Although he's been labeled a 'bad boy', I still admire this talented actor of my time.
Brad Renfro was found dead in his LA home Tuesday, January 15, at the age of 25. This former child star began his career with a role in The Client, when he was just 10 years old. And while his fame kind of faded, his acting skills didn't. In fact, he starred in some critically acclaimed movies as an adult like Bully and Ghost World.
Tonight I have been watching some Brad videos on Youtube, some of which I should not have missed while he was still alive. I forgot that he has an accent and that he talks funny. He was shameless in a funny, humble way. (Plus his guitar-playing rocks!!!)
And now I'm reminded of Jonathan Brandis. It was only last year that I found out about his death.
The news says Brad's autopsy will start as early as Wednesday. If it turns out drugs has something to do with this, he will be compared to River Phoenix more. In fact, similarities were already noted before: both very talented, both child stars, both had bands and were good guitarists and of course, the drug issues... now their deaths.
Sheesh. I'm affected. I don't like it when people die without any good reason at all, and especially those who still have something to prove. Though he was a bit retarded (like he said), I believe he was a good person, otherwise, his grandma wouldn't take him in, right? I still believe in people, the good in us, and our chances. And to you Brad, Jon and River, thanks for the good memories... praying for a good rest.
P.S. My grandfather's brother's wife also died yesterday. Rest in peace grandma!