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'Sons of Anarchy' actor fell to his death, coroner says

November 30, 2012 |  9:55 am

"Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis did not intend to kill himself when he jumped from the second floor of his Los Feliz home after allegedly killing his 81-year-old landlady, according to a report by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Lewis, 28, died of traumatic injuries after falling about 15 feet from a terrace of the two-story home during the Sept. 26 incident, the coroner's report said.

Police believe that Lewis killed Catherine Davis and then attempted to flee.

Lewis "jumped over a wrought iron railing at the top of the terrace to a driveway below during his attempt to flee the location," said the coroner's report, which was released Thursday night.

He then hit something on the way down, causing his head to hit the concrete driveway, the report said. 

DOCUMENT: Johnny Lewis coroner's report

The report also found that Lewis, who was suspected to have been under the influence of drugs in the incident, had no drugs in his system at the time of his death.

Lewis, who played Kip "Half Sack" Epps for two seasons on the motorcycle-gang drama, had been battling drug abuse problems and suffering from mental health issues, according to court records and people who knew him.

He had been released from Los Angeles County Jail five days before police said he fatally bludgeoned Davis and attacked a painter at the home in Los Feliz.

Authorities said Lewis had been arrested three times earlier in the year, incidents in which he been charged with battering victims and breaking into a home. 

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-- Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx), Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno) and Wesley Lowery (twitter.com/wesleylowery

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