Johnny Lewis: a troubled life lead to his tragic end

The 'Sons of Anarchy' death ended a life of drugs and mental disease

WRITTEN BY: Mackenzie Dye
Johnny Lewis led an unstable life in and out of jail and rehab
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Johnny Lewis led an unstable life in and out of jail and rehab

Johnny Lewis tragically fell to his death Sept. 26 after allegedly killing his landlady, and probation reports state that he had been out of control for some time. The Sons of Anarchy star fell or jumped to his death from the roof of his home in Los Angeles.

Amid the many rumors surrounding Johnny Lewis’ death are that he was on synthetic drug C2-I, also known as “smiles,” at the time of his untimely death, according to CBS News. The drug is labeled as a hallucinogen by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Johnny Lewis not only had a physical dependency to various drugs, but also struggled with mental health issues. He had been in and out of jail and counseling up to five days before he allegedly killed his landlady, Catherine Davis, 81, and her cat.

Living a life of destruction to others and himself, Johnny Lewis had been in legal trouble thanks to several violent incidents. One incident from January 2012 involves him attacking and assaulting two men, and three other arrests have occurred after that including breaking and entering and resisting arrest.

The courts were aware of his mental issues and drug addictions and Johnny Lewis had been sent on several occasions to treatment programs to help him with those parts of his life. One of those rehabilitation programs includes a Church of Scientology drug program called Narconon, which he attended in 2004, according to NY Daily News.

His parents, who are both devastated by Johnny Lewis' death and their failed attempts to help their struggling son, are active members of the Church of Scientology.

"I give a lot of credit to his parents. They were really strong in trying to help him out. They really went to bat for him, but I guess they just couldn't do enough,” said Jonathan Mandel, Lewis’ attorney, told CBS News.

Johnny Lewis, whose character Kip ‘Half Sack’ Epps on Sons of Anarchy was killed off in 2009, was a talented and troubled actor who appeared mainly in small roles. His roles appeared on titles including The O.C., American Dreams, Boston Public and most recently The Runaways.

Lewis’ death will be explained more in the toxicology report, which will reveal the cause of death, according to the L.A. County coroner’s investigative division.

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