Former Child Actor Evan Ellingson Dead at 35

My Sister's Keeper actor and former child star Evan Ellingson died at the age of 35 on Nov. 5.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Nov 06, 2023 5:37 PMTags
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Hollywood has lost a former child star. 

Evan Ellingson, best known for his work as a teenager in My Sister's Keeper and CSI: Miami, has died per documents from the local San Bernardino coroner's office viewed by E! News on Nov. 6. He was 35.

According to the report, Evan died in Fontana, CA, on Nov. 5, with his body found in the bedroom of a residence. His cause of death has not been confirmed as the coroner's office currently lists it is listed as "pending."

Evan's father Michael told TMZ that Evan's body was found at a sober-living home, with him noting that Evan had struggled with drugs in the past but had been doing better recently. TMZ also reports that no foul play is suspected at this time. 

E! News has been unable to locate a rep for Evan for comment.

Evan, who started his acting career as a child with string of TV appearances in the early aughts, was perhaps best known for his role as Jesse Fitzgerald, Cameron Diaz's eldest child, in the 2009 film My Sister's Keeper, based on the Jodi Picoult novel of the same name.

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In addition to his starring role on the sitcom Complete Savages, Evan also had a recurring role as Kyle Harmon, the son of David Caruso's Horatio Caine, in CSI: Miami, appearing in 18 episodes over three years.

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In 2009, just one year before he took a step back from acting, Evan reflected on spending his childhood onscreen.

"I never had the same [childhood] experience with my friends," he told The Philippine Star. "I never had more time with them. However, my childhood was a cool one. I was busy doing the things I love. I had no regrets because I found my passion for acting early on."

To look back at Evan's career, keep reading...

Hollywood Christmas Parade 2004

Evan Ellingson began his career as a child actor in the late '90s and early 2000s. In 2004, he booked the role of Kyle Savage on the TV series Complete Savages alongside Erik von Detten, Jason Dolley, Andrew Eiden and Shaun Sipos. That same year, the cast attended the Hollywood Christmas Parade together.

ABC's Winter Press Tour Party

Evan and Erik were also in attendance at ABC's Winter Press Tour Party in 2004.

CW/Showtime/CBS Television TCA Party

In July 2008, Evan attended the CW/Showtime/CBS Television TCA Party at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles.

CSI: Miami

From 2007 to 2010, Evan portrayed character Kyle Harmon on CSI:Miami.

Dynamic Duo

Evan appeared alongside actor David Caruso on the series.

My Sister's Keeper

In 2009, Evan starred in the film My Sister's Keeper alongside Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.

Movie Premiere

The cast posted together at the film's premiere in New York City on June 24, 2009.

Benefit Event 

That same month, Evan attended the Billabong Design for Humanity event at the Avalon in Hollywood.

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