Houston Tumlin, best known for playing Walker Bobby in the 2006 comedy “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” has passed away at 28.
On Wednesday, Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans told TMZ that Tumlin shot himself in the head inside his Pelham, Alabama, home around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The outlet reports that Tumlin’s girlfriend, Charity Robertson, was inside the home at the time of his suicide. As of this writing, no note has been found.
Robertson later confirmed Tumlin’s passing in a touching note on Facebook.
“I’ve never experienced a hurt like this before. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty. My heart is absolutely shattered,” she wrote.
“My sweet, sweet baby.. Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter, & oh man could the list go on. I love your smart mouth, your ‘i’m always right’ attitude, your hugs, your kisses, your touch.. Just YOU!”
In his only role as an actor, Tumlin played the 10-year-old son of Will Ferrell’s main character, Ricky Bobby.
Per TMZ, Tumlin reportedly served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, and also repaired telephone lines.
Our condolences go out to Houston’s family and loved ones for their loss.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).