Actor Adam Rich’s Cause of Death Still Under Investigation
Former ‘Eight Is Enough’ child star Adam Rich’s cause of death is mysterious as he died suddenly on Saturday (January 7, 2023 ) in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. May he rest in peace.
Adam Rich was born on October 12, 1968, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Growing up as a child actor, he lived in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, with his parents, Francine and Rob Rich, and younger brother.
The family briefly lived in Florida where Adam learned how to act at the local gym. Rich was active in sports, including baseball, football, skateboarding, bicycle riding, and swimming.
He had an interest in drawing. At age 14, Adam tried smoking marijuana, and at age 17, in 1986, he dropped out of high school. Rich almost died of a valium overdose in 1989.
In 1991, the star was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a pharmacy. In 1996, there was a media hoax that he had been murdered; the shocking story was published in the San Francisco-based magazine Might, with Rich’s consent.
In 2002, he again was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Adam was in drug rehabilitation at least three times during his life. As of 2013, Rich occasionally made personal appearances and marketed script ideas for television shows and films.
Rich won the role of Nicholas at the age of eight. After Eight Is Enough, the actor had roles in Irwin Allen’s short-lived TV series Code Red on ABC and the sitcom Gun Shy on CBS.
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Details of Adam Rich’s Cause of Death at 54
The actor best known for the ’70s and ’80s roles in Eight Is Enough and the animated Dungeons and Dragons died at the age of 54. Adam Rich’s cause of death was under investigation but was not considered to be suspicious.
He made guest appearances on television series including Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Love Boat, CHiPs, St. Elsewhere, and Baywatch. Adam also did voice work on the cartoon series Dungeons & Dragons, along with his former co-star Willie Aames.
Adam starred in TV commercials for Betty Crocker‘s Snackin’ Cake and Nabisco’s Wheatsworth crackers.
The child star suffered from a type of depression that defied treatment and he had attempted to erase the stigma of talking about mental illness, said publicist Danny Deraney. Adam unsuccessfully tried experimental cures over the years and remained sober.
Deraney said he and others close to Adam were worried in recent weeks when they couldn’t reach him. Deraney said: “He was just a very kind, generous, loving soul. Being a famous actor is not necessarily what he wanted to be … He had no ego, not an ounce of it.”
The actor frequently discussed his condition on Twitter and noted in October that he has been sober for seven years. Adam said he was not perfect — referring to arrests, many stints in rehab, overdoses, and “countless detoxes (and) relapses” — and encouraged his nearly 19,000 followers to never give up.
“Human beings weren’t built to endure mental illness. The mere fact that some people consider those to be weak, or have a lack of will is totally laughable … because it’s the total opposite! It’s takes a very, very strong person … a warrior if you will … to battle such illnesses,” Rich had tweeted in September.
Rich also tweeted a photo of himself from his heyday with one-time child star Mickey Rooney. “Everyone used to say to me, ‘You are the modern day Mickey Rooney,'” Rich tweeted. “But when Mickey Rooney told me that himself, it meant a helluva a lot more to me!”
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