NYPD Blue actor Austin Majors found dead at homeless shelter aged 27

Austin Majors, a former child actor best known for his role on NYPD Blue, has died, according to the Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s office. He was 27.

Majors, whose full name was Austin Setmajer-Raglin, died on February 11 after he was found dead at a homeless shelter in LA, where he was reportedly staying before his death.

The cause of death is still under investigation, according to medical examiner records.

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In a statement sent to CNN, his family called Majors “an artistic, brilliant, and kind human being”.

“Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career. From the time he was little, he never knew a stranger and his goal in life was to make people happy,” the statement said.

“Austin’s younger sister, Kali, says her fondest memories with Austin were growing up on set with him, volunteering at events with ‘Kids With a Cause’, and backpacking together. Austin was the kind of son, brother, grandson, and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever.”

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The former child actor’s breakout role came in 1999 when he starred as Theo Sipowicz, son of Detective Andy Sipowicz (played Dennis Franz), on the detective drama NYPD Blue. Majors appeared in 48 episodes from 1999 to 2004.

Majors went on to appear in various television shows throughout the noughties, including appearances on ER and a two-episode arc on the Hercules miniseries as the voice of Hyllus in 2005. 

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Other shows Majors appeared on include According to Jim and Desperate Housewives through 2007.

The last professional credit was a guest-starring role on How I Met Your Mother in 2009, where he played a 12-year-old version of Barney Stinson’s (Neil Patrick Harris) former primary school nemesis, Matthew Panning (Steven Montfort).

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Majors, who “loved camping and fishing”, graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and had a passion for directing and music producing, his family’s statement added.

“Austin was the kind of son, brother, grandson, and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever,” the statement said.

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