Sons of Anarchy Actor Dies in Bizarre Ending

Johnny Lewis killed landlady, 81, then fell to death: Cops

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 27, 2012 9:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Johnny Lewis, who starred in Sons of Anarchy for two seasons, was found dead yesterday after allegedly murdering an 81-year-old woman and beating two men. Lewis, who also appeared in The OC and dated Katy Perry in 2006, was found in the driveway of a Los Angeles home where the female owner—from whom Lewis rented a room—was found beaten to death inside, TMZ reports. (The Los Angeles Times reports that owner Catherine Davis was found dead in the driveway; KABC says she was inside—where a cat was also found dead—but puts her age at 82.) Law enforcement sources believe Lewis, who was "phenomenally strong" during the incident, was on PCP or meth.

Neighbors heard the woman's screams, then saw Lewis allegedly attack two men outside with a block of wood, then climb onto the roof and fall to his death, according to TMZ; KABC says he either jumped or fell from a roof or balcony. The AP reports that Lewis was climbing walls, not the roof, and fighting with a painter at one of the neighboring houses as well as the owner of that house. He had allegedly tried to break in, and had to be held back by three people. His body was found about six feet from a wall he was apparently attempting to scale. Lewis had just been released from jail six days prior to his death and had also recently been in rehab, TMZ notes; he also had a few criminal cases filed against him.

This Sept. 14, 2011 file photo shows actor Johnny Lewis posing for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
This Sept. 14, 2011 file photo shows actor Johnny Lewis posing for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.   (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)
This Sept. 14, 2011 file photo shows actor Johnny Lewis posing for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
This Sept. 14, 2011 file photo shows actor Johnny Lewis posing for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.   (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)
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