( dpa ) - Actor Brad Renfro, who had a history of addiction and criminal troubles, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Tuesday at the age of 25.
The Los Angeles Times reported that there were no signs of foul play and that police were looking into a drug overdose as the cause of death.
"Brad was a really gifted young man," Renfro's former attorney Blair Berk said, according to the Times. "It is a tragedy all the way around."
Born in Tennessee, Renfro was a child star whose landed his first big part in the movie The Client at the age of 10. His later films included Deuces Wild, American Girl, Ghost World and the Adrien Brody military flick The Jacket.
But he was most often in the headlines for other reasons.
In 1998 he was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana but avoided jail time. He was later charged with trying to steal a yacht in Florida and was arrested again in December 2005 when he attempted to buy heroin from an undercover officer. After his arrest, he entered rehab. In May 2006, Renfro served 10 days in jail in connection with the 2005 charges.