The bizarre death of Johnny Lewis, Sons of Anarchy actor, and former boyfriend of Katy Perry, shocked fans and the celebrity community. Struggling with mental illness and drug addiction, Lewis was on a downward spiral, when he killed his elderly landlady and her cat in a psychotic rage. Could the tragic death of Catherine Davis and Johnny Lewis have been avoided? Were there any warning signs before the Sons of Anarchy star snapped?
Only a week ago, Johnny Lewis was released from Los Angeles County Jail, according to court records. He had pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and attempted burglary in separate cases, documents show. Probation officers noted that Johnny Lewis a former Scientologist, suffered from mental illness and drug addiction, the question everyone is asking why wasn’t he sent to a mental hospital for observation. Also, was land lady, Catherine Davis, aware of his illness?
His lawyer Jonathan Mandel, who represented Lewis in the criminal cases, said drugs may have been a factor in the actor’s final hours. “He probably had gotten into marijuana or some medication and that caused him to snap,” Mandel said. “If you take certain drugs it triggers that psychosis. A lot of people don’t come back.”
In a post on his WhoSay blog, Kurt Sutter the creator of Sons of Anarchy wrote, “Not sure if folks know this yet, but Johnny Lewis (halfsack) died last night… it was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way.
“I wish i could say that i was shocked by the events last night, but i was not. i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. Yes, it’s (a) day (of) mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”
A number of other celebrities have also paid respect to the tragic 30 year old, who briefly dated singer Katy Perry – her pal, actress Shannon Woodward, wrote, “Johnny Lewis, I love you deeply and madly and always. My heart is broken in a million little pieces. I will miss you every day… (He) was one of my best friends. He was very, very ill. His actions were a despicable result of that. It was not who he was.”
Born under the sign of Scorpio, Johnny Lewis, would have turned 29 on October 29th. A tragic ending not only for Lewis but his lovely landlady, Catherine Davis, who over the years opened her heart and home to many actors and writers. Astrochicks thoughts and prayers go out to both familes. Johnny Lewis’s funeral is expected to be later this week. RIP!