'Sons of Anarchy' Actor's Alleged Victim Was Strangled, Coroner Says

Tim Kenneally
September 27, 2012
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'Sons of Anarchy' Actor's Alleged Victim Was Strangled, Coroner Says

The 81-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered by former "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis died of blunt head trauma and manual strangulation, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office  told TheWrap on Thursday.

Lewis, 29, who played Kipp "Half Sack" Epps, allegedly killed Davis, his reported landlord, at their residence in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles at approximately 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, police said. Shortly after, Lewis himself died, after falling off the roof of a neighborhood home. Also read: "Sons of Anarchy" Creator Kurt Sutter: "Not Shocked" by Actor's Death Lewis' cause of death has been deferred, the coroner's office said. Lewis left the FX biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" following its 2009 season. In an interview following his departure, show creator Kurt Sutter told an interviewer that Lewis "wasn't happy with the show ... Creatively, he really wanted out of his contract. We had ongoing conversations, and we decided we'd find some noble way for him to go." Sutter took to the social-media site Whosay on Thursday to say that the sad end of Lewis' life didn't come as a shock to him. "It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way," Sutter wrote. "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."  

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