The late Sons of Anarchy star, 29 — whose body was found in the driveway of his L.A. home after falling or leaping to his own death on Wednesday afternoon — not only had many run-ins with the law in recent months, but his behavior left probation officials concerned about his mental health.
Now it appears Lewis — who played Kip “Half-Sack” Epps on two seasons of the FX series — had deep roots in Scientology, according to TMZ. The actor’s father, Michael Lewis, was a high-profile member of the controversial, star-studded religion — which counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its adherents — and even co-wrote a film with the faith’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
What was the actor’s attachment to the church?
According to TMZ, Lewis was involved in Scientology’s drug abuse program, Narconon. The notoriously confidential church has yet to confirm whether the actor — who was released from jail only five days prior to his death — was in fact a member.
But drugs weren’t Lewis’ his only trouble. In past months, the actor — who is suspected of murdering his landlady, Catherine Davis, 81, in their Los Feliz building before his own demise — was charged with battery, assault and attempted burglary. According to Fox News, he had been sent to treatment programs that address addiction and mental illness. And just four months ago, a probation officer noted concern about Lewis’ mental state, with the officer writing that he was “very concerned for the well-being of not only the community but that of the defendant.”
Results from Lewis’ Thursday autopsy are expected within two weeks time and will help to determine cause of death, the L.A. Coroner’s office said.
According to authorities, Lewis’ landlady died of blunt-force trauma and manual strangulation.