Sons of Anarchy is one of those shows that’s critically acclaimed, wonderfully written, and I never watch it because I don’t have cable and international copyright law prevents me from streaming it on HULU, so I have to wait a year for it to come out on DVD, and by then everything is spoiled and yadda yadda yadda Americans have all the good TV.
Anyway, Johnny Lewis, who played Half-Sack on the show and dated Katy Perry a few years ago, died yesterday. Which, on its own, is pretty sad, but it gets way worse: Turns out, Lewis allegedly murdered his 81-year-old former landlady, got high on some bad drugs, got into a fight with two men wherein he attacked them with a 2×4, then fell off a building and died. Yeah. Just let TMZ explain this one …
Sources tell us … after allegedly killing the 81-year-old woman, Johnny had fought with two men for 3 to 4 minutes … hurting at least one of them. We’re told Johnny initially used a 2×4 to attack the men … and then used his bare hands. Law enforcement sources say the men he fought with say Johnny showed “super-human strength” and was “phenomenally strong.” […] Neighbors who knew Johnny say he was a “nice guy.” “Sure, he had crazy addict strength, and quite possibly killed an old lady, but other than that? Super nice guy.”
Anyway, in related news, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter posted a message about this on WhoSay, which really doesn’t do much to dispel the story of what happened:
not sure if folks know this yet, but johnny lewis (halfsack) died last night. the sad irony of it happening two days after opie’s death is not lost on me. 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. yes, it’s day or mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.
Sooooooo … yeah. What the hell? I guess the moral of the story is NEVER DO DRUGS KIDS. Seriously, no one who has ever taken hardcore drugs for prolonged periods of time has come down and gone “Yeah, the total loss of tooth retention was well-worth it.”