Austin Majors, a former child actor who appeared on several episodes of “NYPD Blue,” has died at just 27 years old.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coronerr‘s office said in a statement that Majors died Saturday, however, his cause of death has not been revealed as of yet. Although no official cause of death has been announced, some news outlets reported the actor may have overdosed on drugs while at a homeless shelter and that no foul play was suspected.
As a child, Majors appeared in several television shows, including, “According to Jim,” “NCIS,” and “How I Met Your Mother.“ He was also nominated for Best Performance after he lent his voice to the animated film “Treasure Planet.”
However, one of his most famous roles was that of Theo Sipowicz on ABC’s “NYPD Blue.” Majors acted in 48 episodes of the series from 1999 to 2004. His performance on “NYPD Blue” earned him the Young Artists Award for best performance in a television series.
Majors was also “a scholar as well as an actor” and skipped a grade in school. Majors studied film and television production as well as the music industry at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Majors’ family remembered the actor in a statement first published by TMZ saying that he “was a loving, artistic, brilliant, and kind human being. Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career. He was an active Eagle Scout and graduated Salutatorian in High School. He went on to graduate from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a passion of directing and music producing.”
The statement continued to say, “Austin’s younger sister, Kali, says her fondest memories with Austin were growing up on set with him, volunteering at events with ‘Kids With a Cause,’ and backpacking together. Austin was the kind of son, brother, grandson, and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever.”