Houston Tumlin, who played the son of Will Ferrell’s Ricky Bobby in “Talladega Nights,” has died by suicide. He was 28 years old.

By Beatrice Verhoeven 

Tumlin was born on Dec. 27, 1992 in Pell City, Alabama, and graduated in 2011 from Victory’s Christian High School.

Tumlin, who was a child when he appeared in the 2006 Will Ferrell film, died by suicide according to Shelby County coroner Lina Evans.

Evans told the site Tumlin was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head around 4:30 pm on Tuesday at his Pelham, Alabama home.

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Houston was a standout in Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby as the foul-mouthed 10-year-old Walker Bobby, Will Ferrell’s character’s son.

The movie is his only professional film credit.

Tumlin was reportedly serving in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in 2015 and according to TMZ, he dabbled in other work, like repairing telephone lines. 

Tragic: Talladega nights actor Houston Tumlin has died by a self-inflicted gunshot at the age of 28

Tumlin’s Instagram showed happy moments, like cute photos of his dogs, work snaps, and stylish outfit shots.

Houston’s sister Hayden was in shock as she paid tribute to her brother on Instagram.

Under a photo of the siblings being silly, she wrote: ‘I lost my brother yesterday. This doesn’t feel real or right to be without him. He was so special to us. I will love you forever, bubba.’

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a free, 24/7 confidential service that can provide people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, or those around them, with support, information and local resources.

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