According to the coroner’s office, a Brad Barron Renfro, with the same date of birth as the actor, died today. They have no cause of death yet; the investigation is pending. Renfro was 25 years old.
Renfro had been in frequent trouble with the law in recent years, including a December 2005 arrest in a heroin sting round up on LA’s skid row. Renfro was charged with a felony count of attempting to possess heroin.
Okay, YES he was allegedly a heroin addict, but he was also in every issue of Big Bopper magazine from 1995 until… well, until I stopped reading Big Bopper magazine (I’ve since moved on to Tiger Beat). To me, Brad will always be the irrepressible young man who dated Gaby Hoffman and got arrested for stealing a yacht before Rory Gilmore made it a petulant crime. So although Hollywood Reporter’s Young Star of 1995 has fallen, he will be fondly remembered by thousands of women who were once fangirls like me. RIP Huck Finn.