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Former child star Evan Ellingson dead at 35 – family, co-stars share tributes

The former child star had an extensive resume in film and TV

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Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
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Updated: 7 November 2023
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Evan Ellingson, a former child star with credits that include the TV shows CSI: Miami and 24, plus films like My Sister's Keeper, has died at the age of 35.

The actor, whose last on-screen credit came in 2010, died at his San Bernardino County home, according to a report by TMZ, on Sunday. His cause of death has not yet been determined.

His family shared a statement yesterday with NBC News, which reads: "Our family is heartbroken by the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, Evan.

Actor Evan Ellingson attends the premiere of "My Sister's Keeper" at AMC Lincoln Square on June 24, 2009 in New York City.© Getty Images
Actor Evan Ellingson has died aged 35

"Evan was one of the most caring individuals who loved Jesus with all his heart. He had a sweet, child-like spirit with a smile that could light up a room. He was always thinking of others and wanted to use his own struggles with addiction to help people find hope."

Expanding upon his relapse after three years of sobriety, they added: "He was passionate about pointing individuals to resources for help. While in the end, he fell in his earthly battle with addiction, he was able to choose Jesus as his Lord and Savior and receive eternal life with Him. We already miss Evan and cherish every moment of joy, laughter and love that he brought to us and so many others."

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His father told TMZ that the late star was in a sober-living home, having dealt with addiction in the past, but was on the road to recovery, and the death was a "complete shock" to the family.

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His My Sister's Keeper co-star Abigail Breslin took to Instagram with a lengthy tribute to the actor as well, gushing about their time together and writing: "Evan, I know Heaven will welcome you with open arms. Your time on this earth may have been, devastatingly, short. Your humor, exuberance, kindness and bright light will linger forever. Sending you peace on your journey to the great beyond and who knows… maybe one day, I’ll meet you in Montana.

Evan made his first on-screen appearance in the TV movie Living in Fear as the character "Young Chuck" at the age of 12, and followed that up with an appearance on an episode of the long-running soap General Hospital, also in 2001.

His first major performance came in the Fox dark-comedy series Titus, starring Christopher Titus, Zack Ward, and Cynthia Watros. He played a younger version of the title character for ten episodes spanning 2001-02.

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Evan made his most notable appearance as the lead character's son in "CSI: Miami"

After a few more TV and short film appearances, he garnered his first leading turn in the short-lived ABC sitcom Complete Savages, playing Kyle Savage.

The show, which was executive produced by Mel Gibson, only ran for one season spanning 19 episodes in the 2004-05 season, but garnered Evan a Young Artist Award nomination for Supporting Actor.

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He played another supporting role in 2007 in the Fox action drama 24 opposite Kiefer Sutherland, playing the lead character Jack Bauer's nephew Kyle.

Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vassilieva, Abigail Breslin, Evan Ellingson and Jason Patric
'My Sister's Keeper' New York Premiere
Based on the book of the same name by Jodi Piccoult, "My Sister's Keeper" follows the story of Anna (Abigail Breslin) who is the product of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and was conceived by her mother (Cameron Diaz) as a bone marrow match for her older sister Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) who suffers from leukaemia. By age thirteen Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so Kate can fight the leukaemia that has plagued her since childhood. Like most teenagers, Anna begins to question who she truly is, but unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister. Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for her sister she loves© Shutterstock
He co-starred in the 2009 movie "My Sister's Keeper"

His most notable role came in 2009, when he was cast as a supporting character in the feature film My Sister's Keeper opposite Abigail, Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric, and Alec Baldwin.

Evan played Jesse Fitzgerald, the son of Cameron's character Sara and brother of Abigail's Kate, who is dyslexic and attempts to be supportive of his sister as she is treated for a terminal disease, ending with [spoiler alert] him going off to college after she passes away.

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The drama received mixed critical reception but was a box office hit, making nearly $100 million at the global box office.

Evan Ellingson attends Billabong USA's 3rd Annual Design for Humanity at Avalon on June 17, 2009 in Hollywood, California.© Getty Images
Evan Ellingson attends Billabong USA's 3rd Annual Design for Humanity at Avalon on June 17, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

His final on-screen performance came in the police procedural drama CSI: Miami, in which he played Kyle Harmon, the son of lead Lt. Horatio Caine, played by David Caruso.

He made his first appearance in season six in 2007 and made notable appearances for the next few seasons, with his last being in 2010, appearing in a total of 18 episodes.

According to his IMDb bio, Evan "grew up in La Verne, California with his three brothers," and was "an active sports enthusiast/extremist, who enjoys surfing, snowboarding, skating and is exploring mountain climbing, and scuba diving." 

Stars gone too soon

It added that at the age of ten, Evan was "discovered at a skate park and was asked to not only skate for the Vans PeeWee team, but to do a commercial for the Vans Company," which led to his debut in the TV industry.

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