Teenage actor Tyler Sanders passed away on June 16 from the effects of fentanyl, his autopsy report has now stated.
The 18-year-old, who starred in the likes of “9-1-1: Lone Star”, “Just Add Magic: Mystery City” and “Fear the Walking Dead”, was found dead in his Los Angeles home earlier this year.
TMZ obtained a copy of his autopsy report, which stated the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner noted Sanders’ death was accidental.
Illicit drugs were reportedly found in the bathroom of his home, where he was discovered unresponsive in bed.
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The report claimed the Medical Examiner said Sanders had told a friend via text the night before his tragic death that he’d been using fentanyl. He reportedly didn’t answer any phone calls from the worried friend after that.
TMZ stated the teenager had no medical problems, but was said to have had a history of drug abuse, including heroin, cocaine, LSD, mushrooms and Xanax.
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Sanders most recently starred in a short film titled “Shock!”, which is in post-production and was expected to be released this year, according to IMDb.
The late star last posted a photo of himself in Vail, Colorado on June 12.
After Sanders’ cause of death was revealed, his family released emotional statements, insisting that they hope the actor’s death can help others who might be struggling with their mental health.
Sanders’ father David shared, “Tyler was an ambitious, hard-working actor who was dealing with deep and persistent depression. Although actively seeking treatment, Tyler struggled to find relief and chose to experiment with drugs.
“Tyler fell into drug use, not as a way to have fun socially, but rather as an attempt to overcome his profound mental health struggle. While we continue to mourn his death, we are determined to share Tyler’s story in hopes of furthering the conversation around this pervasive issue.”
His mother, Ginger, added: “Losing Tyler due to fentanyl poisoning has been incredibly difficult. I want others to understand that we are a family much like all other families who never thought this could happen to us.
“Tyler had a strong support system and still could not overcome his persistent depression. Perhaps because of his depression, Tyler sought out deep connections and to bring those around him joy.
“While Tyler quietly fought his inner battles, he was outwardly determined to make sure no one felt as he did. Tyler loved the Lord, loved people and did his best every day. It is our sincere prayer that our story might save others.”
Joe Nussbaum, director of “Just Add Magic: Mystery City”, has created the “Do More 4 Tyler” initiative.
He said in a statement, “One of the greatest joys of making kids TV is the opportunity to work with talented, enthusiastic, dedicated young actors like Tyler.
“Tyler was so focused on his acting career that he would often write ‘Do More’ on his hand to remind him to work to achieve his goals. Now, it’s our turn to ‘Do More.’
“In Tyler’s honour, myself and industry colleagues throughout kids TV have come together to form the ‘Do More’ Initiative. We want to improve how the industry approaches the mental health of our youngest and most vulnerable colleagues – child actors.”