Young actor had history of drug problems


Former child actor Brad Renfro, who first starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in 1994's "The Client," died Tuesday morning after a night of drinking, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said. He was 25.

The cause of the actor's death was not immediately known.

Renfro had a history of drug problems, including an arrest two years ago in Los Angeles' Skid Row for allegedly trying to buy heroin. In May 2006, he spent 10 days in jail after pleading no-contest to driving while intoxicated and pleading guilty to attempted possession of heroin.

Although an autopsy is planned for today or Thursday, results of a toxicology test to determine whether drugs were a factor in his death will take six to eight weeks.

According to the Coroner's Office, Renfro had been out drinking the night before with friends and was discovered unresponsive in the morning.

Los Angeles fire paramedics were called at 9 a.m. to his home in the 1000 block of Ogden Drive. He was pronounced dead by the coroner at noon.

Renfro recently wrapped "The Informers" with Billy Bob Thornton for Senator Entertainment.

"All of us at Senator Entertainment, the cast and crew of 'The Informers,' and director Gregor Jordan are profoundly saddened by the news we received today," Senator president and "Informers" producer Marco Weber said. "Brad was an exceptionally talented young actor and our time spent with him was thoroughly enjoyable and he became a true friend to us all. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and to all who knew him closely as the giving, warm-hearted young man he was."

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Brad Barron Renfro was 10 when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher and cast as Mark Sway in the film adaptation of John Grisham's "The Client." He went on to star in "The Cure," "Tom & Huck" and "Apt Pupil."