Houston Tumlin, ‘Talladega Nights’ actor, dies at 28

Sarah Carty
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Houston Tumlin, who played Will Ferrell’s son in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, has died at the age of 28.

According to People, the Shelby County coroner in Alabama confirmed the former child actor died by suicide.

Houston Tumlin with his dog
Houston Tumlin, who played Will Ferrell’s son in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, has died at the age of 28. Photo: Instagram

Houston’s one and only acting credit was in the 2006 film, where he played Walker Bobby, the son of Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby.

His girlfriend posted a tribute on her Facebook page, writing: "I've never experienced a hurt like this before. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty.

"My heart is absolutely shattered. My sweet, sweet baby... Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life."

“I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter, and oh man could the list go on.

Houston Tumlin and Will Ferrell
Houston’s one and only acting credit was in the 2006 film, where he played Walker Bobby, the son of Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby. Photo: Instagram

“I love you so much Houston Lee and thank you for loving me so passionately and unapologetically for the time we had each other.”

According to TMZ, Houston was reportedly serving in the Army's 101st Airborne Division in 2015.

In 2017, Houston posted a photo of him as a child, alongside Will Ferrell, writing: “Throwback to me and my dad, Ricky Bobby.”

Actor Grayson Russell (L) and Houston Tumlin arrive at the premiere of
In February, Houston uploaded an image of himself and Grayson Crussell, who played little brother Texas Ranger Bobby. Photo: Getty Images

In February, Houston uploaded an image of himself and Grayson Crussell, who played little brother Texas Ranger Bobby.

“Tell me a set of “brothers” more handsome. I’ll wait,” he wrote.

The last picture Houston posted to Instagram was one of his dog, alongside the caption:” My daughter’s prettier than yours”

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