to overdoses, this might not have happened. i put more blame on the stigma against drugs and drug users, as well as the lack of access to education about drug use and overdose prevention, MORE than on the person and the drug(s) they use.

    Posted by: bkboy | Jan 16, 2008 3:39:24 PM


  6. brad was awesome and hot in BULLY. awesome awesome movie! it's very sad to see a young hollywood actor loose his life to a suspected drug overdose. if people had more access to information and education about how to prevent or respond to overdoses, this might not have happened. i put more blame on the stigma against drugs and drug users, as well as the lack of access to education about drug use and overdose prevention, MORE than on the person and the drug(s) they use.

    Posted by: BKBOY | Jan 16, 2008 3:43:18 PM


  7. Wow, what a shock. I'm from TN, and I remember My DARE officer from 5th grade telling me how Brad had actually gotten into acting through a DARE commercial or something like that. The officer had actually helped pick him out.

    Posted by: Leigh | Jan 16, 2008 4:44:14 PM


  8. this story brought a tear to my eye. How tragic...such a great actor. he will be missed!!

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 16, 2008 6:26:52 PM


  9. His girlfriend is devastated!

    Posted by: christinajo | Jan 16, 2008 9:51:19 PM


  10. Really sad. He was great in Bully, but weirdly none of the sites cite that film--they refer mostly to Client and Apt Pupil. The NY Times did a great job of describing his roles: "Mr. Renfro carved out a niche playing inarticulate, vulnerable, alienated youths in everything from glossy Hollywood blockbusters to hardscrabble independent dramas. His acting was naturalistic and emotionally transparent; he played humiliation and frustration with disarming and sometimes upsetting frankness."

    Posted by: petebob | Jan 17, 2008 3:23:14 PM


  11. como pasa siempre lo bueno se va muy rapido y se queda lo malo,se perdio un gran talento,descanse en paz.

    Posted by: jose gamboa | Jan 18, 2008 7:57:06 PM


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