UPDATE 9/27; 12:20PM: See show creator Kurt Sutter’s comments below.
Just breaking news is reporting that the man or played Sons Of Anarchy cast member Half-Sack, Johnny Lewis, was found dead Wednesday. (The news is just now finding its way to the internet, 20 minutes ago)
It’s a convoluted mess of a situation but here’s how it looks:
Johnny Lewis was found dead in the driveway outside a home in Los Feliz, in Southern CA, after what looks like his having jumped or fallen from the roof or balcony.
Police were called in when neighbors heard screaming from the house. When they arrived, they found “half sack” dead in the driveway and inside the house, they found the body of an 81-year-old woman who had been beaten to death.
Lewis is suspected of the murder and may have been a renter in the house.
Other early details suggest that he had an altercation with other neighbors after the screaming was heard, ran back inside the house, climbed on the roof and then fell.
In the Sons of Anarchy series, Lewis’ played Kip ‘Half Sack’ Epps in 26 episodes in the first two seasons of the series. The character was an incredibly likable “prospect” for the motorcycle club, and gave his life (in the series) defending Jax’s girlfriend at the time, Tara.
Since his exit from the series in 2009, he had been kept busy in movies like 186 Dollars to Get Out (his last film made), Magic Valley, Lovely Molly & The Runaways. He was also in AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem and Palo Alto, CA. (I had no clue the town I live next to has a movie named after it.)
It’s always sad to see when an actor you’ve grown fond of falls into these kinds of circumstances. It only reminds you that they too, are just people, and are susceptible to the funny qualms of life, like anyone else. Though I’m hoping they find evidence to the contrary of his duplicity in the situation, but I’m not holding my breath on that one.
R.I.P. Johnny Lewis and thanks for the likable character of half sack in Sons of Anarchy. (If you don’t watch the show, DON’T ASK about the nickname.
Below is a statement released by Kurt Sutter from his Sutter Ink Productions website:
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.