Actor Luke Westlake Dies Aged 26 | 22 Words

Actor Luke Westlake has tragically died aged just twenty-six.

His cause of death has since been confirmed. Read on for the full story...

The devastating news comes as a shock to everyone...

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Tributes from his fans and friends have already come pouring in...

After graduating from one of the UK's top drama schools, Westlake went on to appear in Luther, as well as BBC dramas No Offence and Doctors.

But the inquest heard that Westlake was stressed about the loss of work due to the pandemic and breaking up with a long-distance girlfriend.

Westlake graduated in 2017 from ArtsEd drama school, where artists such as Yungblood were first discovered.

He played the role of Adam Miller in ITV's Dark Heart as well as Dean Wayne in the 3rd series of No Offence.

A spokesman for the drama school said on Twitter: "Today we pay tribute to Luke Westlake, BA acting 2017 graduate. A passionate individual, creative soul and brilliant actor, we are immensely saddened to hear of his passing."

The BWH Agency, which represented Westlake said it was "with extreme sadness we honor our beautiful client Luke Westlake.

"Luke was an exceptionally brilliant, instinctive and truly transformative actor whose passing is nothing short of a tragedy."

The cause of death was concluded as a suicide following a post mortem examination...

​And a toxicologist discovered THC in Westlake's body, showing heavy cannabis use.

As well as this, the inquest at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, was told that in the months before his death Westlake had been desperately seeking therapy for childhood abuse.

Classmates from his drama school have since set up The Luke Westlake Scholarship, rewarding a student with more than £3,000 ($4,105) worth of financial support for their first years in the industry.

Rest in peace.

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