Los Angeles police say they don’t know whether a “Sons of Anarchy” actor jumped or fell to his death after allegedly killing an 81-year old woman who may have rented a room to him.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith says the body of 28-year-old Johnny Lewis was found Wednesday morning in the driveway of a hillside home in the Los Feliz area.
Lewis appeared in the first two seasons of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” as Kip “Half Sack” Epps.
The body of real estate agent Catherine Davis was inside. Smith says she may have been beaten and Lewis was the suspect.
Smith says at some point, Lewis jumped or fell from the home’s balcony. Lewis had been released from jail just five days before. According to the L.A. Times, investigators are looking into whether Lewis was under the influence of C2-I, a new drug known as “smiles,” which causes severe hallucinations.
“It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who, unfortunately had lost his way,” wrote “Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter online. “I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path.”
Lewis was a busy actor in television and films since 2000, first appearing in a guest role on “7th Heaven” and then on episodes of “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Judging Amy.”
He was a regular on the brief series “MTV’s Now What?,” playing Gilby, and was a star of another short-running series, Fox sitcom “Quintuplets”; recurred on Disney Channel’s “Drake & Josh” as Scottie, on NBC’s “American Dreams” as Lenny and on Fox’s “The OC” aw as Dennis “Chili” Childress.
More recently he had guested on shows including “CSI” and “Criminal Minds.”
The actor made his bigscreen debut in 2004’s “Raise Your Voice” and subsequently appeared in films including “Pretty Persuasion” and “Underclassman.” He had a lead role in “AVPR: Aliens vs Predator — Requiem,” appeared in musical biopic “The Runaways,” starring Kristen Stewart, and most recently shot a role in the film “186 Dollars to Get Out.”