John Paul Steuer, a former child star who played Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek, died at the beginning of this year and his death has been ruled as a suicide.

The news that Steuer died in his Portland home on New Year’s Day broke out soon after his death, but the cause of his death was unclear until recently. The Portland Police revealed that his death was ruled a suicide. Officials stated that “Steuer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”


While Star Trek was his most notable role, he rose to fame in the 90s for playing Johnny Vennaro in the football classic Little Giants. He also had a regular role in Grace Under Fire as Quentin Kelly.

After leaving acting behind, he became the lead singer to the band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. and went by the name Jonny Jewels. His band members were the ones who broke the news of his passing on their Facebook page. They wrote that, “the addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did.”

Although Steuer’s death happened earlier this year before Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, it still shines light on the increasing suicide epidemic in today’s society.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach for help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

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