Jackson Odell Dies; The Goldbergs Actor Was 20

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Jackson Odell, a former teen actor and songwriter, was tragically found dead on Friday at a sober living facility in the San Fernando Valley.

He was 20 years old.

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Odell is likely best known to television fans for his recurring role on television’s The Goldbergs, on which he portrayed student Ari.

Along with this role on the ABC sitcom, Odell also appeared on Nickelodeon’s iCarly and made an appearance on Modern Family.

His big screen career included the 2011 children’s film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

According to TMZ, the outlet that broke this unfortunate piece of news, Odell was discovered unresponsive in the aforementioned sober living home; there were no signs of foul play.

A successful singer and songwriter, Odell had been involved in acting since the age of 12.

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Most recently, the 20-year old had transitioned from acting into the music world, having written numerous songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 movie Forever Your Girl, including the Lauren Alaina hit, "Wings of an Angel."

On iCarly, though, he played a character named Gumbo in a single episode.

Jackson was also known, as mentioned above, for playing Ted Durkas on Modern Family.

The character was Manny's romantic rival and bully, attempting in vain to win Fiona's affection and humiliate Manny on an installment of this wildly popular program.

Prior to becoming Ari for eight episodes on The Goldbergs, Jackson had brief stints on Arrested Development and The Fosters.

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In the wake of this horrible development, Odell's fans and co-workers took to social media to mourn his untimely loss, sharing their thoughts and condolences on Twitter and Instagram.

Wrote entertainment reporter Rachael Ellenbogen, for instance:

"No!! Jackson Odell was so insanely talented.

"Not just for random shows & movies, but for his music. Followed him on YT for yrs & made sure to include him in an article I did at my 1st internship yrs ago.

"Then went to see #ForeverMyGirl opening night to support his songwriting."

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Odell's death caps a troubling and depressing week in Hollywood.

First, Kate Spade was found dead of suicide in her Manhattan apartment. The designer was only 55 years old.

Then, Anthony Bourdain was found dead of suicide in a French hotel. The celebrity chef and TV star was 61 years old.

May they, Jackson Odell and all the celebrities listed below all rest in peace.

UPDATE: The young actor's family has confirmed his death via the following statement:

The Odell family has lost our beloved son and brother, Jackson Odell, on Friday. 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

We are now going to try to make sense of our immeasurable loss privately.

We will not be making anymore statements.

Ariel Winter in a Lovely Black Dress

And Modern Family actress Ariel Winter has said this as well:

Devastated to hear about the passing of Jackson Odell.

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

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