‘NYPD Blue’ child star Austin Majors dead at 27

Austin Majors, who played Theo Sipowicz on “NYPD Blue,” has died. He was just 27.

Per TMZ, the former child star was found dead at a homeless housing facility in Los Angeles Saturday night.

Austin Majors headshot in blue.
Austin Majors died of a suspected fentanyl overdose at the age of 27.Austin Majors

While no official cause of death has been revealed, sources told the outlet they suspect Majors died from a fentanyl overdose.

The late actor’s family also confirmed the news to the outlet on Monday and released a statement about what “a loving, artistic, brilliant, and kind human being” Majors was.

Majors starred on the hit true crime series from 1999 to 2004.
Gordon Clapp, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Bill Clark, Dennis Franz, Austin Majors
Majors starred on the hit true crime series from 1999 to 2004.


“Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career. He was an active Eagle Scout and graduated Salutatorian in High School. He went on to graduate from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a passion of directing and music producing,” the statement read.

It further detailed that “Austin’s younger sister, Kali, says her fondest memories with Austin were growing up on set with him, volunteering at events with ‘Kids With a Cause,’ and backpacking together.”

His family concluded their statement by describing him as “the kind of son, brother, grandson, and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever.”

Austin Majors on the red carpet.
The late actor was reportedly found dead in a homeless shelter.

Majors first rose to fame for his role on the true crime show from 1999 to 2004, which scored him the 2002 Young Artists Award for Best Performance in a Television Series.

He was later nominated for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role for his role in “Treasure Planet.” 

Dennis Franz holding Austin Majors.
Majors family described him as a “loving, artistic, brilliant, and kind human being.”
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The late actor also worked on some other notable shows and movies, including, “ER,” “An Accidental Christmas” and “Volare.”

His final credited performance was in “Girls’ Night In” in 2021.

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