(Associated Press) – Fentanyl effects are believed to be the cause of the death of child star Adam Rich, known as “America’s Little Brother” for his role in the hit family drama Eight Is Enough.
former tv star died in January of this year According to the autopsy report, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled it an accident. Rich died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 54.
His stardom came at just eight years old as the mopped son raised by a widowed newspaper columnist on ABC’s “Eight is Enough.” After the show ran from 1977 to 1981, his acting career was limited.
Months before his death, Rich spoke publicly about his experiences with depression and substance abuse. In October, he tweeted that he had been sober for seven years after his arrest, numerous visits to rehab, and several overdoses. He called on his followers to never give up.
He was arrested in April 1991 on suspicion of attempting to break into a pharmacy and again in October 1991 on suspicion of stealing a drug-filled syringe from a hospital while being treated for a dislocated shoulder. A DUI arrest was made in 2002 after he crashed into a parked California Highway Patrol cruiser on a closed lane of a highway.