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The Goldbergs Actor Jackson Odell Dead At 20

Actor, musician, and songwriter Jackson Odell, known for his recurring appearances on ABC series The Goldbergs, has been found dead at the age of 20, according to a report by TMZ.  

As an actor, Odell had been performing in the public eye since the young age of 11, making his debut with an uncredited performance on the ABC series Private Practice. The Colorado native landed his first major role just two years later with the feature film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, after which he appeared on the TV series iCarlyModern Family, and Arrested Development. 

As an actor, Odell is most known to audiences for his recurring role on The Goldbergs, where he played the popular student Ari Caldwell. 

In recent years, Odell's career had pivoted toward work as a singer-songwriter in the country music genre, with several of his compositions appearing on the soundtracks to the 2016 movie Great Plains and the 2018 release Forever My Girl. He also wrote music for the upcoming film Redemption.

As a musician, Odell published videos of his original songs and covers to his YouTube page, with his professional compositions being available to stream via his website.

At the time of this writing, the cause of Odell's death is still under investigation. The Los Angeles Times reported that Odell was found unresponsive on Friday, June 8 in a sober living facility where he resided in Tarzana, CA, and that no foul play is suspected in his death.

TMZ noted in its reporting that the performer had a history of heroin use, but that no drugs or paraphernalia were discovered at the scene where he was found.