Brad Renfro Has Died

January 15th, 2008 // 29 Comments

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The star of “Apt Pupil,” and one of my personal favorites, “Ghostworld,” Brad Renfro, was found dead in his home in Los Angeles this morning. This news comes after the 25-year-old had just recently finished filming “The Informers,” which also co-starred Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder.

According to TMZ, Renfro had been battling substance abuse, with a number of drug convictions under his belt, and was going through an especially difficult time recently, in the wake of his parents’ divorce. The cause of death has not yet been established.

By Lisa Timmons
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  1. Dianne

    This really breaks my heart. I love “The Client”, and cry at the end every time. He was so adorable, but also a great actor. I’m very sorry to read this.

  2. Sloane

    This is so sad, he was so talented in The Client for such a little boy, I think he was only ten in that movie.

  3. Jenna Mitchell

    This is such a shame. I thought he was the next Robert Downey, Jr. He was *wicked* talented and I so enjoyed his work. He was a beautiful boy. I hope he’s in peace now.

  4. Jenna Mitchell

    This is such a shame. I thought he was the next Robert Downey, Jr. He was *wicked* talented and I so enjoyed his work. He was a beautiful boy. I hope he’s in peace now.

  5. Jenna Mitchell

    This is such a shame. I thought he was the next Robert Downey, Jr. He was *wicked* talented and I so enjoyed his work. He was a beautiful boy. I hope he’s in peace now.

  6. Jenna Mitchell

    This is such a shame. I thought he was the next Robert Downey, Jr. He was *wicked* talented and I so enjoyed his work. He was a beautiful boy. I hope he’s in peace now.

  7. Jenna Mitchell

    This is such a shame. I thought he was the next Robert Downey, Jr. He was *wicked* talented and I so enjoyed his work. He was a beautiful boy. I hope he’s in peace now.

  8. MiHay

    What a waste of talent, and he was so young. I’m sorry to hear of his death. He will be missed.

  9. Darth Paul

    Heroin’s a helluva drug. No amount of talent or looks (and he certainly had them both in droves) can compensate in the end, though. I’m sad.

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  11. Zekers

    Great talent and tortured souls seem to go hand and hand so often…very sad, he was so young.

  12. Applespice

    The first movie I ever saw him in was the Cure… he was so great. He had such potential.

    I wish he had gotten help. This is very sad.

  13. Amber

    :(

    I loved him in “Bully”….and when I was a kid, I had the biggest crush on him after watching “Tom and Huck”.

    How sad. Rest in Peace, Brad.

  14. jay

    Heidi, you are a moron. Who posts solicitation shit in the midst of a memorial post?? Claaaaasssssy, emphasis on assy.

    Rest in peace, Brad. Didn’t know you but addiction is a tough one. So young. Sadness.

  15. joan durtz

    Sad but not a suprise

  16. Justin

    I agree with comment #8…what a WASTE of talent. You people make me sick. He’s an actor…a person no different than you or I, who just happens to be granted some gifts in life that make him a lot more fortunate than most of us. But if this was ANY other person on the planet who’s not in the limelight, who may be equally as talented…no one would ever hear about it. IT sickens me that people get so broken up over celebs deaths, arrests, who’s banging who, etc. Focus your time and energy on things that affect YOU. I feel NO sympathy for someone who dies from drug abuse, which I am sure Mr. Renfro’s death can be attributed to. He, alike many others, are selfish and wasteful people! If you are lucky enough to have the gift to act, sing, entertain, whatever it may be that got you famous…why let it go to waste? Why abuse your gift and f*ck your life up using drugs? You are to blame for your own actions! The press, the fans, the writers of crap like this…they aren’t to blame! YOU and only YOU are responsible for your actions! It literally disgusts me when I hear of such tragedies as this.

  17. TheRage

    hey Justin, eat a dick.

  18. Justin is a Scientologist

    Too bad about Brad. He was adorable and talented. RIP. Stay away from the drugs, kids. Stay away…

    Fuck you Justin…

  19. Justin

    Wow…not a single person has said anything sightful…it’s all “Poor Brad” “Man I thought he was the next Robert Downey Jr.” “He was so adorable” “I suck dick” fuck off. get a fucking life people.

  20. Justin

    oh, and if I was a scientologist you think I’d be a little more sympathetic with Brad seeing that he’s an actor…no? Fucking dipshit. While I’m at it, FUCK scientologists

  21. KB

    Justin is a hateful bitter douche. But definitely NOT a Scientologist. RIP Brad.

  22. melinda moore

    To bad for Brad he was always in a good spot but inspiration blew it for him hopefully the Lord would see him for what he was.

  23. mags1983

    justin u are a complete wanker!!! how dare u say those things!!! he is a person too you know!! he has family and friends who love him very much!!! he just happens to be an actor too and so what?! your just a jealous turd justin! u know ur a worthless piece of shit that no one wud ever care to write a memorial blog to u!!
    i am one of brads biggest fans and i will not tolerate pieces of crap like justin saying things like that!! brad was a very talented actor and his family and friends are in my prayers. i will miss him forver and never forget him. REST IN PEACE BRAD xxxx

  24. mags1983

    justin u are horrible!!! how dare u say those things!!! he is a person too you know!! he has family and friends who love him very much!!! he just happens to be an actor too and so what?! your just jealous justin! u know ur a worthless non human being that no one wud ever care to write a memorial blog to u!!
    i am one of brads biggest fans and i will not tolerate justin saying things like that!! brad was a very talented actor and his family and friends are in my prayers. i will miss him forver and never forget him. REST IN PEACE BRAD xxxx

  25. mags1983

    justin u are horrible!!! how dare u say those things!!! he is a person too you know!! he has family and friends who love him very much!!! he just happens to be an actor too and so what?! your just jealous justin! u know ur a worthless non human being that no one wud ever care to write a memorial blog to u!!
    i am one of brads biggest fans and i will not tolerate justin saying things like that!! brad was a very talented actor and his family and friends are in my prayers. i will miss him forver and never forget him. REST IN PEACE BRAD xxxx

  26. Hey Justin Addiction is a disease, ignorance is just plain irresponsible educate yourself:

    http://www.hbo.com/addiction/index.html

  27. Hey Justin Addiction is a disease, ignorance is just plain irresponsible educate yourself:

    http://www.hbo.com/addiction/index.html

  28. justin

    Two responses to two comments made directly towards me. And they just so happen to be the MOST sight-full things said thus far.

    mags1983-First of all, learn how to spell. Secondly, despite your poor grammar, made some sense. If you actually read what I wrote in previous comments I mentioned that I thought it was pathetic what people were saying “he’s the next Downey Jr.” etc…but by you saying “he’s a person” and that you will pray for him and his family is a thoughtful and meaningful thing to say. You didn’t go off on some rant about a bunch of bullshit (other than trying to put me down, which by the way didn’t work)

    Second comment that I enjoyed reading was Kristen’s remark just above this one. Addiction is a disease, and ignorance is irresponsible. I am very well educated, but it appears that poor Brad was not. Maybe he should have checked out your website link.

    One can only feel so bad for a person who abuses themselves, and takes advantage of the gifts they are granted. My whole point to all that I have written is exactly that. How can you feel bad for someone SO MUCH when you know in your heart that they caused their own misfortune?

  29. Duh!

    Before you crtiticise anyone elses’ grammar or spelling Justin, look for sight-full (which you’ve used twice) in a dictionary.
    The loss of anyone so young is terrible, whether they’re famous or not.

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