Talladega Nights actor Houston Tumlin struggled with mental health prior to his death from suicide and after serving in the United States military.
According to the late actor’s mother, Michelle Tumlin, her son battled depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which she blames for his suicide on March 23 at the age of 28. TMZ reports.
Despite his internal struggles, Tumlin received multiple accolades during his service, including the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Mental health issues: Talladega Nights actor Houston Tumlin’s mother said her son struggled with depression and PTSD before dying from suicide on Tuesday, TMZ reported
However, it earned his Air Assault wings that made Tumlin most proud, his mom says.
“Houston took on another set of wings,” she told the publication, while also urging anyone with similar mental health issues to seek help immediately.
“Houston Lee Tumlin was so much more than a Talladega Nights child actor,” she said of her late son.
My beautiful boy brought joy to everyone he met and made them feel special. Houston has fought his fight for years and we will continue to fight for him. ‘
The fight continues: ‘My beautiful boy brought joy to everyone he met and made them feel special. Houston has fought his fight for years and we will continue to fight for him, ”said Houston’s mother, Michelle Tumlin
Accolades: Tumlin will reportedly be honored for his life and service with a full military funeral
Tumlin will reportedly be honored for his life and service with a full military funeral.
His family has done their part to honor his memory and spread his story by walking a suicide prevention march in Helena, Alabama, a few days after his death.
The event was held to raise awareness of veteran suicide and to gain support for PTSD.
In Memory: His family have done their part to honor his memory and spread his story by walking a suicide prevention march in Helena, Alabama a few days after his death.
Tumlin is best known to audiences for his hilarious role in the 2006 Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby.
The child actor played the foul-mouthed son of Ferrell’s title character, a fat NASCAR driver who becomes a sensation on the track.
Shelby County coroner, Lina Evans, told me TMZ that Tumlin was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head around 4:30 pm on Tuesday.
Sources told the publication that his girlfriend was in his house at the time of his death, although no suicide note has been found so far.
Laugh riot: Tumlin (L) is best known to audiences for his hilarious role in the 2006 Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby
Talladega Nights, in which Tumlin held his own opponent Ferrell and John C. Reilly, was his only on-screen acting role, according to IMDb
The comedy, directed by Adam McKay of The Big Short and co-written by him and Ferrell, went on to become a $ 163 million blockbuster hit at the box office.
In addition to Ferrell and Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amy Adams and Jane Lynch completed the main cast.
After his short film career, Tumlin joined the military in 2011, just after graduating from high school.
After six years of service, he had worked repairing telegraph lines across Alabama.
Short career: Talladega Nights, in which Tumlin held his own opponent Ferrell and John C. Reilly, was his only on-screen acting role, according to IMDb
Public Works: After his six years of service, he had worked repairing telegraph lines across Alabama
Although Tumlin’s mother attributes his suicide to his mental health issues, his Instagram account didn’t seem to show any signs of internal turmoil, but was filled with happy photos of his family and his beloved dog, Allie.
According to Facebook, Tumlin only officially started dating his girlfriend, Charity Robertson, earlier this month.
Robertson spoke on social media of her grief over her partner’s suicide on Tuesday night, writing, ‘I’ve never experienced such pain. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty.
My heart is absolutely shattered. My sweet, sweet baby … Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. ‘
She continued, “I just still feel like this is a really bad dream that I can’t wake up from.
“One thing is for sure though, I have the absolute best guardian angel a girl could ever wish for.”
Positive image: Although Tumlin’s mom attributes his suicide to his mental health issues, his Instagram account didn’t seem to show any signs of internal turmoil, but instead was filled with happy photos of his family and beloved dog, Allie
Grief: Tumlin’s girlfriend Charity Robertson took to Facebook to share her grief over her partner’s suicide
Goodbye: Tumlin’s sister, Hayden, took to social media Wednesday morning to pay tribute to her late brother
Tumlin’s sister Hayden shared a tribute to her late brother on Instagram on Wednesday morning.
‘I lost my brother yesterday. This doesn’t feel real or right to be without him. He was so special to us. I’ll love you forever, bubba, ‘she wrote.
As of Sunday, Will Ferrell has made no public statements about the death of his former costar.
Tumlin seemed to have fond memories of his time on the set of Talladega Nights, and he regularly shared photos of Ferrell on Instagram.
OUR READERS: If you or someone you know is struggling, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is a free, 24/7 confidential service that can provide support, information and local resources to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, or those around them.
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Glory Days: Tumlin is pictured right on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Talladega Nights in July 2006