While Sons of Anarchy made a splash this week by killing off a major character, a real-life tragedy involving one of the series’ former cast members has emerged. TMZ reports that Johnny Lewis, who played Halfsack — a character who was killed off in Season 2 — was found dead Wednesday in the driveway of a Los Feliz, Calif., where he apparently fell to his death. Inside the home, an 81-year-old woman was found beaten to death. Lewis is believed to have been on either PCP or meth before attacking the woman.
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter tweeted about the death today: “Not sure if folks know this yet, but Johnny Lewis (Halfsack) died last night. The sad irony of it happening two days after Opie’s death is not lost on me. It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. Yes, it’s day or mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. Sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”
Lewis, who also had a role in The O.C. and once dated popstar Katy Perry, was 28 years old.
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