Polcie at the building where actor Johnny Lewis was found
dead. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Former "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis, who was
found dead in September and linked to a suspected homicide, did
not have any drugs or alcohol in his body, coroner's officials
A toxicology examination detected no amounts of cocaine,
marijuana, hallucinogenic drugs or prescription medications,
the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said in a report.
Lewis, 28, was found dead in the driveway of a home he had
been renting in Los Angeles and his 81-year-old landlady was
found dead inside.
Investigators initially suspected Lewis was under the
influence of drugs or alcohol because he had spent time in
rehab and had a criminal drug past. The actor had been
released from jail five days prior to his death.
Authorities ruled Lewis' death an accident from partial
strangulation and head trauma after the actor fell 5m from an
elevated terrace onto a paved driveway.
"We do not have definitive evidence that (Lewis) intended to
kill himself," Los Angeles County medical examiner James K.
Ribe wrote in the autopsy report. "We also do not at this
time have any evidence that he was pushed."
Detectives believe Lewis may have killed his landlady,
Catherine Davis, but said the motive was unknown.
Lewis had pleaded guilty in August to assault with a deadly
weapon. He also pleaded no contest to an attempted burglary
in a separate case. He was sentenced to jail in both cases.
Lewis played Kip "Half Sack" Epps, an Iraq War veteran, in
the first two seasons of FX television drama "Sons of
Anarchy" about an outlaw motorcycle club. The Los
Angeles-born actor previously had recurring roles in the TV
shows "Boston Public" and "The O.C."