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‘Goldbergs’ Star Jackson Odell Dead at 20

The Cause of Death Was Not Revealed

Actor and singer-songwriter Jackson Odell, who is known for his recurring role as Ari Caldwell on ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” died Friday at a home in Tarzana, California, according to TMZ. He was 20 years old. The cause of death was not revealed and no foul play is suspected.

Aside from his role on “The Goldbergs,” Odell also has guest roles on comedies “iCarly,” “Modern Family” and “Arrested Development.” He also appeared in the 2011 movie “Judy Moody” and the “Not Bummer Summer.”

Odell was penned original songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 romantic drama film “Forever My Girl,” including “Wings of an Angel,” which “American Idol” contestant Lauren Alaina sang for the film.

“He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul,” Odell’s famly said Sunday on Twitter. “He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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