Brad Renfro's family shocked and deva...

Brad Renfro's family shocked and devastated by his death

There are 196 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jan 16, 2008, titled Brad Renfro's family shocked and devastated by his death. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

The death of 25-year-old actor Brad Renfro has come as a shock to family and friends across East Tennessee.

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Robin Scot

Lenoir City, TN

#23 Jan 16, 2008
I met Brads grandmother several years ago while I worked in a doctors office. She was very proud of him and showed me pictures. I am very sorry to her and the family for their great loss. My prayers are with this family.
Cha

Miami, FL

#24 Jan 16, 2008
I am in total shock this was one of the best young actors i have ever seen on film.What a pity he went this way RIP Renfro!
rick

United States

#25 Jan 16, 2008
oh please wrote:
<quoted text>
I've been addicted to hard drugs....been on the spike for over ten years..
I have been clean for just over six months..
I have never gotten any symphathy from anyone...no love....just ridicule and bitterness.....and here this kid was doing what I did...and he died....and you fall on your knees and holler to the heavens about how sweet he was..
I was raside very well....am a good decent person...NEVER stole to support my habits...always worked and payed my bills....and I guarrantee you...you all would call me scum because I was a junkie......but this kid was cute...and it wasn't HIS fault he was a druggie....he was such a victim..right?
You all would say I was an evil man for 'choosing' to do drugs..
Just goes to show...if you are popular...people treat you better than the average guy...and you can 'do no wrong'..
It got me too at one time. good luck bro .Sure do wish you well.
MICHELLE

United States

#26 Jan 16, 2008
MY HEART JUST BREAKS FOR BRAD AND HIS FAMILY.
LOSING A CHILD HAS TO BE THE MOST PAIN ONE HUMAN COULD FEEL.
WHAT A WONDERFUL ACTOR HE WAS, WITH SO MUCH PROMISE. I WAS SO SAD TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING.
R.I.P. BRAD..... PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY.
christina-jo

Taren Point, Australia

#27 Jan 16, 2008
RIP Brad we'll always love and miss you.
Kenny

Westlock, Canada

#28 Jan 16, 2008
I am deeply saddened by his passing, I saw most of his movies and thought he was great in every single one. I'll miss him, even though I never met him. He was one of my favorite artists/actors, Frodad was really cool too. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. So long Brad Renfro and thank you for everything you gave us all. God Rest your soul and keep you.
Ken Littlechild, Alberta, Canada.
Brian H

Glendale, CA

#29 Jan 16, 2008
This is very sad news for many of us in the entertainment industry. For some people who use hard drugs, sobriety (staying clean and sober) is unfortunately an impossibility. Brad was so young to be taken down by his addiction. It's tragic. My heartfelt sympathy goes to his family and friends. Don't judge--learn from this so that others may recover in time. SarahB's comments above are spot-on. Take care of yourselves and each other :)
Rita

AOL

#30 Jan 17, 2008
God be with the family and friends of Brad, may everyone be strengthened by His Love and Peace. Rest in Peace, Brad.
concerned citizen

Kingston Springs, TN

#31 Jan 17, 2008
Brad was one of the "lucky ones" concerning drug addiction, which is a disease of the mind, not a "choice." Most addicts are wrongly subjected to jail sentencs, especially those who are poor and usually black. When society decides to stop warehousing human beings in our jails and prisons--check out the statstics regarding how much of our populations vis a vis the rest of the "civilized world" is incarceratd--and instead decides that treatment of a very common mental illness is the way to go, others who are "lucky" will die at home and most will continue through our for profit criminal system. As a society, we have chosen to pay others to make a profit off of prisons rather than make available the necessary mental and/or physical health providers. Shame on us. We are not a safer society and our tough on crime stance is a sham.
Pam Lake City Tn

Richmond, VA

#32 Jan 17, 2008
It's a very sad time for the Renfro family, I feel their pain, my daughter died at the age of 35 an their isn't a day goes by I don't think about her, as I know will be the case with the Renfro family. It's a very painful sadness in the pit of your stomach like someone has taken a knife and cut part of your insides out. No matter what his life was he was human an he had parents that loved him, an it doesn't ever go away the pain of losing a child. My deapest sympathy to the Renfro family. Just keep God in your life, he is the only one that can help lessen the pain.
Meaghan

Salt Lake City, UT

#33 Jan 17, 2008
You should know that this was not his choice, addiction is not something anyone can control. It is really serious and I think you all would know that Brad would have made better choices in hind sight. I know that God looks out for us, especially those who have troubles in life and I think everyone should try to understand that each and everyone of us has some "battle" we face each and everyday of our lives, please pray for him, his family, and friends, and everyone else that battles with any problems that life gives us. Remember that we are all the same and we all face battles and challenges that are tough to deal with. God loves each of us and knows that we all want to live good lives, so all of I ask, please understand Brad's situation and pray for him and his friends and family, as they need your help more now than ever.
In my eyes, it does not matter who you are in this life, pray for those that need your help, it does make an impact in many peoples lives...I have seen it happen first hand. I respect Brad and his work, he has made a huge impact on me, and I know God is with him right now, and really that is all that matters. RIP Brad
livin it

Kingsport, TN

#34 Jan 17, 2008
The human race never ceases to amaze me. To the "Oh Please" author..... how dare you write a comment like this in a time of someone's death. And it is not really even about Brad, but about a bitter "you". Regardless of "your" situation, "you" are alive !! I went to school with this young man's father, and I also lost a son in 2001 due to an addiction; not my son's, but the drunk driver who hit him and killed him. In this time, I have started working in A&D treatment and let me congratulate you you on your time clean, but, there is obvisously a few things that you have not learned in your 6 months clean time. You and your "poor pitiful me attitude".... You're still alive - and clean - aren't you ? Have you ever been to a meeting where they sit a chair empty in the middle of the floor and pray for the one who will die tonite ? Or a moment of silence for those who will die tonite ? The "greatful recovering addict" has sympathy on those who have not ACCOMPLISHED sobriety yet. Addiction is a disease, just like diabetes. You know it will get worse, but when in active addiction, your mind will justify your use, just like a diabetic eating sweets.
I wanted to rip the man's head off that killed my son, but I prayed to God for the understanding of the heart of that man and those in addiction and now I work with these people day in and day out and I see the tears and the uphill struggle that they face every day. You may be in recovery, but you need to read up on the "dry drunk sydrome" and leave comments like you have here in a dark closet somewhere - like your mind. Let Brad's soul and his family rest this issue now in peace. I am sure of a few things: 1)Brad's father was a good guy and he did not intend to have a child that became an addict. 2)We are assuming this death was due to using, however there is no proof of that. 3)Life does not mean for you to bury your children. 4)That young man's life is now done - let's remember him for the good in him, and I am sure, there was a lot.
Intrepid

Dover, DE

#36 Jan 17, 2008
I hate to see a life cut short by drugs..it really is the scourge of America...I feel so badly for this young man's family...THe outpouring of sympathy on here has nothing to do with this young man being famous.. it's about a human being who could not beat drugs.. That is a sad story no matter who you are talking about....
Tracy

Brentwood, TN

#37 Jan 17, 2008
oh please wrote:
<quoted text>
Some might, I wouldn't. Addiction is not a choice. People who believe otherwise are ignorant. I see no one is canonizing this young man, merely mourning his loss and feeling sad for his family. Maybe you aren't famous but I am sure that if your story had ended badly someone would be mourning your loss, too.
WhoCares

United States

#38 Jan 17, 2008
livin it wrote:
The human race never ceases to amaze me. To the "Oh Please" author..... how dare you write a comment like this in a time of someone's death. And it is not really even about Brad, but about a bitter "you". Regardless of "your" situation, "you" are alive !! I went to school with this young man's father, and I also lost a son in 2001 due to an addiction; not my son's, but the drunk driver who hit him and killed him. In this time, I have started working in A&D treatment and let me congratulate you you on your time clean, but, there is obvisously a few things that you have not learned in your 6 months clean time. You and your "poor pitiful me attitude".... You're still alive - and clean - aren't you ? Have you ever been to a meeting where they sit a chair empty in the middle of the floor and pray for the one who will die tonite ? Or a moment of silence for those who will die tonite ? The "greatful recovering addict" has sympathy on those who have not ACCOMPLISHED sobriety yet. Addiction is a disease, just like diabetes. You know it will get worse, but when in active addiction, your mind will justify your use, just like a diabetic eating sweets.
I wanted to rip the man's head off that killed my son, but I prayed to God for the understanding of the heart of that man and those in addiction and now I work with these people day in and day out and I see the tears and the uphill struggle that they face every day. You may be in recovery, but you need to read up on the "dry drunk sydrome" and leave comments like you have here in a dark closet somewhere - like your mind. Let Brad's soul and his family rest this issue now in peace. I am sure of a few things: 1)Brad's father was a good guy and he did not intend to have a child that became an addict. 2)We are assuming this death was due to using, however there is no proof of that. 3)Life does not mean for you to bury your children. 4)That young man's life is now done - let's remember him for the good in him, and I am sure, there was a lot.
Everyone is Assuming drugs are the reason because he has had atleast one or two times a year where he makes the news... not for a new movie! but for being arrested for stealing and/or drug abuse. Im just amazed that all of you idiots are saying good things about him. Sure he was a "NICE GUY" but unfortunatly holding a few doors open for people doesnt make you a good person. Maybe if he wasnt off shooting up he could have spent more time with his grandmother. Too bad though right? everyone quit crying. none of you knew him and neither did i. Whoopdee do. I agree. we lost a druggie and a theif.
H8er of negative ppl

Dillon, SC

#39 Jan 17, 2008
WhoCares wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone is Assuming drugs are the reason because he has had atleast one or two times a year where he makes the news... not for a new movie! but for being arrested for stealing and/or drug abuse. Im just amazed that all of you idiots are saying good things about him. Sure he was a "NICE GUY" but unfortunatly holding a few doors open for people doesnt make you a good person. Maybe if he wasnt off shooting up he could have spent more time with his grandmother. Too bad though right? everyone quit crying. none of you knew him and neither did i. Whoopdee do. I agree. we lost a druggie and a theif.
WHAT AN AS5!!!Sounds like you need to find that hole you came out of & crawl back in it!!How do u know thats what Brad died from? Are you the one doing the autopsy? I THINK NOT!!!So for those of you who are jumping to conclusions it just shows everybody else that you are a55holes!!My thoughts & prayers are with Brad's family & friends!!May God bring the comfort & guidence you need to get through this sad time.
Maggie

Bristol, TN

#40 Jan 17, 2008
WhoCares wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone is Assuming drugs are the reason because he has had atleast one or two times a year where he makes the news... not for a new movie! but for being arrested for stealing and/or drug abuse. Im just amazed that all of you idiots are saying good things about him. Sure he was a "NICE GUY" but unfortunatly holding a few doors open for people doesnt make you a good person. Maybe if he wasnt off shooting up he could have spent more time with his grandmother. Too bad though right? everyone quit crying. none of you knew him and neither did i. Whoopdee do. I agree. we lost a druggie and a theif.
well, you're just precious
Maggie

Bristol, TN

#41 Jan 17, 2008
oh please wrote:
<quoted text>
I've been addicted to hard drugs....been on the spike for over ten years..
I have been clean for just over six months..
I have never gotten any symphathy from anyone...no love....just ridicule and bitterness.....and here this kid was doing what I did...and he died....and you fall on your knees and holler to the heavens about how sweet he was..
I was raside very well....am a good decent person...NEVER stole to support my habits...always worked and payed my bills....and I guarrantee you...you all would call me scum because I was a junkie......but this kid was cute...and it wasn't HIS fault he was a druggie....he was such a victim..right?
You all would say I was an evil man for 'choosing' to do drugs..
Just goes to show...if you are popular...people treat you better than the average guy...and you can 'do no wrong'..
yes, it was his fault he was on drugs or a junkie or whatever you want to call him. he didn't have to do drugs the first time he did them. i'm sure nobody held him prisoner and forced dope on him til he was addicted.

were you forced to do drugs? probably not. you chose to do it. so did he. you both took your lives in your own hands and made stupid decisions.

from reading your post it doesn't take a lot to figure out why all you get is bitterness. people can only take so much of this POOR PITIFUL ME crap before they get a belly full.
sara

Cookeville, TN

#42 Jan 17, 2008
i am sorry for the the family. i will keep you all in my parys and god bless you and your family.
kville

Brentwood, TN

#43 Jan 17, 2008
livin it wrote:
The human race never ceases to amaze me. To the "Oh Please" author..... how dare you write a comment like this in a time of someone's death. And it is not really even about Brad, but about a bitter "you". Regardless of "your" situation, "you" are alive !! I went to school with this young man's father, and I also lost a son in 2001 due to an addiction; not my son's, but the drunk driver who hit him and killed him. In this time, I have started working in A&D treatment and let me congratulate you you on your time clean, but, there is obvisously a few things that you have not learned in your 6 months clean time. You and your "poor pitiful me attitude".... You're still alive - and clean - aren't you ? Have you ever been to a meeting where they sit a chair empty in the middle of the floor and pray for the one who will die tonite ? Or a moment of silence for those who will die tonite ? The "greatful recovering addict" has sympathy on those who have not ACCOMPLISHED sobriety yet. Addiction is a disease, just like diabetes. You know it will get worse, but when in active addiction, your mind will justify your use, just like a diabetic eating sweets.
I wanted to rip the man's head off that killed my son, but I prayed to God for the understanding of the heart of that man and those in addiction and now I work with these people day in and day out and I see the tears and the uphill struggle that they face every day.
livin it, what strength you must have to show such mercy, compassion, and understanding. People like you restore my faith in the goodness of humanity.

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