Houston Tumlin, of Ricky Bobby fame, dies at 28


Premiere of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" - Arrivals

Premiere of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" - Arrivals

I was so sorry to hear about this news:

The actor who played Ricky Bobby's oldest son in 'Talladega Nights' was a young man named Houston Tumlin, died last week at the age of 28 after taking his own life. Houston grew up in Alabama and was tapped to star along side another Alabama kid Grayson Russell as Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby, the sons of Will Ferrell's character.

After starring in the movie- Houston served his country as an E-4 specialist in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army. He was in the service for almost 6 years before coming back to Alabama to live with his girlfriend in Pelham. His mom Michele said he suffered from PTSD and was receiving therapy at the time of his death on March 23rd. At 4:30 am he suffered a gunshot to the head while his girlfriend was in the other room.

Charity Robertson wrote 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.

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!

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 cause everybody knows you don’t play about me

I love you so much Houston Lee & thank you for loving me so passionately and unapologetically for the time we had each other"

Houston Tumlin's funeral is today and we pray for his family and friends.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide you can always call the suicide prevention hotline at: 1-800-273-8255, press "1"

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