Troubled oil heir Jason Davis’ death is allegedly being investigated as a possible heroin overdose.
The 35-year-old, who voiced the character of Michael ‘Mikey’ Blumberg on the Disney animated series Recess, was found unresponsive in the bathroom at his Los Angeles home on Sunday morning, TMZ reported.
Law enforcement sources told the outlet that items consistent with heroin or opioid use, including burnt tin foil and other paraphernalia, were found near Jason.
The official cause of death has not yet been determined as an autopsy and toxicology analysis are pending.
Davis publicly battled addiction to heroin, OxyContin and Xanax years ago, having appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010.
He recently co-founded Cure Addiction Now, an organization which helps fund research to stop the cycle of substance abuse.
Troubled oil heir Jason Davis died at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday. The 35-year-old’s death is reportedly being investigated as a possible heroin overdose. Davis is pictured in May 2019 at the 26th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles
Davis is best known for voicing the character of ‘gentle giant’ Michael ‘Mikey’ Blumberg (pictured) on the Disney animated series Recess from 1997 until 2001
Davis was arrested and charged with heroin possession in Newport Beach, California in January 2011, about a year after his stint on Celebrity Rehab.
Those charges were eventually dropped after Davis completed a drug diversion program.
He appeared on a reunion episode of Celebrity Rehab, which appeared to have filmed before his arrest but days later, and revealed that he was 90 days sober.
Davis talked about how he had relapsed twice before moving to Newport Beach to start ‘a new life’.
‘I finally got it this time,’ he told Dr. Drew. ‘I’m done fighting. All I’ve done my whole life is fight.
‘It was more or less time to actually take this opportunity to say: “I get it. I’ve now devoted my entire life to sobriety.”‘
When Dr. Drew brought up the impact addiction had on his loved ones, Davis said: ‘I scare everyone. Because I do scary things when I’m high.’
Davis publicly battled addiction to heroin, OxyContin and Xanax years ago, having appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010
Davis was arrested for heroin possession in January 2011. He appeared on a Celebrity Rehab reunion episode (pictured) that aired days after his arrest and announced that he’d gotten clean after relapsing twice
Davis’ own struggles inspired him to found Cure Addiction Now in 2018.
Insiders say he was heavily involved in running the charity before his death.
Davis, nicknamed ‘Gummi Bear’ by his fans, is best known for voicing the character of ‘gentle giant’ Mikey in Recess from its series premiere in August 1997 until its conclusion in November 2001, as well as in films based on the Disney series.
Davis’ mother Nancy Davis Rickel, confirmed his death in a statement on Sunday
His other acting credits include bit parts on Roseanne and 7th Heaven and the films Rush Hour and Beverly Hills Ninja.
At the time of his death Davis was working on a TV show titled The Two Jasons.
The actor’s mother, Nancy Davis Rickel, confirmed his death on Sunday.
‘I am so heartbroken to share the saddest news of my life that my son Jason Davis passed away this morning in Los Angeles. Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life,’ Rickel said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘He was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him. He loved his friends and his family above all else.
‘We ask for privacy as we take time to grieve this most devastating loss.’
Davis was the grandson of late industrialist and studio chief Marvin Davis and philanthropist Barbara Davis.
Davis was the grandson of late industrialist and studio chief Marvin Davis and philanthropist Barbara Davis (pictured together in 2002)
Davis is pictured with his grandmother Barbara and mom Nancy in March 2006 in Beverly Hills
Davis’s brother Brandon Davis (pictured together in December 2005) famously hung out with Paris Hilton and made a derogatory remark about Lindsay Lohan – branding her a ‘fire crotch’ – while leaving the Hyde Nightclub on Sunset Boulevard back in 2006
Marvin Davis, who made his fortune as chair of Davis Petroleum, bought 20th Century Fox in 1981 and sold it four years later to Rupert Murdoch for a profit reported to be more than $300million.
The tycoon also owned the Beverly Hills Hotel and world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterrey, California around the same time.
Martin Davis passed away at the age of 79 in 2004, leaving behind an estimated fortune of $5.8billion that was hotly disputed by his family.
Barbara Davis has dedicated her life to diabetes research, having founded the Carousel of Hope Ball in 1978.
Davis is also the brother of Brandon Davis, who famously hung out with Paris Hilton and made a derogatory remark about Lindsay Lohan (branding her a ‘fire crotch’) while leaving the Hyde Nightclub on Sunset Boulevard back in 2006.
Their parents are Nancy Davis Rickel, the eldest daughter of Martin Davis, and wine grower Nebil Zerif.
Davis is survived by brothers Brandon Davis and Alexander Davis and two half-sisters, Isabella and Mariella Rickel from his mother’s second marriage to Ken Rickel.