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NYPD Blue actor Austin Majors dies at 27 after ‘possibibly ingesting fentanyl

Beloved child star Austin Majors, who captivated fans with his performance in NYPD Blues and NCIS, has died at age 27.

Majors died on Saturday night while staying in a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.

Austin Majors

The 27-year-old is believed to have ingested a fatal amount of fentanyl, sources told TMZ.

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Austin Majors’ family issued a statement on his death, telling the outlet the actor “was a loving, artistic, brilliant, and kind human being.

“Austin Majors took great joy and pride in his acting career. He was an active Eagle Scout and graduated Salutatorian in High School.

“He went on to graduate from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a passion of directing and music producing.”

The family continued: “Austin’s younger sister, Kali, says her fondest memories with Austin were growing up on set with him, volunteering at events with ‘Kids With a Cause,’ and backpacking together.

“Austin Majors was the kind of son, brother, grandson, and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever.”

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Kali shared a tribute to her brother on Instagram, with personal photos from their childhood.

“My big brother, Austin, is gone. He died last night,” read the heartbreaking post.

“It’s so surreal to me still. He was only 27 with so much life left to live. I’ve told some of you already but if you’re interested in his services please reach out.”

An autopsy has yet to be completed to determine an official cause of death.

Dating back to 1997, when he got his star in the film Nevada, Majors has appeared in nearly two dozen TV shows and movies, including American Dad!, NCIS, According to Jim, and Threshold, among others.

However, fans best remember Majors as Theo Sipowicz on NYPD Blues.

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For seven seasons, Majors’ character was the son of the show’s main character, Andy Sipowicz, played by actor Dennis Franz.

Franz previously described Majors as a “joy to work with,” saying: “The fun of working with him is capturing those special moments, things that he would do spontaneously became some of our best material.”

“He never has lost his enthusiasm to be on the set. He just loves coming to work,” Fran added, according to Majors’ website.

Majors was the recipient of the 2022 Young Artists Award for his performance as Theo Sipowicz in NYPD Blue.

He was nominated for the same award in 2003 and 2004.

His work on Treasure Planet earned him another nomination for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role.

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