On Saturday, January 7, 2023, Adam Rich, best known for his role as Nicholas Bradford in the 1970s sitcom Eight Is Enough, passed away at the age of 54.

Rich died in his Brentwood home, according to the coroner’s office of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner. Although the reason of death was not made public, there is no evidence of wrongdoing.

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Rich, a former child television star, most certainly overdosed to death, at least based on the evidence uncovered by the investigators. 

According to law enforcement sources with firsthand information, TMZ was notified that Adam’s apartment building manager in the Los Angeles region discovered his body on Saturday while doing a welfare check because no one had heard from the actor since January 5. He was discovered in the bathroom.

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According to TMZ’s sources, a white powdery substance was discovered on the site, which police suspect to be drugs. This leads them to believe that Adam had already been dead for some time at that moment. On the basis of that and Adam’s prior drug-related issues, detectives are considering this to be a potential overdose.

Although this is the current theory of law enforcement, an official cause of death won’t be known until they receive the findings of the autopsy and toxicology tests.

As stated earlier, foul play is still not being considered as a cause of death.

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After his passing, the actor’s publicist, Danny Deraney, tweeted a statement, calling him “a warrior in the fight for mental illness” and “America’s little brother.”

Rich struggled with serious depression his entire life and drug misuse in his 20s, running into legal issues along the way. Even though he became more sober as he aged, he sought a number of medical treatments to address his mental health problems.