My Sister’s Keeper star Evan Ellingson’s cause of death confirmed in sad update

Evan Ellingson was sadly found dead in his bedroom located in Fontana, California on Sunday, November 5.

The My Sister’s Keeper star was only 35, having his big break in the 2009 drama alongside Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s coroner has now confirmed the actor’s manner of death was an “accident”.

A spokesperson for the department has also confirmed to People that the actor died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.

Shortly after the news broke of his heartbreaking death, TMZ reported Evan had been living in a sober living facility and his death was being investigated as a “potential overdose” due to drug paraphernalia being discovered at the scene.

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His father also confirmed to the outlet at the time that his son had struggled with drugs in the past, but he was doing much better in recent years.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin.

It was created to treat cancer but is often taken for recreational use, as well as added to drugs like cocaine or heroin to increase their potency or make them more profitable.

America is facing a fentanyl epidemic, according to, which states less than 0.07 ounces of fentanyl causes certain deaths.

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They also claim the drug is the factor in a total of 53 percent of drug overdoses.

Other celebrities to fall victim to fentanyl include actor Angus Cloud, Prince, Austin Majors, Mac Miller, and Lil Peep to name a few.

Evan’s former co-star Abigail Breslin paid an emotional tribute to her pal on Instagram, remembering the “thoughtful person”.

Along with a throwback of the pair from My Sister’s Keeper, she penned: “Evan Ellingson was a kind, funny and extremely talented human being.

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“He played my big brother in a film I did called My Sister’s Keeper, Evan was a genuinely thoughtful person who cared so much about turning in the best performance, which he accomplished. “

“He was also silly, funny, a prankster, a lover of Red Bull (I hated the smell of Red Bull) and he was energetic and the life of the party.

“I didn’t keep in touch a lot with him after the film, but he always stayed in my mind as a wonderful and sweet soul, one I am grateful to have crossed paths with. My prayers and condolences are with his family at this difficult time.”

Evan’s older brother, Austin Ellingson, previously died of a drug overdose in 2008, according to IMDB.

The actor is survived by his daughter, Brooklynn, whom he welcomed that same year.

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