Coroner: Brad Renfro died of a heroin overdose

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    TMZ has learned actor Brad Renfro is dead.

    The 25-year-old actor was found dead at his Los Angeles home this morning. The cause of death has not been determined, however, Renfro has had a history of drug abuse.

    Sources tell us Renfro, who had starring roles in "The Client" and "Apt Pupil" had been working valiantly to stay clean, especially since this summer. Renfro had been convicted of several drug offenses, including attempted heroin possession.

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    Renfro had been filming a movie with Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton. The movie, "The Informers," just wrapped.

    Renfro has had a rough time personally since moving to from Tennessee to Los Angeles. His parents split, and we're told he did not have real guidance from adults as he tried navigating the treacherous movie industry.
  2. A shame. Such a waste of a young life...
  3. Oh no, I always thought he was a great actor. This is truly a shame.
  4. How sad. I wonder what happened.
  5. OMG, how sad...... I wonder what really happened.
  6. I just read about this on shocking and sad. RIP~
  7. Really sad.. i always liked him.
  8. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? That's crazy! He's younger than me!!! :amazed:
  9. God bless him. May he rest in peace.
  10. How sad! :sad: I remember having a crush on him when I was younger.
  11. very sad :sad:
  12. I found this . . .

    Troubled actor Brad Renfro found dead at age 25 in LA
    The Associated Press
    Article Launched: 01/15/2008 05:08:27 PM PST

    LOS ANGELES—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 Renfro 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. An autopsy could be conducted as early as Wednesday, he said.
    Renfro had reportedly been drinking with friends the evening before his death, Harvey said.
    Renfro's lawyer, Richard Kaplan, said he did not know if 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 pleading guilty to attempted possession of heroin.
    The latter charge stemmed from his arrest on Los Angeles' Skid Row 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," "Ghost World" and "The Jacket," among others.

  13. Oh my sad. I always liked his acting.
  14. This is so sad, a friend of mine had such a crush on him when we were younger. :sad:
  15. :amazed: what??? I really liked him! this is just as sad when i heard jonathan brandis had died a couple years back(or whenever it was) :sad: