“Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter: “Lewis was on destructive path”
Kurt Sutter — the creator of the TV series “Sons of Anarchy” and also plays the role of “BIg Otto” Delaney on the show — claims that actor Johnny Lewis had long been on a “destructive path.”
According to reports, 46-year-old Kurt Sutter responded to the sudden death of actor Johnny Lewis, who also stars in “Sons of Anarchy” as Kip “Half Sack” Epps.
In a post on his Twitter account early Thursday morning, Kurt Sutter wrote: “not sure if folks know this yet, but johnny lewis (halfsack) died last night. the sad irony of it happening two days after opie’s death is not lost on me. 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.”
Kurt Sutter then concluded, “i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. yes, it’s day or mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”
Kurt Sutter, who worked as a producer, writer and director on “The Shield,” also appeared on the show as hitman Margos Dezerian. He is known as the creator of “Sons of Anarchy” on FX and also writes, produces, directs and performs for the series — playing the incarcerated club member “Otto” Delaney. Kurt Sutter spent time with members of an outlaw club in Northern California as research for “Sons of Anarchy.” His wife, actress Katey Sagal, is also one of the show’s lead characters.
Previous reports have stated that the authorities have already launched an investigation to determine whether 28-year-old actor Johnny Lewis was under the influence of the synthetic drug, Smiles, after he went on a rampage. The actor allegedly beat his 81-year-old landlady to death, then fought two men before he fell to his death from a roof or balcony. Other details surrounding the incident are still unclear as of press time.
In the FX drama “Sons of Anarchy,” Johnny Lewis played a hopeful trying to join the outlaw motorcycle club. His character was killed off at the end of the second season.
Lewis also appeared in “Boston Public” and “The O.C.”