On June 8, actor Jackson Odell was found dead at a sober living home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Tarzana. Two months after the young star's death, the cause has finally been revealed.
According to PEOPLE, Jackson Odell died from an accidental drug overdose.
The Los Angeles County Coroner reported that the overdose was caused by “acute heroin and cocaine toxicity.”
When Jackson was found by emergency responders in June, he was already unresponsive. It was also noted that no paraphernalia or legal drugs were found at the scene of Jackson's death.
Odell, who made a name for himself playing Ari Caldwell on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, was said to have a history of heroin addiction. Though he battled addiction, a report from Hollywood Life states that his last drug test prior to his death was clean.
After the release of the autopsy report, Jackson's family released this statement on Monday, Aug. 27 via Twitter.
Our family’s statement regarding the autopsy report: pic.twitter.com/SynSXtIbno
— Jackson Odell Music (@JaxnTweets) August 27, 2018
Although the family's statement addresses what happened to their loved one, it also asks that the lessons learned from Jackson's death can address the larger, systematic problem in order to help others who are also suffering from addiction.
"There is a bigger story here. It is one of a pandemic of addiction that is attacking this generation across the globe. Our son paid the ultimate price. I hope someone is listening and something can be done to stop this chaos."
Drug addiction is a problem many young people across the United States and around the world are dealing with. Most recently, pop star Demi Lovato was admitted to the hospital in Los Angeles following a dangerous drug overdose.
According to the CDC, in 2015 there were 772 drug overdose deaths in teens aged 15-19 alone, with the majority of those deaths linked to heroin, a form of opioid.
In addition to his recurring role on The Goldbergs and acting gigs on shows like Modern Family, iCarly, and The Fosters, Jackson Odell was also a multi-talented musician who played the bass, guitar, piano, and drums.
You can see the young star talking about his love of music in this 2013 video from Maker Music. In the video, the Colorado native discusses getting into music at just 7 years old while performing with a children's chorale.
"I was kind of an awkward kid. I just was always confused about what life was. And I feel like music made life make a little bit more sense."
Sadly, Jackson Odell's rising acting and music career was cut all too short.
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse and need help, contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and Michigan native. When she's not writing, Jill enjoys Zumba class, travel, and referencing classic Seinfeld episodes.