Former child star Brad Renfro dies at 25

Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:32pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Brad Renfro, former child star of such films as "The Client" and "Tom and Huck" who had battled drug abuse in recent years, was found dead in Los Angeles on Monday at the age of 25.

A Los Angeles County Coroner's spokesman said Renfro's cause of death was under investigation.

"I can confirm that Brad Barron Renfro is deceased," Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter told Reuters. "He was found unresponsive in a residence ... Paramedics responded and he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time)."

The celebrity Web site TMZ.com reported that Renfro, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges of trying to buy heroin, just months after a picture of his arrest ran on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, had just finished filming a movie with actors Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton.

Renfro made his film debut at the age of 12 as a young boy who knew too much in the 1994 John Grisham thriller "The Client," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon. The following year he earned notice for his role in "The Cure."

After entering his guilty plea in February of 2006 Renfro, who had a string of run-ins with the law, was ordered into a drug treatment program and placed on three years probation.

Reuters/Nielsen

 
<p>Actor Brad Renfro arrives as a guest for GQ magazine's party celebrating their "Hollywood Issue" in Los Angeles February 15, 2001 in this file photo. Renfro, former child star of such films as "The Client" and "Tom and Huck" who had battled drug abuse in recent years, was found dead on January 14, 2008 at the age of 25. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>