Justin Mentell, Boston Legal Star, Dies in Car Crash

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Actor Justin Mentell, perhaps best known for his starring role on Boston Legal, died in a car accident in rural Waukegan, Illinois yesterday morning.

He was just 27 years old.

Mentell passed away when his Jeep swerved off a steep embankment and hit two trees at about 8:30 a.m. The actor was not wearing a seatbelt.

Justin Mentell portrayed lawyer Garrett Wells on Boston Legal from 2005-2006; more recently, he appeared as Terrell in the 2009 film G-Force.

R.I.P. Justin Mentell (1982-2010).

Born in Austin, Tex., Mentell was also an accomplished athlete who was a former member of the U.S. Junior National Speedskating team.

Our condolences go out to his loved ones.

Sad news like this tends to happen in bunches. Mentell's death follows the passing of former NFL star Jay Novacek's wife LeAnne and news of Phil Harris of Deadliest Catch falling into a coma after a stroke. We'll be hoping for Phil's recovery.