Coroner's report says B.C.-born teenage actor died from fentanyl overdose
VANCOUVER — A B.C. coroner's report says teenage actor Logan Williams, who played the young Barry Allen in CW's "The Flash," died from a fentanyl overdose.
Williams, who was born in Coquitlam, B.C., was 16 when he died on April 2, 2020.
The report released Thursday lists "acute drug toxicity" as the cause of death, which was classified as accidental.
The report dated May 10 says Williams had a history of consuming illicit substances.
Williams started acting at the age of 10 and appeared in other television shows, including "When Calls the Heart'' and "The Whispers.''
The report says Williams had been in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development since 2019.
On the evening before his death, it says he was reported missing to police but when he returned at about 11 p.m. to the place he was receiving care, Williams "appeared agitated and under the influence of a substance."
The report says he last spoke to staff at about 4 a.m. on April 2, and he was the subject of hourly checks and appeared to be sleeping.
When they tried to wake him at about 9:30 a.m., he was unresponsive and wasn't breathing.
When paramedics arrived, they did not try to resuscitate him because "it was apparent that Logan was deceased," says the report.
Drug paraphernalia was found near his body, it says.
On Feb. 26, 2020, Williams was resuscitated after an overdose and diagnosed with a "significant" brain injury that affected his memory and functioning, the report says. Williams wanted treatment, it says, and was discharged from hospital to a specialized care centre with recommendations for supervision.
The report says at that time, medical professionals documented that the actor was at "high risk for serious injury or death."
It says the ministry was completing a review of the death and a health authority conducted a review of his placement at the unnamed facility. It says the society responsible for the placement implemented a number of recommendations in the fall of 2020 for additional procedures and training including safety plans, bed checks and responding to medical emergencies.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 9, 2021.
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