Up-And-Coming Actor on Popular TV Show Found Dead at 20: Cause Unclear

By Jack Phillips

Jackson Odell, an actor who appeared on “The Goldbergs” and other shows, died at 20.

Odell was found unresponsive at a sober living facility in California on Friday, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed, according to reports. The cause of death is being investigated.

He appeared as Ari Caldwell on ABC’s “The Goldbergs” while also appearing in guest roles on “Modern Family” as well as “Arrested Development.” Odell was also a songwriter.

In a statement on his website, his family wrote: “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul.

“He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well,” the family stated.

They added: “We are now going to try to make sense of our immeasurable loss privately. We will not be making any further statements.”

Fellow “The Goldbergs” actor Charlie DePew mourned the loss on Twitter.

“RIP Jackson Odell. I’m so happy that i got to know you. You were a true talent and an even truer person,” he said.

“Very hard for me to hear about anyone passing away, but someone so young really saddens me,” said actress Ariel Winter, according to the BBC.

Sean Giambrone, one of the stars of “The Goldbergs,” wrote on Twitter that Odell “talked about his music and his plans. So talented and one the sweetest most welcoming people I’ve ever met. I’m really going to miss that.”

Wendi McLendon-Covey, who also appeared on the show, tweeted: “We hadn’t seen him for a while, but he was a bright, sweet soul. Love and blessings to his family.”

The coroner’s office told the New York Times that the actor was found unresponsive at the facility in Tarzana, Los Angeles. He didn’t attend a meeting that day.

A sober living facility generally serves as interim housing between rehab and general society for people who have substance abuse problems.

An autopsy is pending to determine his cause of death, the Times reported.


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