Sons of Anarchy Creator Kurt Sutter: Johnny Lewis “Lost His Way” Before Death
The bizarre demise of actor Johnny Lewis, who either fell or jumped to his death after possibly murdering his elderly landlady, did not completely surprise his onetime “Sons of Anarchy” boss Kurt Sutter.
Sutter, the creator of the series on which Lewis starred for two seasons as Kip ‘Half Sack’ Epps, reacted to the tragic events in a WhoSay post on Thursday.
He wrote, “Not sure if folks know this yet, but johnny lewis (halfsack) died last night… it was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way.”
Sutter continued, “I wish i could say that i was shocked by the events last night, but i was not. i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path.”
He added, “Yes, it’s [a] day [of] mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”
Lewis, who also appeared in the film The Runaways and in series like “The O.C.” and “Boston Public,” dated Katy Perry in 2006.
The singer has not yet commented on his death, but other stars have.
Perry’s friend, actress Shannon Woodward, tweeted, “Johnny Lewis, I love you deeply and madly and always. My heart is broken in a million little pieces. I will miss you every day.”
She added, “Johnny Lewis was one of my best friends. He was very, very ill. His actions were a despicable result of that. It was not who he was.”
Haylie Duff, whose sister Hilary starred with Lewis in Raise Your Voice, wrote on Twitter, “So sad to hear the news about Johnny Lewis. Such a nice and talented guy. RIP.”
Josh Schwartz, creator and executive producer of “The O.C.,” tweeted, “Sad news about Johnny Lewis.”
“Hadn’t seen him in years but back then he was a very sweet, nice, talented guy,” he wrote, adding, “Thoughts to his family.”
There are a number of rumors circulating about the circumstances surrounding Lewis’ death, his mental health, and the killing of 81-year-old landlady Catherine Davis.