Cause of death of popular TV actor finally revealed

Cheryl Kahla
Jul 30, 2018
08:02 A.M.
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Alan O'Neil was most famously known for his role as Hugh in Sons of Anarchy. He passed away at the age of 47, and the coroner's report revealed the cause of death.


As reported by TMZ back in June, O'Neill's body was found in his partner's Los Angeles apartment. Authorities investigating his death ruled out foul play.

The cause of death was listed as 'sequelae of chronic ethanol overconsumption,' or alcohol intoxication. O'Neill had a history of alcohol and drug abuse.

He also suffered trauma to the head, believed to be from a fall, as well as coronary artery atherosclerosis. His death has since been ruled as an accident.

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His representative, Annette Walsh, told People that O'Neill was a "brilliant funny and kind human being," and added that the world is a darker place without him in it.

"I’ll personally miss knowing Alan isn’t sharing the planet with us any longer, despite the miles between L.A. and Dublin. Alan was only ever a phone call away. May he rest in peace."

Annette Walsh, People, July 27, 2018.

O'Neill began his acting career two decades ago when he landed the role of Captain Jim Clarke in the made-for-TV movie, Ballyseedy.


Four years later, he also appeared in the film Strangers In The Night, and in two episodes of Rebel Heart. His claim to fame came two years later as Keith McGrath in Fair City.

O'Neill appeared in 70 episodes of the RTE One soap opera before moving on to Sons of Anarchy. He appeared in seven episodes during 2013 and 2014.

His last film appearance was as Captain in the 2016 film Urge, a thriller about a nightclub owner who introduced several friends to a new designer drug.

The Irish-born actor was unmarried and leaves behind three children.

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