The parents of late child star Tyler Sanders have spoken out after the cause of his death was revealed earlier this week.
The 18-year-old ‘s death was ruled as an accident in an autopsy report issued by Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner and obtained by TMZ six months after his death in June.
The report cited “fentanyl effects” as the primary cause and determining his death was an accident.
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Following the recent news, the 9-1-1: Lone Star actor’s parents have decided to speak about their son’s passing.
“Tyler was an ambitious, hard-working actor who was dealing with deep and persistent depression,” expressed David, Tyler’s father, to E! News.
“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.”
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The couple shared that they will use their son’s death as fuel to futher “the conversation around this pervasive issue.”
Sanders’ mother, Ginger, urged others to understand her son’s experience with mental health and substance abuse.
“I want others to understand that we are a family much like all other families who never thought this could happen to us,” she said.
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Although Tyler “had a strong support system and still could not overcome his persistent depression,” she added.
“Perhaps because of his depression, Tyler sought out deep connections and to bring those around him joy. 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,” said Ginger.
Sanders began acting at the age of 10, appearing in TV series such as Just Add Magic, 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Rookie. The talented young star received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2021 for his role as Leo in the Just Add Magic spin-off.
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He was found dead in his Los Angeles home in June 2022 after police responded to a call concerning a male who was found not breathing. Responding officers found Sanders alone and shortly after pronounced him dead.
Following his death, his agent, Pedro Tapia, issued a statement to Deadline in June, writing, “Tyler was a talented actor with a bright future. He comes from a wonderful family, and we ask that you respect their privacy at this time.”
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