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Little Boy From the Client Dies at 25

I just re-watched The Client on the flight over here and I commented to myself how talented this kid was. I really love Susan Sarandan in this movie too, but I guess thats off topic. This is so sad. I wonder how much of this is rooted in the fact that he was a child star ...

Troubled Actor Brad Renfro Dies at 25
Tuesday January 15 8:49 PM ET

Actor Brad Renfro, whose career began promisingly with a childhood role in "The Client" but rapidly faded as he struggled with drugs and alcohol, was found dead Tuesday in his home. He was 25.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at 9 a.m., said Craig Harvey, chief investigator for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The cause of death was not immediately determined, Harvey said, but an autopsy could be conducted as early as Wednesday.

Renfro had reportedly been drinking with friends the evening before his death, Harvey said.

Renfro's lawyer, Richard Kaplan, said he did not know whether the death was connected to any problems with addiction.

"He was working hard on his sobriety," Kaplan said. "He was doing well. He was a nice person."

The actor served 10 days in jail in May 2006 after pleading no contest to driving while intoxicated and guilty to attempted possession of heroin.

The latter charge stemmed from his arrest in Los Angeles' Skid Row area, when he attempted to buy heroin from an undercover officer in 2005.

For several years he was better known for that drug bust and the resulting criminal case than for acting.

After one court appearance, he talked to reporters about drug rehabilitation, saying he was "tired of paying the consequences" for drinking and drug use and eager to get clean.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Renfro's film career began when he was 12, acting opposite Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in "The Client." His other credits included "Sleepers," "Deuces Wild," "Apt Pupil" and "The Jacket."


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Jan. 16th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Damn. I was hoping he would get it together. He was really good. And still was--there's this episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that he and Ethan Embry seriously tore up!
Jan. 16th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
i saw that one! and i thought 'Brad looks puffy" and assumed it was form the drink....
Jan. 16th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
when i first heard that, my response was, "he was determined to kill himself and he finally did."
Jan. 16th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
me too
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Holy shit!

I didn't know he'd had such a troubled life. Poor guy. Sounds like his demons finally brought him down physically.

Actually though, his best known work is "Apt Pupil" where he plays a student who recognizes a Nazi war criminal (played by Ian McKellen) and plays a messed up game with him. Very good movie.

R.I.P. Brad. :(
Jan. 16th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
I think he was great in the true crime drama, "Bully", and in the film, "Ghost World".
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
i really loved Brad Renfro
and I am *really* sad that he is no longer with us.
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of when I heard about Jonathan Brandis dying. ;_;
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I was about to say the same thing... :(
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