Jackson Odell “loved his life” and was “so ready to live.”
The ‘Goldbergs’ singer-and-actor was found unresponsive at his home in Tarzana, California, last week at the age of just 20 and, although many people are suspecting his passing was suicide, his friends are refusing to believe he took his own life.
Speaking to The Sun Online, American comedian Josh Wolf, whose son Jacob was best friends with Jackson, said: “It is important people know this was not a sad kid.
“This is a young man who lost his life and the truth of the matter is that he was so ready to live, so it was a complete shock to all of us to find out he had passed.
“There was no part of Jackson that was suicidal and Jackson should not be lumped in with anyone that is suicidal, or that was looking for a way out.
“Whatever his past was, I can tell you I have known Jackson for six years, through whatever, and there was never a moment in time when this kid did not love life.
“He was ready to live, to share his gift, to spread love, be loved and enjoy life. Jackson loved being round his friends and family and playing his music and laughing and smiling. No matter what was happening in his life, those things never changed.
“It is a shame that as a young man who celebrated life so intensely, that whatever he may or may not done at some point in time, is what people are now focusing on.”
Jackson’s tragic death came just days after Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain had taken their own lives and Josh is fuming the he has been put in the same category.
He explained: “I read an article that mentioned Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade then Jackson. I was like, ‘this is not right, he is not them.
“Jackson was really truly all about love. He wanted to give love, receive deep love and his arms were constantly wide open. It makes it that much more difficult to comprehend what has happened. He just had so much to share.”
Jackson’s family confirmed his death last week via Twitter.