Austin Majors, who was one of the most recognized child actors in Hollywood during the 2000s for his role in the hit series NYPD Blue, died last February. The actor was not having the best time of his life, as he was living in a homeless shelter in Los Angeles.
On the night of February 11, the emergency services responded to a call received from the facility's security facility, who after not receiving a response from the actor when they went to check that he was okay, decided to alert the police. There his lifeless body was found. Months later, the worst suspicions are confirmed: the performer died from a fentanyl overdose.
According to the TMZ portal, the tragic overdose occurred when the actor was in a temporary residence while trying to straighten out and get his life back on track. However, the autopsy and the police report reveal that the performer would not have been able to overcome his drug addiction, with authorities finding paraphernalia related to drug use and several glasses for drinking alcohol at the scene of his death.
The results of the autopsy, which were shared with the public a month ago, revealed that the actor had died of an overdose of fentanyl, one of the most dangerous drugs that is causing the most deaths in recent times.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate similar to morphine - although somewhat more powerful - developed more than half a century ago, began to be used for surgical purposes, but has taken the leap to the streets, causing a public health crisis in countries such as the United States. Joined. Currently, it is illegally sold in pills, powder and liquid form in droppers.
The drug is distributed directly through the bloodstream and reaches the central nervous system to block pain receptors, causing a feeling of well-being and euphoria. In case of overdose - which is mostly found when it is sold on the streets, as it is combined with other drugs - it is lethal, causing drowsiness, respiratory depression, cardiac arrest and, finally, death.
At the time, the actor's family released a statement lamenting his death and praising his kind character, despite having been separated for years due to his drug addiction. His family wanted to highlight his creativity and his love for his career.
"He was a loving, artistic, brilliant and kind human being. Austin felt very happy and proud of his career as an actor," they said, highlighting his passion for the performing arts, in addition to musical direction and production, far from the image. that he could give in his last days.