Farewell, Jackson Odell: The 20-Year-Old's Unexplained Passing Is This Week's Third Celebrity Death
The Colorado-born actor-songwriter was found unresponsive by law enforcement officials on Friday. His death follows that of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain.
Still from "Jackson Odell interviewed at the LA Premiere of 'Forever My Girl' #ForeverMyGirl" from the Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV YouTube channel
Jackson Odell, a budding talent best known for his recurring role as Ari Caldwell in TV series The Goldbergs, was reported to be a resident of a sober living home in Tarzana, LA, California when he was found dead.
Law enforcement officials have not specified the cause of death and have stated that no foul play is suspected. However, the fact that Jackson was in a sober living home suggests that he may have been recovering from issues with addiction. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of Jackson's sudden passing.
While not yet a household name, Jackson had laid down the foundations of what could have been a lucrative and rewarding career in the spotlight. Beginning a life in show business at the age of 12 by appearing in shows like iCarly, Modern Family, and Arrested Development, as well as films Judy Moody and Not Bummer Summer, Jackson was well on his way to securing his spot in the industry.
The young talent was also loved by fans who knew him for his singing and songwriting prowess. Setting up his own YouTube channel, Jackson amassed a following that he captivated with his covers of songs by famous bands and singers. Most impressively, Jackson is credited for penning original songs included in the soundtrack of 2018 romantic comedy Forever My Girl.
His family released an official statement to acknowledge the tragedy, saying, "The Odell family has lost our beloved son and brother, Jackson Odell. He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world does as well. We are now going to try to make sense of our immeasurable loss privately. We will not be making any more statements."
Photo from "Sheep and the Yeti VLOG by Jackson 'Jaxn' Odell" from YouTube channel Jackson Odell