Jason Davis, the grandson of billionaire petroleum mogul and former 20th Century Fox owner, Marvin Davis, died Sunday at 35. The cause of death is unknown.
“I am so heartbroken to share the saddest news of my life that my son Jason Davis passed away this morning in Los Angeles,” his mother, Nancy Davis Rickel said in a statement. “Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life. He was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him. He loved his friends and his family above all else. We ask for privacy as we take time to grieve this most devastating loss.”
As a child actor, Davis had parts on TV Roseanne and 7th Heaven and in movies Beverly Hills Ninja andRush Hour; he was best known for his voiceover work as Mikey Blumberg on Recess from 1997 to 2001. In the early aughts, Davis was a gossip column fixture who was known to alternately pal around and feud with the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan, and was frequently referred to by the nickname “Gummi Bear.”
Davis also publicly battled addiction to OxyContin, heroin, and Xanax, appearing on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010 and co-founding the recovery research fundraising group Cure Addiction Now.
Davis is the third young celebrity heir to pass away in the past few months. Andrew Burkle, the 27-year-old son of supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle, died of unknown causes in his Beverly Hills home last month. In November, Pink Taco founder Harry Morton, son of Hard Rock Café and Morton’s Steak House owner Peter Morton, was found dead of heart disease in Los Angeles at 38.
Aside from his mother, Davis is also survived by his father, wine grower Nebil Zarif, his two brothers, Alexander and Brandon, and two half-sisters, Mariella and Isabella Rickel.
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