Johnny Lewis Autopsy: No Drugs Involved In 'Sons Of Anarchy' Death

By iScienceTimes Staff on November 30, 2012 11:26 AM EST

Johnny Lewis
Lewis was a working actor who briefly dated singer Katy Perry before his breakout role in 'Sons of Anarchy.' (Photo: Reuters)

Johnny Lewis, the former "Sons of Anarchy" actor who beat his landlady to death before losing his life in an accidental fall, did not have any intoxicants in his system at the time of his death, according to autopsy results. Johnny Lewis' autopsy showed no traces of alcohol, cocaine or even marijuana in the actor's system. Johnny Lewis' autopsy also came back negative for signs of anti-psychotic or psychedelic drugs.

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In other words, it's still a pretty big mystery.

Cops were hoping the Johnny Lewis' autopsy would shed some light on his actions on the morning of Sept. 26, when he went on a bizarre rampage that culminated in the beating death of his landlady, 81-year-old Catherine Davis. He allegedly stormed into her apartment and destroyed the place, smashing furniture and even dismembering her cat, before committing the murder and fleeing outside. He was confronted by neighbors and attacked them with a two-by-four before scaling a wall to get to the roof of his landlady's house.

He then fell from the roof and died. The death has been ruled accidental because of a lack of evidence he attempted to kill himself or was pushed. During Johnny Lewis autopsy, authorities found scratch marks on his neck and "partial strangulation," likely defensive wounds caused by his landlady during the attack.

Five days before his alleged rampage, Lewis had been released from jail and had a string of drug-related arrests before the killing. His attorney had speculated he might have been in a drug-induced psychosis when he killed Davis. Johnny Lewis had been arrested three times this year, and his probation reports reflect serious doubts from officers that he was on the road to recovery regarding his sobriety and his mental health. One report said that officers were "very concerned for the well-being of not only the community but that of the defendant" because Lewis was mentally ill, chemically dependent and a transient.

"Given this, (Lewis) will continue to be a threat to any community he may reside," it said.

However, because Johnny Lewis' autopsy showed no signs of drugs authorities now believe his behavior was simply some sort of mental breakdown.

Lewis was best known for his role as Half-Sack on "Sons of Anarchy," but his career included guest spots on "Smallville," "Yes, Dear" and "Judging Amy" and recurring roles on "American Dreams," "Boston Public," "The O.C." and "Drake & Josh." 

He also dated pop star Katy Perry in 2006. Perry was very close with Lewis and US Weekly reports that the singer was "devastated" by his death.

"She had to separate from him . . . to get ahead and focus on her career," a source told the magazine at the time of Lewis' death. "He was in trouble then and she couldn't help him. A lot of her songs were partially inspired by him. I know 'The One That Got Away' and 'Circle the Drain' are partly about him."

Lewis was 28 at the time of his death. He left behind a daughter whom he was attempting to win from the courts in a custody battle.

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