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“Talladega Nights” Child Star Houston Tumlin Dead at 28


Houston Tumlin, former child actor in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby“, has died from suicide at 28-years-old. Tumlin is best known for his role in the movie as Will Ferrell’s son, Walker Bobby.

Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans confirmed Wednesday that Tumlin died in his Pelham, Alabama home around 4:30 PM Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Charity Robertson, Tumlin’s girlfriend, mourns the death of her beloved on Facebook. She posted several pictures of the two of them on Tuesday.

“I’ve never experienced a hurt like this before. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty. My heart is absolutely shattered,” she wrote. “My sweet, sweet baby.. Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter, & oh man could the list go on. I love your smart mouth, your ‘i’m always right’ attitude… your hugs, your kisses, your touch.. Just YOU!”

She ended the caption with: “One thing is for sure though, I have the absolute best guardian angel a girl could ever wish for cause everybody knows you don’t play about me. I love you so much Houston Lee & thank you for loving me so passionately and unapologetically for the time we had each other.”

According to TMZ, Robertson is said to have been in the Alabama home at the time of the incident. As of yet, no note has been found.

According to Alabama Media Group, “He graduated in 2011 from Victory Christian High School. These days, Houston is at Fort Campbell serving in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.”

In addition to Will Ferrell, Tumlin also starred alongside actors Amy Adams, Andy Richter, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Grayson Russell. Russel played Tumlin’s on-screen little brother, Texas Ranger Bobby, in the movie.

Tumlin shared a picture of himself with Russell back in February in an Instagram post. He captioned the photo, “@graysoncrussell tell me a set of “brothers” more handsome. I’ll wait.”

If you or a loved one is in need of help or is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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