The Tragic Death Of Talladega Nights Actor Houston Tumlin

The following article includes mentions of suicide.

Actor Houston Tumlin is dead at 28 years old.

As reported by TMZ, the actor, best known for his role in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, died by apparent suicide. He was a resident of Pelham, Alabama. It's reported that Tumlin's girlfriend was present in the home at the time of his death. 

While starring in Talladega Nights was Tumlin's only acting credit, he nonetheless managed to leave a lasting impact on fans, starring as Walker Ranger, the precocious and potty-mouthed eldest son of Ricky Bobby played by legendary actor and comedian Will Ferrell.

Eventually, the child star traded in the big screen for combat boots. Tumlin served in the Army, as part of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. It's reported that he also worked as a telephone line worker. 

On the heels of the tragic news, many took to Twitter to convey their thoughts regarding Tumlin's untimely death. Keep reading after the jump to learn what some had to say about the late child actor turned soldier.

Many are paying tribute to Tumlin

Upon learning of Houston Tumlin's tragic death, fans and loved ones alike expressed their sentiments via social media.

"SGT Houston Tumlin came to me as PVT Tumlin. He showed a lot of spirit, promise, positive energy and was (hands down) one of my best Soldiers in my company. Came ready to work," one fellow member of the United States Army pleaded in a tweet alongside a photo of Tumlin. "Please check on each other. Get help if you need it. We need you."

Another Twitter user and apparent friend remembered Tumlin for his humor. "Some of y'all might know who this is. This is Houston Tumlin, aka 'Hooty'. He was 'Walker' in Talladega Nights (Will Ferrell's Son)," he penned. "I graduated with him and he was one of the funniest guys I've ever met. He recently passed, and words can't describe how hard this is. RIP buddy." 

Our condolences go out to Tumlin's loved ones during this most difficult time.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.