Former Child Star Adam Rich’s Cause of Deἀth Finally Revealed

We now know more about Adam Rich’s last moments.

The actor from Eight Is Enough passed away in January at 54 from an unintentional fentanyl overd0se, according to the autopsy report from the L.A. County Medical Examiner that TMZ was able to get.

Rich also had non-toxic levels of alcohol and the anxiety medication lorazepam in his system at the time of his deth, even though the opioid was the official cause of deth.

Law enforcement sources who spoke to the site in January found him ded in his residence in the Los Angeles region.

Child Star Adam Rich's Cause of Death

Danny Deraney, Rich’s agent, confirmed the star’s demise to E! News, adding that the lorazepam was a prescription medication and that the actor had not used narcotics “for quite some time.”

“If there is any silver lining, it’s that our suspicions were correct that it was an accidental overdose from fentanyl and not recreational drugs,” Deraney said E! News. “We hope this closes the chapter on any suspicions people had and now the family can have some privacy as we move forward.”

Rich, born in Brooklyn, New York, received his first acting part when he was around 8 years old in a 1976 episode of The Six Million Dollar Man.

He made his television debut on Eight Is Enough the following year, and from that point until the show’s cancellation in 1981, he played the show’s most well-known character—Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son, who popularized the “pageboy” haircut.

“Adam was simply a wonderful guy,” Deraney wrote on Twitter after his deth. “He was kind, generous and a warrior in the fight against mental illness. Adam did not have an ounce of ego. He was unselfish and always looked out for those he cared about. Which is why many people who grew up with him feel a part of their childhood gone, and sad today.”

The representative said, “He really was America’s Little Brother.”

Onscreen, at least, he was her stepson to actress Betty Buckley.

“Adam Rich was a light and my young pal for the four seasons I was blessed to work with him on ‘Eight Is Enough,'” In January, the 75-year-old actress who portrayed Abby Bradford in the series posted on Instagram. “I adored him and loved working with him in our scenes together on the show. He was so sweet, funny, fresh and natural. He brought a lot of joy to all of us on the show and to our audiences.”

The reason Buckley had kept in touch with Rich all these years, she explained, was because “His love and support have always meant a lot to me. I am shocked by the news… recent years Adam dedicated himself to providing inspiration for others with mental and emotional illness. I will miss him greatly.”


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In the 1980s, the former child star also contributed to the TV shows Dungeons & Dragons, Code Red, and CBS Children’s Mystery Theatre.

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However, according to the Associated Press, Rich battled substance abuse and received drug treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, in 1988 and 1991. In 2021, Rich identified himself as a sober drug user and claimed to suffer from “treatment resistant depression.”

“Both mental illnesses,” he tweeted. “Both kind of a bitch without the negativity. Let’s PLEASE finally put an end to the stigmas associated with these diseases!!!”

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