Adam Wealthy, the kid actor with a pageboy mop-top who charmed TV audiences as “America’s little brother” on Eight is Sufficient, has died. He was 54.
Wealthy died Saturday at his house within the Brentwood part of Los Angeles, in accordance with Lt. Aimee Earl of the Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s workplace. The reason for demise is beneath investigation however will not be thought-about to be suspicious.
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Wealthy had a restricted performing profession after starring at age 8 as Nicholas Bradford, the youngest of eight youngsters, on the ABC hit dramedy that ran from from 1977 to 1981.
Betty Buckley, who performed his stepmother on the present, stated on Instagram that she was shocked to be taught of his demise Sunday and referred to Wealthy as her “younger pal” on set and pal ever since.
“I adored him and liked working with him,” stated Buckley, who posted photographs from the present of the 2 of them collectively on a swing set, on horseback and along with her arm round him whereas he was sleeping. “He was so candy, humorous, recent and pure. He introduced a whole lot of pleasure to all of us on the present and to our audiences.”
Wealthy’s public life after stardom was much like that different little one actors whose promising careers are later derailed by medicine and alcohol, and run-ins with the legislation.
He was arrested for driving beneath the affect in 2002 after almost putting a parked California Freeway Patrol cruiser in a freeway lane closed for upkeep. He was arrested in April 1991 for trying to interrupt right into a pharmacy and in October of that 12 months for allegedly stealing a drug-filled syringe at a hospital the place he was being handled for a dislocated shoulder.
Wealthy suffered from a sort of despair that defied therapy and he had tried to erase the stigma of speaking about psychological sickness, stated publicist Danny Deraney. He unsuccessfully tried experimental cures through the years.
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Deraney stated he and others near Wealthy have been fearful in current weeks once they couldn’t attain him.
“He was only a very form, beneficiant, loving soul,” Deraney informed The Related Press. “Being a well-known actor will not be essentially what he wished to be. … He had no ego, not an oz of it.”
Wealthy mentioned his psychological well being on Twitter and famous in October that he’d been sober for seven years. He stated he wasn’t excellent — referring to arrests, many stints in rehab, a number of overdoses and “numerous detoxes (and) relapses” — and urged his almost 19,000 followers to by no means quit.
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“Human beings weren’t constructed to endure psychological sickness,” Wealthy tweeted in September. “The mere indisputable fact that some folks think about these to be weak, or have an absence of will is completely laughable … as a result of it’s the whole reverse! It’s takes a really, very sturdy particular person … a warrior if you'll … to battle such sicknesses.”
Wealthy was the little brother to a era of TV viewers because the son of a newspaper columnist performed by Dick Van Patten, who has to boost eight youngsters alone after his spouse within the present — and the actress who performed her — died throughout filming of the primary season.
Wealthy starred within the collection “Code Crimson” from 1981-82 and voiced the character of Presto the Magician on Dungeons & Dragons from 1983-85, in accordance with the IMDB.com. He reprised his best-known function in two Eight is Sufficient TV film reunions.
However the steadiness of his performing profession was in single-episode appearances on a few of the hottest TV reveals of the time: The Love Boat, The Six Million Greenback Man, Silver Spoons, and Baywatch. His most up-to-date credit score listed on IMDB was enjoying Crocodile Dundee on Reel Comedy in 2003.
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