“We are completely devastated for he was an extremely talented young actor and wonderful, caring human being,” said Bufanda’s manager Kirsten Solem in a press statement. “He was reviving his career having just completed two movies and we are shocked and saddened by his passing. The family would appreciate privacy at this difficult time.”
According to police reports, Bufanda committed suicide by jumping from a building.
Bufanda began his acting career before his teens, making appearances in the late 1990s and early 2000s on Roseanne, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Malcolm in the Middle, Even Stevens and Days of Our Lives. Later he appeared on CSI: Miami, Boston Public and the 2004 feature A Cinderella Story.
But it was his recurring role as Felix on Veronica Mars during the series’ stint on UPN that took Bufanda out of his single-episode streak. He was later a series regular on Cinemax’s Co-Ed Confidential.
Veronica Mars producer Rob Thomas tweeted that he was “heartbroken” about the news:
I'm heartbroken to hear of Brad Bufanda's passing. He did great work on Veronica Mars. My heart goes out to his family.
— Rob Thomas (@RobThomas) November 3, 2017
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