Evan Ellingson’s tragic death aged 35 is being investigated as a potential overdose after drug paraphernalia was found at the scene of his passing at a sober living facility.
The My Sister’s Keeper star was found dead in the bedroom of his sober living facility in Southern California’s city of Fontana in San Bernardino County on Sunday.
Law enforcement sources confirmed to TMZ drug paraphernalia was found – Evan’s father previously said his son had struggled with drugs, but had been doing better in recent years and was in recovery.
Sources added the pending results of Evan’s toxicology report will determine how the investigation will proceed.
If drugs are found to have caused his death, authorities could investigate whether the actor acquired them, leading to a criminal investigation.
Sad loss: Evan Ellingson’s tragic death aged 35 is being investigated as a potential overdose after drug paraphernalia was found at the scene of his passing at a sober living facility. Seen in 2009
TV actor: The star. left, was best known for his work with David Caruso, right, on the TV series CSI
The star was best known for his work with David Caruso on the TV series CSI: Miami, with Kiefer Sutherland on 24, and with Cameron Diaz in the movie My Sister’s Keeper.
There appears to be no foul play involved, according to the coroner’s office, and the cause of death has not yet been shared.
Evan’s older brother, Austin Ellingson, died of a drug overdose in 2008, according to IMDB.
Evan is survived by his daughter, Brooklynn, whom he welcomed that same year.
The actor, who was born in La Verne in Southern California, seemed to have taken a long break from working in Hollywood before his shock passing.
Evan has not been on screen for over a decade.
His last part was as Kyle Harmon in a 2010 episode of CSI: Miami. He had appeared in a total of 18 episodes for the grisly hit crime series.
His first acting role was in the 2001 TV movie Living In Fear in which he played ‘young Chuck’ at age 12.
Next he appeared as Young Luke Spencer in a 2001 episode of the soap opera General Hospital.
Then came a small role as Alden Boy in 2001’s The Gristle.
From 2001 until 2002 he starred in 10 episodes of the TV series Titus with Christopher Titus and Stacy Keach.
A hit film: Seen left in 2009’s My Sister’s Keeper with Abigail Breslin
On the red carpet: From left, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vassilieva, Abigail Breslin, Ellingson and Jason Patric at the New York premiere of My Sister’s Keeper
He was then seen on Mad TV as Church Camp Boy, and in Time Changer as Roger.
In 2003, he played Adam in the short Rules Of The Game, and then in 2005 he had a part as Benjamin Givens in the movie Confession which starred Pete Greene and Chris Pine.
It was back to TV with Complete Savages; Evan starred in 19 episodes from 2004 until 2005.
In 2005 he played David Cook in an episode of Bones with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.
In the 2006 film The Bondage he played Mark Edwards opposite Michael Angarano and he also had a role as ‘Kid Marine’ in Clint Eastwood’s epic war film Letters From Iwo Jima.
Erik Von Detten, Jason Dolley, Andrew Eiden, Ellingson, Shaun Sipos and Keith Carradine arriving to the ABC 2004-2004 Upfront Party at Cipriani in New York City in 2004
In 2004: from left, Ellingson, Erik von Detten and Andrew Eiden at the Toontown Takes Hollywood charity event hosted by Disney Online
Evan landed another TV series the next year: In 2007 he was cast as Josh Bauer, the nephew of Kiefer Sutherland’s counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the thriller 24.
He was on a total of 10 episodes of the acclaimed series that revolved around Jack dealing with assassination attempts, nuclear attacks, bioterrorism, torture, traitors and sleeper cells.
After that Ellingson worked on Walk The Talk and State of Mind.
In 2009 came his major feature film role in My Sister’s Keeper with Diaz.
On CSI: Miami he played the son of David Caruso’s Lt. Horatio Caine and Julia Winston.
In July 2009, he talked to Philstar Global about starting work in show business at a young age.
He said: ‘I never had the same childhood experience with my friends.
‘I never had more time with them. However, my childhood was a cool one. I was busy doing the things I love. I had no regrets because I found my passion for acting early on.’
He was discovered at a skate park and was asked to not only skate for the Vans PeeWee team, but to do a commercial for the Vans Company, according to IMDB.
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