In a very strange, still very confusing story, Johnny Kendrick Lewis, known for his role as Kipp “Half-Sack” Epps, was found dead outside a home in the neighborhood of Los Feliz in Los Angeles, California. The incident created quite a stir, even before anyone knew the identities of the victims or the possible murder suspect. This area of Los Feliz is not known for high crimes, and the neighborhood was jumping on Twitter and other online sources trying to figure out who the person was once Fox News reported that the murder suspect, who apparently fell to his death, was a high profile individual. People were speculating all night until the name was released this morning.
In a recent tweet from the Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter he hints to a lifestyle breakdown for the actor, and possibly some issues that would have lead Lewis to committing such a crime. The victim, presumed “innocent” at this point, was an elderly realtor apparently in charge of the property, and possibly was a current or former landlord to Johnny Lewis. Here is the quote from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter:
"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. 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."
In addition to playing Kipps “Half-Sack” Epps on Sons of Anarchy, Johnny Kendrick Lewis had a fairly prominent role on The O.C. where he played a loveable high school friend of Mischa Barton when she had to go to a public school. His character was nicknamed “Chili”, and was often the brunt of jokes and was very much an outcast. In Sons of Anarchy, his character was also made fun of pretty harshly. This creates a stir within the public who wish to draw connections, but as more evidence comes out I’m guessing what we will hear about the deceased Johnny Lewis will go much deeper than some method false character identity issue. There were reports from those involved that he had “super human strength” which certainly implies drug use of some kind. Speculation will grow and grow, but perhaps another young actor succumbing to drug problems and dying will, as Kurt Sutter put it, “carry the message”.