Autopsy results for My Sister’s Keeper star Evan Ellingson indicate that his death was ruled as an accidental fentanyl overdose. Ellingson, 35, was found dead on Nov. 5. His body was found inside the bedroom at his home in Fontana, Calif.
Upon recovering the body, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s coroner performed an autopsy on Nov. 6.
In his work, the coroner came back with his “Accident” ruling on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Upon further investigation, a spokesperson for the coroner’s office told PEOPLE about the cause of death. This person said it was an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Evan Ellingson’s Father Speaks Out About Addiction
Previously, TMZ had reported that Ellingson’s father said that his son had his fair share of struggles with addiction. It was in the sober house that Ellingson died.
Ellingson had not been on the big or small screen in 10 years. He played Cameron Diaz and Jason Patric’s son in My Sister’s Keeper. Also, he starred on CSI: Miami as Horatio Cain’s (David Caruso) son. Meanwhile, Ellingson had a regular turn on the TV show Complete Savages between 2004-05. Ellingson also played the nephew of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) on 24.
Meanwhile Abigail Breslin, who was a co-star alongside Ellingson in My Sister’s Keeper, went online and paid tribute to the young actor. She remembered him on Instagram as “a kind, funny, and extremely talented human being.”
“Evan was a genuinely thoughtful person who cared so much about turning in the best performance, which he accomplished,” Breslin wrote. “Some of his scenes in MSK still give me chills. He was also silly, funny, a prankster, a lover of Red Bull (I hated the smell of Red Bull) and he was energetic and the life of the party.”
Abigail Breslin Pays Tribute To Ellingson
The 27-year-old actress added, “I didn’t keep in touch a lot with him after the film, but he always stayed in my mind as a wonderful and sweet soul, one I am grateful to have crossed paths with. My prayers and condolences are with his family at this difficult time.”
Ellingson happened to have been raised in La Verne, California, along with three brothers, per his bio on IMDb. Reportedly, Ellingson was “discovered at a skate park and was asked to not only skate for the Vans PeeWee team but to do a commercial for the Vans Company.”
Apparently, the young actor had “unmistakable charisma and talent.” It led to him being “asked to do a trilogy of short films playing a character that was written specifically for him.” The bio said that those films helped him land more roles.
In an interview with The Philippine Star in 2009, Ellingson said, “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.”
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