On November 5, “My Sister's Keeper” fans were horrified to learn that Evan Ellingson was found dead.
Ellingson was a very successful child actor, with his last movie credit being “My Sisters Keeper,” playing Jesse Fitzgerald in 2009, and his last TV credit being a recurring role in "CSI: Miami" as Kyle Harmon, from 2007-10.
He was only 35 years old, and at the time of his death, there was no cause of death revealed.
He Died From…
Reports broke on Tuesday that the coroner had finally revealed the cause of death for Ellingson.
According to his father, Michael Ellingson, his son has struggled with addiction and had been living at a sober living home.
Ellingson had openly discussed his addiction issues during a testimonial for River’s Edge Ranch, which offers “comprehensive and innovative services in a unique desert setting for men” with various addictions.
In his testimonial, he stated, “Life before the drugs was just kinda fun.
“My rock bottom was when I was 19. My brother Austin, he died from a heroin overdose, and when he died it sent me over the edge.”
Now his father has lost a second son, also to drug addiction.
According to the medical report, Ellingson died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.
After his passing, his co-star from “My Sister's Keeper,” Abigail Breslin, in part, posted, “Evan Ellingson was 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. 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.)”
Ellingson has 19 acting credits on his resume, blasting on to the scene in 2001, playing Young Chuck in “Living in Fear,” then landing several recurring TV and movie roles, finishing with MSK in 2009 and wrapping up on "CSI: Miami" in 2010.