Rising actor Tyler Sanders, who received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Just Add Magic and starred in The Rookie, Fear the Walking Dead, and 9-1-1 Lone Star, was found dead inside his Los Angeles home on June 16. According to reports, some of his friends decided to call the police and ask them to check on Sanders after they hadn’t heard from him all morning and that’s when police officers found the child actor’s lifeless body.
The news of Sanders’ passing were confirmed by his agent Pedro Tapia at the time. Through a statement, Tapia expressed his sadness over the tragic incident.
Rumors were that young Sanders started using drugs, something his parents later confirmed. They claimed he turned substance abuse in order to fight depression.
Now, six months after Sanders died, the cause of death has finally been revealed.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Sanders died of “fentanyl effects,” and his death was ruled accidental.
His parents opened up about their son’s sudden and tragic passing.
“I want others to understand that we are a family much like all other families who never thought this could happen to us,” Tyler’s mother, Ginger Sanders, said in a release obtained by Fox News Digital. “Tyler had a strong support system and still could not overcome his persistent depression. Perhaps because of his depression, Tyler sought out deep connections and to bring those around him joy.”
“Tyler was an ambitious, hard-working actor who was dealing with deep and persistent depression,” his father, David Sanders wrote in a statement released on December 29. “Although actively seeking treatment, Tyler struggled to find relief and chose to experiment with drugs. Tyler fell into drug use, not as a way to have fun socially, but rather as an attempt to overcome his profound mental health struggle.”
The devastated parents further said that they want their son’s story spread in hopes of hoping others who are battling depression quietly, without sharing their struggles with their loved ones.
“While Tyler quietly fought his inner battles, he was outwardly determined to make sure no one felt as he did. Tyler loved the Lord, loved people, and did his best every day. It is our sincere prayer that our story might save others.”
Sanders’ Instagram was filled with photos of himself and those he loved, such as a white water rafting trip, a day at Coachella, skydiving and his fitness journey. His last Instagram post showed photos of him wearing suit captioned “Styling.”
We are so very sorry for Tyler Sanders’ tragic passing, may he rest in peace.
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