Was Dead Sons of Anarchy Star on "Smiles"?

By Valerie Tejeda 09/28/12

Johnny Lewis died after killing an 81-year-old woman and her cat. The involvement of a new synthetic drug is suspected.

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The synthetic drug “smiles” may have played a role in the death of Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis, investigators are speculating. Lewis was found dead Wednesday morning after he apparently beat and strangled an 81-year-old woman to death and "dismembered" her cat. Details are still unclear, but authorities believe the woman may have rented a room from the actor. Following the attack, the 28-year-old reportedly climbed a wall and fell to his death, after getting into another fight with a painter in front of his neighbor's home. His death follows a year of troubles, during which he pleaded no contest to first-degree burglary and served a 291-days, as well as another six weeks in jail for assault with a deadly weapon. “We still don't have a motive, whether this was just the random act of somebody acting crazy or whether there was some type of altercation or dispute," says LAPD Commander Andrew Smith. The neighbor reports that Lewis showed “superhuman” strength during the fight, and was not hurt by the blows, saying it look like he was “hitting him with a fly swatter.” Now, investigators believe that Lewis may have been on the synthetic drug C2-1, known as “smiles,” which was linked to the deaths of two teenagers in North Dakota this summer. “New drugs come out all the time,” says Smith. “That's of course one of the things that our detectives are going to look into... We don't have any hard evidence that he was on anything.” That's an important point to remember, given the rush to blame bath salts—incorrectly—for the face eating "zombie" incident earlier this year. A toxicology report on Lewis is due in the next few weeks. 

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.