LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The death of ‘Eight Is Enough’ star Adam Rich is likely the result of an overdose, according to evidence investigators found at the scene. The shocking news comes just four days after the former child actor, aged 54, was found dead in the bathroom of his Los Angeles apartment on Saturday January 7, 2023.
According to law enforcement sources TMZ, the manager of Rich’s apartment building found the actor’s body in his bathroom during a social check after no one had heard from him since Thursday, January 5. Officers also announced that they had discovered a “white powdery substance” to be drugs at the scene, while also confirming that his deceased body had lain there for hours before it was found. At the time of writing, no official toxicology and autopsy report has been released. Therefore, there is no complete evidence to support the law enforcement theory. In addition, no third-party fault was suspected in the early death of the 54-year-old.
The Adam Rich Trials: The “Eight Is Enough” star battled demons until his tragic death at the age of 54
In 1991, Rich was arrested after allegedly breaking into a pharmacy window to steal drugs, TV Line reported. He was later saved by actor Dick Van Patten, who played his father Tom Bradford in Eight is Enough. After his arrest in 2002 after a collision with a police car, Rich checked himself into rehab. However, during his 2002 arrest on DUI charges, the famous actor claimed he was sober. “I’ve been sober for 10 years,” he told CBS News at the time.
Just a month before his death, Rich indicated he was struggling with his drug addiction. “The only thing the mentally ill can do is pretend everything is fine,” Rich tweeted in mid-December. “Enough! The stigma kills people. Be yourself. Ok or not ok is the only way to make change and trample the stigma! Heal your truth!”