Logan Williams, teen actor from 'The Flash,' died of accidental drug overdose, coroner's report says

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Logan Williams, teen actor from 'The Flash,' died of accidental drug overdose, coroner's report says. The young actor's mother previously said her son, who died in April 2020, had struggled with an addiction to opioids. NBC NewsLogan Williams, teen actor from 'The Flash,' died of accidental drug overdose, coroner's report says

'The Flash' actor Logan Williams' cause of death confirmed as accidental drug overdose

USA TODAY 09 September, 2021 - 01:32pm

Logan Williams' cause of death has officially been confirmed by the coroner's office to be an accidental drug overdose.

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Logan Williams' cause of death has officially been confirmed by the coroner's office to be an accidental drug overdose.

The 16-year-old "Flash" actor died from accidental "unintentional illicit drug toxicity (fentanyl)," according to Canada's BC coroner service report. 

"Toxicological analysis detected fentanyl in a range where lethal outcomes have been reported. Even small amounts of fentanyl have been shown to be potentially toxic," the report, which was dated May 10, read.

Williams, who is best known for playing a young Barry Allen on The CW's "The Flash," suddenly died on April 2, 2020, just days ahead of his 17th birthday on April 9. 

Last year, Williams' mom Marlyse Williams revealed that toxicology results showed her son died of a fentanyl overdose following a three-year battle with opioid addiction. She now hopes Williams' story will help raise awareness of addiction and prevent another mother from experiencing her pain.

"His death is not going to be in vain," Marlyse told New York Post in an exclusive interview, published in May 2020. "He’s going to help a lot of people down the road."

Marlyse said although her family kept Williams' addiction "under wraps" due to "the judgment," "embarrassment" and "criticism," they did all they could to help him. She said she remortgaged her home to send Williams to an expensive treatment facility in the United States and another in British Columbia in summer 2019.

"I did everything humanly possible — everything a mother could do," she told the Post. "I did everything but handcuff him to me to try to keep him safe."

Marlyse said she last saw her son four days before his death, when they enjoyed a home cooked meal together: "He said to me, 'Mom, I’m gonna get clean. I’m going to get better. And I want my new life to start.'"

Williams was in eight episodes of the CW superhero show, with his last appearance coming in the Season 2 premiere in 2015, according to IMDb. He also had roles on "Supernatural," "The Whispers" and "When Calls the Heart."

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Logan Williams, teen 'The Flash' actor, died from fentanyl overdose

Yahoo Entertainment 09 September, 2021 - 11:50am

Over a year after the 16-year-old actor's death, the Coroners Service of British Columbia released its report, which was obtained by Yahoo Entertainment. The official cause of death is listed as "acute drug toxicity" by means of “unintentional illicit drug toxicity (fentanyl)." It was classified as “accidental."

The report noted: “Toxicological analysis detected fentanyl in a range where lethal outcomes have been reported. Even small amounts of fentanyl have been shown to be potentially toxic.”

It also stated that Williams — who appeared in eight episodes of the CW superhero show “struggled with mental health concerns" and also "had a history of consuming illicit substances.”

It said that in 2019, Williams — whose other acting credits include a guest spot on Supernatural and the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart — was put in the care of Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), or child protective services. He was given services, including placement in a residential treatment program, but "often declined to participate."

On March 11, 2020, he was discharged to a supervised residential care program while waiting for a bed in a treatment facility. A few weeks later, on April 1, he left the group home and was reported missing. 

When he returned at 11 p.m. that night, he “appeared agitated and under the influence of a substance.” He last spoke to staff at 4 a.m. on April 2, and the staff conducted hourly checks during which he he appeared to be sleeping. At 9:30 a.m., staff tried to wake him but he was "unresponsive and not breathing." Paramedics were called but “did not attempt resuscitation as it was apparent [he] was deceased." There was drug paraphernalia near his body.

A police investigation conducted that there were no suspicious circumstances and that “street drugs often contain unexpected substances which can potentially pose increased risk.”

Marlyse Williams, his mother, said in May 2020 that preliminary toxicology results showed that he died of a fentanyl overdose. She said her son — who started acting at age 9 but took a break at age 13 — had been battling addiction for three years. She said she discovered he had been using cannabis and then later harder drugs, but was unaware of any fentanyl use.

In August 2020, she opened up about her attempts to help him beat his addiction, including taking out a second mortgage on her home to send him to treatment centers both in the U.S., where he spent 10 months in a residential program in Utah, and Canada.

She said on the day of his death — at the height fo the pandemic — "Logan certainly did not want to die. We were supposed to see each other that day and he was looking forward to it." And she slammed drug dealers who sell to children, asking, "How is this fentanyl getting into every drug and killing our youth? Why is no one doing anything about it? Why is this OK? This is not OK."

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ComicBook.com 09 September, 2021 - 11:13am

A coroner has released a report about the tragic death of The Flash's Logan Williams. The young actor actually passed away last year and fans of The CW were taken off guard by the news. He was only 16 at the time and the entire cast had a massive outpouring of grief. Williams played the young version of Barry Allen back in the pilot and for a lot of the early run. (As The Flash loved to look back at the events of those early episodes.) the BC Coroners office in Canada told The New York Post that the young actor died from an "unintentional illicit drug toxicity (fentanyl)." Although they classified this as an accident, that doesn't make it any less tragic. These findings support the initial toxicology report released last year. Williams is also reported to have had mental health struggles in the past and a history with substances according to the writing from the coroner's office.

"Toxicological analysis detected fentanyl in a range where lethal outcomes have been reported," the coroner explained. "Even small amounts of fentanyl have been shown to be potentially toxic."

When the news first broke, Grant Gustin shared a heartfelt tribute on his Instagram account. This was a nice remembrance of The Flash actor who had been around him since the pilot.

"Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly," Gustin said. "I was so impressed by not only Logan's talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I'm sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone."

Williams' mother Marlyse also spoke about her son with the New York Post). "Seeing him like that was as gut-wrenching as hearing that he died. It was horrific. Horrific. He was cold," Marlyse remembered. "But I have to say I feel like he was restless and he needed me to tell him it's OK to let go and that the pain is over and he doesn't have to hurt anymore. Every night I put a candle by the window. I just want Logan to know that he's always welcome to come back home. Sounds so silly, but when he was alive I'd always leave the light on [for] if he'd come home. I leave the light on so he knows I'm here for him."

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‘The Flash’ Actor Logan Williams Died From Fentanyl OD

TMZ 09 September, 2021 - 08:37am

Canada's BC Coroners Service says the 16-year-old Logan died from an "unintentional illicit drug toxicity (fentanyl)." The manner of his death has been listed as "accidental."

According to the coroner's report, obtained by the NY Post, Logan "struggled with mental health concerns and had a history of consuming illicit substances." And three months before his death, Logan was reportedly unresponsive after consuming substances, though the report wasn't specific.

Logan was later resuscitated and diagnosed with a significant brain injury that messed with his ability to function.

Logan, who played a teenage Barry Allen on the CW series, died back on April 1, 2020 in Burnaby, British Columbia. The day he died, the coroner says Logan left a residential care home and was reported missing. Once Logan returned he appeared agitated and under the influence. He went to bed to sleep it off ... and staff checked on him hourly. But, when staff went to wake him up he was unresponsive.

As we've reported ... there's a fentanyl epidemic that's hitting Hollywood hard right now. Logan's news comes on the heels of comedian Fuquan Johnson and 3 others dying after an apparent overdose. Our sources say cocaine laced with fentanyl appears to be what they ingested.

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Flash actor Logan Williams cause of death finally confirmed

Fox News 09 September, 2021 - 06:47am

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"The Flash" star Logan Williams’ official cause of death has been released by Canada’s BC Coroners Service — over a year after the 16-year-old died in April 2020.

According to the coroner’s report, exclusively obtained by The Post Wednesday, the late star died from an "unintentional illicit drug toxicity (fentanyl)" and was classified as "accidental."

"Toxicological analysis detected fentanyl in a range where lethal outcomes have been reported," the coroner said. "Even small amounts of fentanyl have been shown to be potentially toxic."

A preliminary toxicology report released in May 2020 had determined his death accidental acute drug toxicity. The young actor, who played a teenage Barry Allen on the CW series, died in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The official coroner’s report stated that Logan "struggled with mental health concerns and had a history of consuming illicit substances."

"In 2019, he came into the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)," the report went on. "Support services were provided including residential treatment; however, Logan often declined to participate."

The investigation, which The Post learned just recently closed, found that he also became unresponsive after consuming substances on Feb. 26, 2020. After he was resuscitated, he was "diagnosed with a significant brain injury that affected his memory and functioning," according to the coroner’s report. He was discharged on March 11 "to a specialized resource with recommendations for supervision."

The coroner’s report added that on April 1, Logan left the residential care home and was reported missing to the authorities. Once he returned, Logan "appeared agitated and under the influence of a substance," the report read. He went to bed soon after and "appeared to be sleeping" when staff at the residence "conducted hourly checks."

However, when staff tried to wake him up "he was unresponsive and not breathing," the report said. Paramedics "did not attempt resuscitation as it was apparent that Logan was deceased. Drug paraphernalia was located near to Logan’s body."

The coroner also added that police conducted an investigation into Logan’s death and concluded that it was not as a result of suspicious circumstances, noting that "street drugs often contain unexpected substances which can potentially pose increased risk."

In an exclusive interview with The Post in May 2020, Williams’ mother, Marlyse Williams, revealed that preliminary toxicology results showed that he died of a fentanyl overdose following a three-year battle with addiction. Marlyse vowed to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation.

"His death is not going to be in vain," she said. "He’s going to help a lot of people down the road." She spoke about her son’s career and how he "really, really enjoyed the acting." Logan also appeared in the Hallmark series "When Calls the Heart," the ABC sci-fi series "The Whispers" and the CW series "Supernatural."

However, she added that the auditioning became "way too stressful," and he took a break. Marlyse discovered he was using marijuana at 13 and he moved on to harder drugs. As his addiction progressed, he "was in complete denial because he was so ashamed."

For three years, she tried to help Logan with his problem and even remortgaged her home to send him to an expensive treatment center in the US. "I did everything humanly possible — everything a mother could do," she said. "I did everything but handcuff him to me to try to keep him safe."

"Seeing him like that was as gut-wrenching as hearing that he died. It was horrific. Horrific. He was cold," she continued, recalling the day she went to identify his body at the funeral home. "But I have to say I feel like he was restless and he needed me to tell him it’s OK to let go and that the pain is over and he doesn’t have to hurt anymore."

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Flash star Logan Williams, 16, killed by fentanyl, coroner confrims

Daily Mail 08 September, 2021 - 07:52pm

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Child star Logan Williams died from an accidental fentanyl overdose, a Canadian coroner's office has confirmed 18 months after his death. 

Logan, who shot to fame playing a young Barry Allen on CW's The Flash, was found dead at a care home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia on April 2 of last year. He was just 16 years old. 

A report written by the BC Coroners Service, obtained by The New York Post on Wednesday, confirms Logan succumbed to 'unintentional illicit drug toxicity (fentanyl)' . The death has been classified as as 'accidental.'

Child star Logan Williams died from a fentanyl overdose, a Canadian coroner's office has finally confirmed 

Logan's performance on The Flash earned the rising talent a Joey Award, a Canadian prize that is given to child actors. He last featured on the superhero show in 2015

Logan - who hailed from Canada - was just 10 years old when he made his debut in the 2014 Hallmark film The Color Of Rain. He won the part following his first-ever audition. 

That same year he began appearing on The Hallmark Channel series When Calls The Heart alongside Lori Loughlin. 

He went on to feature in a number of TV shows, including Supernatural, but he is best known for his eight-episode arc in The Flash. 

Logan's performance on The Flash earned the rising talent a Joey Award, a Canadian prize that is given to child actors. 

Logan last featured on the superhero show in 2015.  

In 2014, Logan began appearing on The Hallmark Channel series When Calls The Heart

Marlyse Williams (right) said the audition process became 'way too stressful' for Logan (left) around the age of 13

Several years later, Logan reportedly started using drugs, according to his mom, Marlyse Williams. 

Marlyse told The New York Post last year that she first became aware of Logan's drug use after the auditioning process became 'way too stressful' for the young actor. 

She discovered he was using marijuana first, but she said it quickly escalated to other drugs. 

Marlyse admitted she wasn't completely sure at the time that Logan was using other drugs, but as his addiction continued he 'was in complete denial because he was so ashamed.'

Over the next three years, Marlyse said she tried a number of ways to help her son get clean from his addiction. 

She told The Post she even remortgaged her home to send him to a costly treatment center in the United States. 

Marlyse told the paper she first became aware of Logan's drug use after the auditioning process became 'way too stressful' for the young actor. 

She discovered he was using marijuana first, but she said it quickly escalated to other drugs. 

Marlyse admitted she wasn't completely sure at the time that Logan was using other drugs, but as his addiction continued he 'was in complete denial because he was so ashamed.'

Over the next three years, Marlyse said she tried a number of ways to help her son get clean from his addiction. 

She remortgaged her home to send him to a costly treatment center in the United States and, last summer, sent him to a facility in British Columbia for one month. 

Logan (pictured) was last living in a group home after spending time in treatment centers for his addiction 

'I did everything humanly possible — everything a mother could do, I did everything but handcuff him to me to try to keep him safe,' she told The Post. 

But Marlyse kept her son's addiction 'under wraps' from people in the entertainment business. 

'Logan was always hoping to get back into acting, music or whatever future he wanted,' she said.

'We didn't want people to know because of the judgment, because of the embarrassment, because of the criticism. We wanted it to go away.' 

Marylse was left devastated by her son's death, but vowed it would not be in vain. 

She told the paper she will 'create a legacy out of this tragedy' of Logan's death, even if she only 'create[s] awareness or help one or five or 100 people to somehow heal and get help.' 

Marlyse Williams (right), pictured with Logan (left): 'We didn't want people to know because of the judgment, because of the embarrassment, because of the criticism. We wanted it to go away'

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