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TMZ: 'Talladega Nights' Star Houston Tumlin, Who Played Will Ferrell's Son Dies by Suicide

Laura Beatham
Mar 25, 2021
08:00 A.M.

Houston Tumlin, who played Will Ferrell's son in the movie "Talladega Nights," passed away this week. TMZ reported the details of his death.

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TMZ reported that "Talladega Night" star, Houston Tumlin who played Will Ferrell's son, Walker Bobby, died by suicide on March 23, 2021.

The former child star shot himself in his Pelham, Alabama home around 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans revealed to the outlet on Wednesday.

Houston Tumlin pictured at the premiere of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." 2006, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Houston Tumlin pictured at the premiere of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." 2006, California. | Photo: Getty Images

His girlfriend of only a month was in the home at the time. No note has been found to give insight to why Tumlin killed himself. His girlfriend, Charity Robertson, shared a tribute for him on Facebook.

Many fans of the movie loved his foul-mouthed character. Adam McKay, director of the movie, said he was "shocked and stunned" by the news of his death.

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He described him as a "joyous and talented person." McKay shared that he would always remember the laughs and good times the cast had together on set.

The former actor did not continue in the entertainment business. "Talladega Nights" was only his only movie credit. Tumlin went to serve in the army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell after high school.

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Tumlin was only 28-years-old at the time of his passing. His sister shared a touching tribute on social media. A few of his army servicemen shared posts to honor their late colleague.

"Talladega Nights" was released in 2006. In the movie, Will Ferrell played NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby. Tumlin was a knockout in his performance as his son in the hilarious movie.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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