LOS ANGELES -- An actor whose character died violently on the TV drama "Sons of Anarchy" apparently killed his 81-year-old landlady, attacked neighbors and then plunged to his death in a driveway, police said yesterday.
Authorities found them dead Wednesday after neighbors reported a woman screaming inside a home in the Los Feliz neighborhood, Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. The home was ransacked, glass was shattered, and a dead cat was found.
Neighbors said a man had jumped a fence and assaulted a painter and homeowner next door. The body of Lewis, 28, was found in the driveway. He could have jumped or fallen from the roof, garage or balcony, or tumbled down stairs from a patio area, Smith said.
Investigators were checking whether Lewis was on drugs or had mental health issues.
Lewis' career spanned more than a decade, mainly in small roles. He played Ricky in the 2007 movie "AVPR: Aliens vs Predator -- Requiem" and was Dennis "Chili" Childress for two seasons on TV's "The O.C." He was on "Sons of Anarchy" in 2008 and 2009 before his character was killed.
Lewis was released from Los Angeles County Jail a week ago, according to court records. He pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and attempted burglary in separate cases this year.
Kurt Sutter, the show's creator and executive producer, tweeted: "It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path."