Former child star Evan Ellingson has been found dead, according to reports.
Ellingson, who starred in several hit TV shows as a young actor, died at age 35.
According to TMZ, the former actor was found dead on Sunday in a sober-living home in San Bernardino County, California.
Ellingson hadn’t appeared on-screen in over a decade.
His last role was on “CSI: Miami” in 2010.
He also appeared in an episode of “Bones” in 2005.
Ellingson is perhaps best known for the 2009 movie “My Sister’s Keeper,” starring Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, and Abigail Breslin.
Based on a 2004 novel by Jodi Picoult, the tearjerker film followed a family where one child, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), suffered from cancer, so her parents conceived her “savior sister,” Anna (Breslin), in order to donate blood stem cells and save Kate.
Ellingson played their brother, Jesse, who helps Anna sue their parents for medical emancipation, after she’s asked to donate a kidney to her sister.
The actor was born in La Verne in Southern California, where he grew up with three brothers.
He was known as a sports enthusiast, enjoying surfing, skating and mountain climbing.
Aged 10, he was discovered at a skate park and asked to compete with the Vans PeeWee team and star in a commercial.
The commercial kickstarted his career in the entertainment world.
Ellingson got his start in Hollywood at the age of 13, with the 2001 TV movie “Living in Fear,” starring Marcia Cross.
He went on to secure additional small roles in “General Hospital” and “Mad TV.”
From 2001 until 2002 he starred in 10 episodes of the TV series “Titus” with Christopher Titus and Stacy Keach.
In 2003, he played Adam in the short “Rules Of The Game,” and then in 2005 he had a part as Benjamin Givens in the movie “Confession” which starred Pete Greene and Chris Pine.
It was back to TV with “Complete Savages,” which Ellingson starred in 19 episodes from 2004 until 2005.
In 2005 he played David Cook in an episode of “Bones” with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.
In the 2006 film “The Bondage,” he played Mark Edwards opposite Michael Angarano and he also had a role as “Kid Marine” in Clint Eastwood‘s epic war film “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
Evan landed another TV series the next year: In 2007 he was cast as Josh Bauer, the nephew of Kiefer Sutherland’s counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the thriller “24.”
He was on a total of 10 episodes of the acclaimed series that revolved around Jack Bauer dealing with assassination attempts, nuclear attacks, bioterrorism, torture, traitors and sleeper cells.
After that, Ellingson worked on “Walk The Talk” and “State of Mind.”
On “CSI: Miami” he played the son of David Caruso’s Lt. Horatio Caine and Julia Winston for 18 episodes from 2007-2010.
In 2009 came his major feature film role in “My Sister’s Keeper” with Diaz – marking the biggest role in his career.
Tragically, his brother Austin, 22, died from an overdose of Oxycontin and Xanax during production of the film.
Austin starred in 2001 movie “Lay It Down” – which was set against the world of street racing – as Young Ben.
Evan’s father, Michael, told TMZ that Evan struggled with drugs in the past.
But he was reportedly doing better.
Michael said his son’s passing was a shock to his family.
Evan’s mother described him as “a smart, popular, funny, outgoing kid who lived to make people smile and laugh.”
The circumstances and cause of death were not made public.
However, officials did not suspect foul play, according to the outlet.