According to Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Bufanda died of traumatic injuries due to suicide after jumping off a building in the 300 block of South Fuller Avenue. Smith said a note was found at the scene, but couldn’t reveal its contents.
Bufanda’s manager Kirsten Solem also confirmed the death.
“We are completely devastated for he was an extremely talented young actor and wonderful, caring human being,” Solem said in a statement. “He was reviving his career, having just completed two movies, and we are shocked and saddened by his passing. The family would appreciate privacy at this difficult time.”
Born Fred Joseph Bufanda III in California, the actor legally changed his name in 2001. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career.
He had a recurring role as Felix Toombs on the first two seasons of “Veronica Mars” alongside Kristen Bell, and appeared on TV shows including “Malcolm in the Middle,” “CSI: Miami,” “Roseanne,” “Even Stevens,” and “Days of Our Lives.” Bufanda was also in the 2004 film “A Cinderella Story,” starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray.
Bufanda trained as a professional basketball player as well, but returned to Hollywood after sustaining an injury. He starred in the 2008 cable series “Co-Ed Confidential,” while his last listed role is in the 2018 romantic comedy “Stan the Man.”