The demise of Tyler Sanders, a teen actor identified for roles in “The Rookie” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” was dominated an unintended fentanyl overdose, officers stated Thursday.
Sanders died this previous June in his Glendale house on the age of 18.
On June 16, a buddy discovered Sanders unresponsive inside his locked house and known as 911, a Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s report stated. Sanders had been texting the buddy the night time earlier than, telling the buddy that he was utilizing fentanyl. The report stated Sanders had a historical past of drug use, and drug paraphernalia was discovered on the house.
The findings of the reason for Sanders’ demise come amid a rising wave of deaths associated to fentanyl use in Los Angeles County and throughout California.
A current report discovered that 13 instances as many individuals misplaced their lives in L.A. County to fentanyl in 2021 as in 2016. The drug was concerned in additional than half of all overdose deaths, and was particularly prevalent amongst youngsters: Amongst 12- to 17-year-olds who died of an overdose, the overwhelming majority — 92% — examined constructive for fentanyl.
Sanders left behind a budding profession as a display actor. He began performing at 10 and first starred in a Christian sitcom, “JLW Academy,” about college students attending a Christian personal faculty. In 2017, Sanders received an enormous break, showing in an episode of the FX present “Fear the Walking Dead.” He performed the youthful model of Jake Otto (Sam Underwood), a important character on the present.
Sanders continued making appearances in TV reveals together with ABC’s “The Rookie,” the place he performed the son of a rogue cop. Most lately, Sanders appeared in a Season 3 episode of the Fox drama “9-1-1: Lone Star.”
In 2021, Sanders was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for an excellent principal efficiency in a youngsters’s program for his function as Leo in Amazon Prime collection “Just Add Magic: Mystery City,” a spin-off of “Just Add Magic.”
Months earlier than his demise, Sanders acted in a supporting function within the motion thriller movie “The Price We Pay,” the place he performs alongside Emile Hirsch, identified for “Into the Wild,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “The Girl Next Door.”
Sanders will seem posthumously within the movie when it premieres in January.
“Tyler was a talented actor with a bright future,” Sanders’ agent Pedro Tapia advised Deadline after his demise in June. “He comes from a wonderful family, and we ask that you respect their privacy at this time.”