Adam Rich, who rose to fame as a child in ’70s sitcom Eight is Enough, has died at the age of 54.
The actor died on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles, a family member has confirmed to TMZ but the cause of death has not been revealed.
A separate source from law enforcement also told TMZ police were called out to Rich’s residence after the actor was found lifeless by an unidentified person.
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Rich played Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son on Eight Is Enough, which ran from 1977-1981.
Rich’s manager Danny Deraney took to Instagram to confirm the death and mourn “America’s little brother”.
Fellow former child star Erin Murphy, who played young Tabitha Stephens in Bewitched, paid tribute to Rich on Twitter following the news of his death.
“How can this be true?! RIP sweet Adam Rich,” she wrote, alongside then-and-now photos of several former child stars of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.
Following his stint on Eight is Enough, Rich appeared in Code Red and Dungeons and Dragons during the early ’80s.
The child star also clinched number 73 on VH1’s list of the 100 greatest kid stars.
However, by the late 1980s Rich had decided to retreat from his brewing fame, claiming he did not like the glare of the spotlight nor anything celebrity-related.
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By the 1990s, Rich had developed substance abuse issues, which peaked when the actor smashed a pharmacy window to obtain drugs.
The actor was bailed out by Dick Van Patten, his TV dad in Eight Is Enough.
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