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Actor Tab Hunter Dead at 86

1950s heartthrob actor Tab Hunter died Sunday night … according to his Facebook page. Tab, known for his surfer boy looks and roles in “Damn Yankees” and “The Burning Hills,” was also famous for remaining closeted during Hollywood’s Golden Age.…

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Jackson Odell Dies; The Goldbergs Actor Was 20

Jackson Odell, a former teen actor and songwriter, was tragically found dead on Friday at a sober living facility in the San Fernando Valley.

He was 20 years old.

Odell is likely best known to television fans for his recurring role on television’s The Goldbergs, on which he portrayed student Ari.

Along with this role on the ABC sitcom, Odell also appeared on Nickelodeon’s iCarly and made an appearance on Modern Family.

His big screen career included the 2011 children’s film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

According to TMZ, the outlet that broke this unfortunate piece of news, Odell was discovered unresponsive in the aforementioned sober living home; there were no signs of foul play.

A successful singer and songwriter, Odell had been involved in acting since the age of 12.

Most recently, the 20-year old had transitioned from acting into the music world, having written numerous songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 movie Forever Your Girl, including the Lauren Alaina hit, “Wings of an Angel.”

On iCarly, though, he played a character named Gumbo in a single episode.

Jackson was also known, as mentioned above, for playing Ted Durkas on Modern Family.

The character was Manny’s romantic rival and bully, attempting in vain to win Fiona’s affection and humiliate Manny on an installment of this wildly popular program.

Prior to becoming Ari for eight episodes on The Goldbergs, Jackson had brief stints on Arrested Development and The Fosters.

In the wake of this horrible development, Odell’s fans and co-workers took to social media to mourn his untimely loss, sharing their thoughts and condolences on Twitter and Instagram.

Wrote entertainment reporter Rachael Ellenbogen, for instance:

“No!! Jackson Odell was so insanely talented.

“Not just for random shows & movies, but for his music. Followed him on YT for yrs & made sure to include him in an article I did at my 1st internship yrs ago.

“Then went to see #ForeverMyGirl opening night to support his songwriting.”

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Odell’s death caps a troubling and depressing week in Hollywood.

First, Kate Spade was found dead of suicide in her Manhattan apartment. The designer was only 55 years old.

Then, Anthony Bourdain was found dead of suicide in a French hotel. The celebrity chef and TV star was 61 years old.

May they, Jackson Odell and all the celebrities listed below all rest in peace.

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Alan O’Neil Dies; Sons of Anarchy Actor Was 47 Years Old

Alan O’Neil, a veteran actor best known for his role on the final two seasons of Sons of Anarchy, was found dead on Wednesday night.

He was 47 years old.

According to TMZ, O’Neil’s body was found in the hallway of her Los Angeles apartment this week, with all appearances indicating that he died very suddenly.

The actor reportedly had a history of heart problems and was also a heavy smoker.

Moreover, TMZ reports, O’Neil struggled over the years with alcohol and drug abuse.

An autopsy will be conducted at some point in the near future to determine cause of death, but law enforcement sources say no foul play is suspected at this time.

A veteran actor who has made a living in this industry since the 1990s, O’Neill is likely best known to American audiences for the role of Hugh on the aforementioned FX hit.

He portrayed this excommunicated member of the IRA for seven total episodes and even appeared on the series finale in 2014.

However, O’Neil’s longest run on a series took place in Ireland’s Fair City, on which he portrayed a main character named Keith McGrath.

He had just been cast in a horror film called Charlie Lives: The Family’s Return prior to his tragic passing.

“My good friend Alan O’Neill died today….we worked together on The Sons Of Anarchy…my condolences to his family,” actor Timothy V. Murphy Tweeted in response to O’Neil’s death this evening.

“So sad to hear of the passing of Alan O’Neill who played ‘Keith’ in Fair City,” actor Seamus Power wrote, continuing:

“Always enjoyed working with him. Rest In Peace old pal.”

“Thinking of him, his family and friends…and all his fans. Rest easy,” added a fan on social media.

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This very sad loss comes just one month after another Sons of Anarchy star, David Labrava, revealed on that his 16-year-old son, Tycho Spelis Chiusano, had taken his own life after battling depression.

“Never in a million years would I think I would be posting this,” he wrote on Instagram in mid-May, adding at the time:

“This is my boy Tycho. He took his life a couple of days ago at 16 years old.

“He suffered from a depression we couldn’t see because he was a happy young kid. I am broken.”

Elsewhere, back in 2012, Sons of Anarchy Johnny Lewis was found dead at age 28.

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