Evan Ellingson’s cause of death has been revealed less than a month after the actor died at age 35.
Ellingson died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
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On Nov. 5, the My Sister’s Keeper star was found dead at his Fontana, California, residence, the Sheriff’s Department said at the time. TMZ previously reported that Ellingson was staying at a sober living home when he died.
Though he hadn’t appeared onscreen in 10 years, Ellingson had several roles in projects throughout his childhood and teenage years. His most notable included playing Jesse Fitzgerald, the teen son of Cameron Diaz’s Sara, in 2009’s adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper. He starred opposite Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva in the film.
Ellingson, who reportedly started acting at age 10, also played Kyle Harmon, the son of David Caruso’s Lt. Horatio Caine, on several episodes of CSI: Miami. His role in the crime drama was his final acting project.
His other credits included Complete Savages, 24, Letters from Iwo Jima, Titus, Mad TV and State of Mind.
Ellingson told The Philippine Star in a 2009 interview, “I never had the same [childhood] experience with my friends. I never had more time with them. However, my childhood was a cool one. I was busy doing the things I love. I had no regrets because I found my passion for acting early on.”
The actor also previously shared in 2021 that he sought addiction recovery treatment at River’s Edge Ranch after getting into heavy drugs at 19 years old.
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