Former child actor Houston Tumlin has died by suicide at age 28. He was best known for playing Will Ferrell’s son in Talladega Nights.

The Shelby County Coroner’s Office found Tumlin dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Pelham, Alabama home on Tuesday.

In February, Tumlin shared a throwback photo on Instagram of himself and his onscreen brother at the Talladega Nights premiere. He wrote, “@Graysoncreussell tell me a set of ‘brothers’ more handsome. I’ll wait.”

“I’ve never experience a hurt like this before,” Tumlin’s girlfriend, Charity Robertson, wrote on Facebook. “I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty. My heart is absolutely shattered. My sweet, sweet baby… Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter & oh man could the list go on. I love your smart mouth, your ‘I’m always right’ attitude, your hugs, your kisses, your touch… Just YOU!”

She continued, “I just feel like this is a really bad dream that I can’t wake up from. One thing for sure though, I have the absolute best guardian angel a girl could ever wish for cause everybody knows you don’t play about me. I love you so much Houston Lee & thank you for loving me so passionately and unapologetically for the time we had each other.”

I’ve never experienced a hurt like this before. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty. My heart is…

Posted by Charity Robertson on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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