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Brad Renfro Dead at 25

Brad Renfro Dead at 25

Brad Renfro is dead, reports TMZ.

The 25-year-old actor, who has had a history of drug abuse, was found dead at his Los Angeles home this morning.

He just wrapped the film The Informers costarring Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton.

Cause of death has not been determined.

Via Wiki: Renfro has gone on to act in several well-regarded films in his adulthood including 2001′s Ghost World and Bully and 2005′s The Jacket with Keira Knightley and Adrien Brody. In 1995 he won Hollywood Reporter‘s “Young Star” award and was nominated as one of People‘s “Top 30 Under 30.”

UPDATE: Craig Harvey, chief investigator for the Los Angeles county coroner, told People that drug overdose is “obviously it’s a possibility considering his history, but right now all we have is the history of his drinking the previous night. All that we have is that he was last known to be alive during the morning hours and he was snoring.”

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  • Diama

    he was so young!

  • remember da truth

    Jeez, but with him, it was just a matter of time. Isn’t he the kid who was in The Client?

  • ZANESSA forever!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG I don’t know who he is, but OMG! At least we are moving into a noew generation with better thinking celebs!

  • abbyyy25

    who is this guy?

  • abbyyy25


  • pinkNeon*

    He was so good in the movie ‘The Client’. Aw, so sad…he is still so young!

  • eli

    omg, goes to show what a hollywood life brings

    i remember him when he was cast in the movie “The Client” …it was like a big deal that they did this huge casting call for young boys and cast this guy as an undiscovered, so much hype and now dead at 25…just terrible

  • lalaa

    omgg !

    first is zac and now a death !

    this is horrible

  • menna

    omg, wut a bad day…first zac…now this?

  • eira

    i dont know him,but may his soul rest in peace!

  • LORI

    Sooo sad. I used to love this guy. He is my age. This is such a shame.

  • dola

    OMG, this is seriously TERRIBLE! That is soo sad :(.

  • vanessa

    This was bound to happen considering how the guy was a major druggiee. Next should be the blonde bimbos like Lohan or Spears.

  • it

    poor family

  • [~F a m o u s~]

    wow… i just watched bully like 2 nights ago. fcuked up

  • omg

    This is so sad! When I was younger, I loved him. He was so talented and wasted it. When is young Hollywood going to wake up and straighten themselves up….never!

    My thoughts are with his family.

  • Ally

    wow…. sad sad sad

  • ae

    i don’t know him but gezz he is so young=S!

  • the_original_nika


  • uh

    omg! i remember him from sleepers. so sad.

  • Adrian

    At the risk of sounding trite, gone too soon.

  • cubanita

    This generation has it’s own River Pheonix now. What a horrible tragedy & a wasted talent.

    When I watched “The Client” I kept wondering…. Who’s that kid who’s stealing scenes from Sarandon & Mary Louise Parker?

  • Liki

    And this guy was in Tom and Huck, with Jonathan Taylor Thomas, if anyone remembers that movie. That is so sad, he is so young.

  • Liki

    I mean was.

  • mIMI

    OMG! This is so sad…
    I really loved him when I saw him in Sleepers and The Cure.
    He’s such a beautiful boy…
    I can’t believe this, sooo sad……….
    May his soul rest in peace………

  • HBK

    wow, i feel sorry for his family

  • Matt

    omg i can’t believe this! news like this always make me really sad… RIP Brad

  • Anon

    I remember being really impressed when he was in The Client, and his chemistry with Susan Sarandon was terrific. Unfortunately it wasn’t too long after that he got into the drugs (too much too soon, IMHO). I doubt Young Hollywood will ever learn. Such a waste.

  • mia


  • Effy

    this is extremely sad. RIP Brad.


    gosh, he’s my age. RIP, buddy.

  • yfw

    omg..I remember him from back in the day..Can’t believe he’s dead!


  • Amy

    I don’t even know who he is But this is still sad. Too bad. Lets hope though that the next one’s Brittney Spears. It’s a shame when another celebrity dies. He was young. But live a druggy, die a druggie.


    Jesus Christ!

    I can’t believe it!!
    he was so talented, handsome..
    but I dunnew ’bout the other side of him..

    make me sad =/

  • holly

    that’s a shame. i remember years ago he was everywhere and was supposed to be the next big thing and then he dissapeared and had some drug issues. wow.. that’s really too bad. my thoughts are with the family.

  • Anon

    This is SO sad. He was a really gifted young actor. Not only his first role in The Client, but he did a movie with Sir Ian McClellen and he also was in that movie Sleepers, about four kids who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC go to a reform school where they are molested.When they grow up, two of them murder one of the cops who molested them. It was a really good move with Kevin Bacon as the sleezy cop and Robert DeNiro as their priest and Brad Pitt was Brad Renfro when he grew up and became a lawyer. Minnie Driver was in it too. I am so sorry Brad Renfro died.

  • ezekiel

    He was indeed great in The Client. Bully is one of my all-time favorites. He was also in Apt Pupil and Sleepers, just to name a few. He was supposed to be the next big thing. This is horrible. RIP. My thoughts are with his family.

  • Susan


  • athena

    Wow, this is terrible sad news. He was a great actor…seeing all this chaos on JJ I was beginning to think the things just written on this site are nothing but hoaxes…It’s really sad to lose someone so talented. I will always remember how great an actor he was.


  • vitoria

    omg..i cant believe it!
    he was sooooooo cute and good in ‘the cure’ :(

  • rachel

    This is so sad. He was so handsome and a great actor. This is very unfortunate. God Bless his soul. :(

  • Lady G

    Don’t really know him but he was so young. RIP Brad and hopefully you have finally found peace.

  • Ginny

    This makes my heart hurt. I had such a huge crush on him when i was younger that i took a fold out poster of him from my Bop magazine and hung it in my tent when i went camping. oh how sad..he was so talented.

  • neil (a brangelina loonatic)

    Who? What? ……….Who? ……… I was saying……

  • Carrie

    Given his history, I shouldn’t be shocked that it was bound to happen soon enough but I’m such a fan. For nine years, I fancied myself in love with him. What a troubled soul.

    And a tremendous actor. Really.
    He was in “The Client”, “The Cure”, “Tom & Huck”, “Sleepers” then a lot of smaller indies that most people probably haven’t seen. Oh my gosh, I’m so sad.

  • daisy

    um, the outpouring of emotions is really nice and all but where was everyone while brad had issues and his career was hurting.. i don’t remember anyone mentioning him then. pretty sure that’s how his life went as well, it’s no surprise he left us so young.. where was his support system and life substance :/

  • nidyzylc

    i love him when i was young fave movie of him was THE was a touching movie..

    rest in peace brad renfro…

  • nidyzylc

    i love him when i was younger fave movie of him was THE was a touching movie..

    rest in peace brad renfro…

  • ???

    This is so tragic. He was incredibly talented in many of the movies people have mentioned. The Apt Pupil was one of his best performances along with Sleepers, and The Client. His early passing reminds me of another young star that passed away too soon..his name was Jonathan Brandis I think. It’s so sad when talent is not recognized as it should be and then these young stars resort to drugs to ease whatever pain they are feeling.

    Its just so sad.