Johnny Lewis' death accidental, 'Sons of Anarchy' actor was not on drugs
Authorities believe the September death of "Sons of Anarchy" actor Jonathan "Johnny" Kendrick Lewis was accidental and that he was also not on drugs when he suffered a fatal fall in an attempt to flee following a homicide, the Los Angeles Coroner's Office says.
The 28-year-old actor was in September found dead on the driveway of a home in Los Feliz, California, near Los Angeles, while the body of 81-year-old realtor Catherine Davis was also located. Authorities say it is believed she was his landlady.
A Los Angeles Coroner's Office report obtained by OTRC.com on Thursday, November 29, states that Lewis "appears to have jumped from an elevated terrace to the driveway while attempting to flee the scene. During the approximately 15-foot drop, he apparently lost his balance or struck an object. This caused him to land so his head impacted the concrete driveway."
The report quotes a medical examiner as saying that Lewis "died of a fall" and that there was no "definitive evidence" that he intended to kill himself or that he was pushed, "therefore, the manner of death is accidental."
The report also says that the actor was "possibly under the influence of drugs during the terminal episodes" and had "recently been arrested on drug charges and had been in drug rehab."
However, a toxicology report attached to the documents showed that the actor tested negative for both alcohol and a slew of illegal narcotics and other substances, including cocaine, marijuana, psychedelic drugs and anti-psychotic drugs.
A police detective said in a statement that Lewis had rented a room in the building two days prior this death. On the morning of September 26, residents called 911 to report a woman screaming. At that time, the detective said, Lewis jumped over the fence to an adjacent home and got into a physical confrontation with a painter and two residents, after which he jumped back.
Authorities then discovered him lying near the top of a driveway with a head wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police then discovered the dead body of the 81-year-old woman inside the building, as well as a dead cat, OTRC.com's parent company KABC Television reported in September. Lewis was named a homicide suspect.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office adds that Lewis was also suspected of carrying out "multiple assaults that occurred at the same location."
According to police records obtained by OTRC.com, Lewis had been released from jail on September 21 for a drug-related arrest. He had been arrested three times in 2012 and was booked on August 8 after pleading no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and plead no contest to attempted residential burglary on August 17.
On the FX biker drama series "Sons of Anarchy," Lewis played Kip "Half Sack" Epps. The character was killed off in the season 2 finale, which aired in December 2009.
In addition to "Sons of Anarchy," Lewis appeared in 9 episodes of "The O.C." as Dennis "Chili" Childress and also appeared in "MTV's Now What?," "Boston Public," "Drake & Josh," "American Dreams" and "Quintuplets." Lewis also appeared in films like "Raise Your Voice" and "The Runaways."
Lewis was also known for dating pop star Katy Perry in 2006. The pair appeared at several Hollywood events together.
After the actor's death, "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter Tweeted about the incident, noting that though it was a tragic event, he was not surprised by the actor's actions.
"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," Sutter Tweeted on September 27. "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."