Brad Renfro Found Dead at Home
Authorities said Renfro's body was discovered in his Wilshire area home in the 1000 block of South Ogden Drive by his girlfriend. He was declared dead by paramedics at 9 a.m., said coroner's spokesman Ed Winter.
Winter said the cause of death had yet to be determined.
"There is no suspicion of foul play," LAPD Lt. David Evans said. Officials would not comment on whether drugs or drug paraphernalia were found in the home.
Renfro, a child actor from
The movie propelled him to a succession of other roles. In 1998, Renfro won the lead role opposite
Despite the promising start to his acting career, Renfro was perhaps best known for being in the wrong place at the wrong time when, just days before Christmas 2005, he was picked up by the LAPD during an undercover drug sweep of downtown's Skid Row.
Unfortunately for Renfro, the LAPD -- in an attempt to show what they were doing to improve Skid Row -- had taken along a
Renfro told a detective arresting him that he was using heroin and methadone.
He ultimately went to a drug rehabilitation program and pleaded guilty to attempted possession of heroin. He was sentenced to three years' probation.
Renfro's former attorney Blair Berk said today: "Brad was a really gifted young man. It is a tragedy all the way around."