Veronica Mars star Brad Bufanda has died aged 34 years old  with his rep confirming he committed suicide.The actor’s lifeless body was found by a homeless passer by on a Los Angeles sidewalk at around 1am, law enforcement sources toldTMZ. He had apparently jumped from a nearby building.The website reported that a suicide note found on or near his body gave  names of his parents and thanked important people in his life.Brad was known to fans from his recurring role as Felix Toombs during the first two seasons of  Noughties teen drama Veronica Mars, fronted by Kristen Bell.The former child star’s other TV credits included Roseanne, CSI: Miami, Malcolm in Middle, Boston Public and Days of our Lives.In a statement Brad’s management company spoke of their devastation.’We are completely devastated for he was an extremely talented young actor and wonderful, caring human being,’ they wrote.’He was reviving his career having just completed two movies and we are shocked and saddened by his passing. The family would appreciate privacy at this difficult time.’In previous years, Brad had posted a series of images to social media reflecting on his declining Hollywood career and alluding to health problems.

One 2012 image of the noticeably slender star, in which his ribs could clearly be seen, was captioned ‘Too pretty for #Hollywood.’He wrote ‘and I’m gonna get skinnier too…..like the machinist…..I wanna play a cancer patient or something similar so I can connect w the families who are dealing w health issues like my family.’That same year disillusioned Brad shared pictures of royalty checks for his previous work, including one for $1.62 and another for $38.91. ‘F***Hollywood’ he tagged post.Other images showed his career highlights, with shots from his youthful TV and movie work.However after a few quiet years, in recent months it seemed that Brad’s career had picked back up, with the actor filming two recent movies.He had a small role in this year’s Vivica A. Fox comedy Garlic & Gunpowder, and was working on a romantic comedy, Stan the Man, at the time of his death.Born in Orange County, California, Fred Joseph Bufanda starred in his first film, Pocket Ninjas, aged ten and acted throughout his teens.He legally changed his name to Brad in 2001 when he moved to Los Angeles.Always athletic, alongside his teenage acting career Brad represented his high school on both basketball and baseball teams.Aged 23 he even spent two months working out with Saddleback College’s basketball team, with the head coach offering him a permanent spot of team.However he turned down the opportunity, instead joining the cast of Co-Ed Confidential, on which he worked for two years.

 

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