Adam Rich, former ‘Eight is Enough’ child star, has died aged 54
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LOS ANGELES — Adam Rich, the pageboy child actor who enchanted television audiences as “America’s Little Brother” on “Eight is Enough” in the late 1970s, has died. He was 54.
Rich died Saturday in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, Lt. Aimee Earl of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death was under investigation but was ruled non-suspicious.
Rich had a limited acting career after playing Nicholas Bradford, the youngest of eight children, on the ABC hit dramedy that ran from 1977-1981.
He has had several run-ins with police over drugs and alcohol – and sought treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage.
Rich suffered from a type of depression that resisted treatment, and he’s been trying to remove the stigma of speaking out about mental illness, publicist Danny Deraney said. He tried unsuccessfully experimental cures over the years and remained sober.
Deraney said he and others close to Rich had been concerned in recent weeks when they were unable to reach him.
“He was just a very kind, generous, loving soul,” Deraney told The Associated Press. “Being a famous actor isn’t necessarily what he wanted to be. … He had no ego, not an ounce of it.”
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