NYPD Blue child star Austin Majors' cause of death revealed as fentanyl toxicity
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NYPD Blue child star Austin Majors' cause of death has been revealed as fentanyl toxicity.
Since then, new details surrounding the former actor's death have emerged after he was found dead in a Los Angeles homeless facility where he had been living at the time, according to a coroner's report from The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office released on Tuesday (12 September).
Fox News reports that Majors - real name Austin Setmajer-Raglin - never responded to a 'bed check' around 9:33 pm on the evening he was found, with paramedics later rushing to the scene.
The medical office later confirmed his death, adding that the case had been deferred due to 'pending additional investigation'.
The outlet also reported that the manner of his death was officially listed as 'accidental', according to records shared at the time by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.
His sister, Kali Majors, released a family statement with Entertainment Weekly, in which she remembered Majors as an ‘artistic, brilliant and kind human being’.
His family shared: "Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career. "From the time he was little, he never knew a stranger and his goal in life was to make people happy.
"He grew up in a small town where he loved camping and fishing with his family and Boy Scout Troop. He loved his dog, Sunny, and the horse he grew up riding, Balla.”
His sister also added some of her fondest memories with her late brother: “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.”
Majors, who starred in the popular ABC series between 1999-2004, received a bunch of awards and other various accolades over his acting career.
The actor had also previously starred in in other hit shows including ER, According to Jim, and Desperate Housewives.
During his career, he also won the Young Artists Award for Best Performance in a Television Series in 2002 for his work on NYPD Blue.
He was also nominated for Best Performance in a Voice Over Role for the Disney animated film, Treasure Planet.
Major's last acting appearance was in 2009, when he starred in How I Met Your Mother.