The Goldbergs and Modern Family actor Jackson Odell just passed away at the age of 20.
An autopsy has not been performed, but it will be in order to understand Jackson’s cause of death, LA County Medical Examiner's Office told CNN.
The talented young actor and musician was found unresponsive in his Tarzana, California residence on Friday, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed. Odell played Ari Caldwell on the TV sitcom The Goldbergs from 2013 to 2015, and Ted Durkas on two episodes of Modern Family, while also guest starring on Private Practice, Arrested Development, and iCarly. Aside from his acting chops, the young performer also had a great connection to music, contributing several original songs to the 2018 movie Forever My Girl.
Jackson’s family announced his death on his Twitter page. “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well,” the statement read. The Odell family also wanted to have privacy.
Actress Ariel Winter took to social media to reminisce about the time she and Jackson shared on Modern Family. She wrote that she was “devastated to hear about the passing of Jackson Odell.” She continued: “I knew Jackson since we were 12 years old, and he even appeared in an episode of Modern Family. We didn’t talk much as we entered our high school years, but I’m glad I got to spend time with him before his end. Very hard for me to hear about anyone passing away, but someone so young really saddens me. Sending love to his family and friends.”
Jackson’s co-star on The Goldbergs, Charlie DePew, also took to Twitter to mourn this loss. He mentioned that Jackson was "a true talent” and that he was very glad that they got to know each other.