Johnny Lewis has been found dead outside a Los Angeles home along with an elderly woman, police reports.
Officers received a report of a crying woman came upon Lewis’ body on the driveway, while the body of the old lady Catherine Chabot Davis and her cat were found beaten to death inside the house.
“He appeared to have died from some type of fall, either from the stairway, or from the balcony, or from one of the roofs,” LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told reporters.
“The best we’re piecing together now is that it appears that some type of altercation occurred inside of the house resulting in the death of the woman. Then this individual ran outside, had an altercation with a couple of neighbors, ran back into the house and by the time we got here, he had fallen or had somehow died on the driveway,” added Smith.
Neighbors called police after hearing a woman screaming and seeing Lewis attack two men armed with a piece of wood out the front of Davis’ property, where the actor allegedly rented a room.
The other victims were badly hurt in the result of the tussle which began when the actor tried to break into the neighbour’s home, The Daily Mail writes.
One of the victims revealed that Lewis showed ‘super-human strength’ and was ‘phenomenally strong.’ In an interview, the neighbour said the star was hardly deterred by the blows he took, that it was like ‘hitting him with a fly swatter.’
Lewis, who dated Katy Perry a few years ago and regularly accompanied her on the red, then apparently climbed onto the roof. It is unclear whether Lewis jumped or accidentally fell to his death.
Police believe that the ‘The O.C.’ actor had previously taken either PCP or meth before the incident. However, there’s another version which suggests he may have been on ‘smiles,’ a new designer drug officially known as C2-I.
It will become clear after a drug test on Lewis’ body will be completed and full toxicology results could take weeks.
“There was obviously something wrong with him. What that was exactly is not known to us at this time,” Los Angeles Police Officer Richard French said.
According to reports, police officers are not looking for any other suspects and they still have no idea what the motive for the murder was.
“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,” Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wrote on his website. “I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path.”
A source close to Lewis, however, was surprised by the tragic events.
“I’m shocked by this; he was always pretty quiet. The only times I saw him angry is with regards to his character on the show,” the source told PEOPLE. “I know at the end he got really annoyed with the story line. He felt like his character was becoming a weekly joke and he didn’t like it.”