“Nashville” Actor Dead At 34

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Just a couple weeks shy of his 35th birthday, actor Cody Longo has passed away. Born March 4, 1988, Longo burst on the scene in 2009 with a starring role in the fifth installment of the Bring It On franchise, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.

After that movie, he landed a multi-episode arc on the ABC Family show Make It Or Break It, where he met future bandmate Johnny Pacar. They formed the band Forever The Day, and even released an EP in 2010.

He continued acting in various roles in shows like Brothers & Sisters, CSI: New York, Days Of Our Lives, and had a starring role on the Teen Nick show Hollywood Heights, which ran for 80 episodes. Longo appeared in 78 of those episodes as Eddie Duran. His musical talents were used once again for this role.

His musical talents also brought him to the hit TV show Nashville for a two-episode arc during Season 4 as the character Quentin. His character is on tour with Autumn Chase, played by Alicia Witt, and The Exes, a band comprised of Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott.

Longo’s rep told CNN that he was found dead in his Austin, Texas home on February 8th. He leaves behind his wife, Stephanie Longo, and their three children, Lyla (7), Elijah (5), and Noah (18 months).

“Cody was our whole world,” Stephanie said in a statement provided by Longo’s rep. “The kids and I are shattered and beyond devastated. He was the best dad and best father. We will always and forever miss you and love you.”

Longo’s representative, Alex Gittelson, told the New York Times that Longo “died in his sleep, likely from accidental alcohol poisoning.” Gittelson revealed that he believed Longo was sober, but has had struggles with alcoholism.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Stephanie and their children.