Six months after the young 9-1-1: Lone Star actor known as Tyler Sanders passed away, his parents are opening up.
As Mamas Uncut previously reported, Sanders died in his Los Angeles home on June 16. In his original statement, Sanders’ rep, Pedro Tapia, called Tyler “a talented actor with a bright future,” adding that he came from a “wonderful family.”
‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Star 18-Year-Old Tyler Sanders’ Tragic Cause of Death Revealed
Sanders often used his social media to share new projects he was working on with his fans. He recently shared a photo of himself and the rest of the crew of 911: Lone Star just before his passing.
“Had a great time working on 9-1-1 lone star! If you didn’t catch it live on Fox, episode 3.14 ‘impulse control’ is out on Hulu now,” Sanders wrote.
His Instagram proved he was close with his family, sharing a hilarious post about their white water rafting trip in Colorado. “Here’s a quick before and after of my family white water rafting,” he joked in the caption.
Sadly, in a new update, Sanders’ cause of death has been shared with the public as his parents opened up about their son’s sudden and tragic passing. According to E! News, Sanders died from the effects of fentanyl.
“Tyler was an ambitious, hard-working actor who was dealing with deep and persistent depression,” his father, David Sanders wrote in a statement released on December 29. “Although actively seeking treatment, Tyler struggled to find relief and chose to experiment with drugs. Tyler fell into drug use, not as a way to have fun socially, but rather as an attempt to overcome his profound mental health struggle.”
David continued to say that he and his wife will continue to share “Tyler’s story in hopes of furthering the conversation around this pervasive issue.” Tyler’s mother, Ginger, also shared a few words in the statement as well.
“Losing Tyler due to fentanyl poisoning has been incredibly difficult. I want others to understand that we are a family much like all other families who never thought this could happen to us. Tyler had a strong support system and still could not overcome his persistent depression. Perhaps because of his depression, Tyler sought out deep connections, and to bring those around him joy.”
Ginger continued to say that Tyler often fought his battle with depression quietly, like so many people do. “While Tyler quietly fought his inner battles, he was outwardly determined to make sure no one felt as he did. Tyler loved the Lord, loved people, and did his best every day. It is our sincere prayer that our story might save others.”
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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