Jackson Odell‘s dear friend and co-writer is sharing some of his fondest memories from his time spent with the late Goldbergs actor.
Last Friday, the musician and actor, best known for his role as Ari Caldwell on ABC’s The Goldbergs from 2013 to 2015, was found unresponsive in a Los Angeles sober living home. He was 20.
“There was no paraphernalia or legal drugs found on the scene,”s Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told PEOPLE. “He was found unresponsive.”
Odell’s cause of death is pending an autopsy.
Brett Boyett, a music producer who met Odell when he was 17 and worked extensively worked with the actor and musician for the past three years, posted a heartfelt tribute to the late star on Facebook following his death.
As a producer and songwriter your goal is always to align yourself with the most talented artist that you can find, that person whose gifts are undeniable. Well I found that person. His name was Jackson Odell.
I met him when he was just 17. When he walked into my studio in Los Angeles with his mother, my first question to him was, “Where are you from?” To my shock he responded, “We’re actually from a small town in Colorado that you’ve probably never heard of, called Evergreen.” Unbelievably, that was my home town, where I grew up. Ok, so we’re from the same home town, so what, that’s nice but does he have any talent? It wasn’t until he played the guitar and sang that I was completely blown away. This kid could sing, write, and play the guitar like I could only have dreamed of at 17. I mean, he could do it all, and he was really, really good at all of it. His voice carved a story into your mind with every word that he sang, while playing the guitar with the precision of a seasoned professional musician. On top of that, he was likable and charismatic, I’ve even used the word ‘magnetic,’ drawing people in to both his personality and his music.
Jackson and I became very good friends. We worked together on a weekly basis. We wrote, we recorded, we talked about life, religion, politics, dude stuff. We really got to know each other. I wanted so badly to see him become successful, the world needed to know how much talent was inside of this kid and how rare of …
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