Sons of Anarchy Star Johnny Lewis Found Dead, Suspected of Killing Elderly Woman

Actor reportedly fell or jumped to his death off a roof after allegedly having a fatal altercation with a homeowner in Los Angeles

By Peter Gicas Sep 27, 2012 2:34 PMTags
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Johnny Lewis, an actor who most notably appeared on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles after he either fell or jumped off a roof to his death at a home where an 81-year-old woman was found dead inside.

Authorities say 28-year-old Lewis is suspected of killing the woman, who owned the house. He may have been renting a room from the homeowner, identified as Catherine Davis by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. [UPDATE 3:45 P.M. PT: The LAPD and coroner have announced that Davis died of "blunt-force trauma and manual strangulation."]

Officers had been sent to the residence after receiving reports of a woman screaming.

According to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, Lewis was seen fighting with neighbors outside following the alleged altercation with Davis. He was then spotted climbing up on the roof  and was later found dead in the driveway.

What's more, sources tell E! News that a dead cat was also found inside the home, beaten to death.

In addition to Sons of Anarchy, Lewis appeared on such programs as The O.C., Boston Public and Criminal Minds as well as the feature film The Runaways with Kristen Stewart. He also once dated Katy Perry.