Talladega Nights star Houston Tumlin dead by suicide at 28 after he tragically 'shot himself in the head'

CHILD actor Houston Tumlin was found dead by suicide on Tuesday at the age of 28.

He starred as Walker Bobby in 2006’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, opposite Will Ferrell as his onscreen dad.

Shelby County Coroner confirmed to The Sun that Houston died by a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head Tuesday afternoon at his Pelham, Alabama home.

The Pelham Police Department worked a death investigation on Tuesday evening.

The dead man's full name is Houston Lee Tumlin, and he was born on December 27, 1992.

That night, Houston's girlfriend Charity shared an emotional tribute to her late boyfriend.


“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, & oh man could the list go on.

She continued: "I love your smart mouth, your 'i’m always right' attitude (?), your hugs, your kisses, your touch.. Just YOU!

"I just still feel like this is a really bad dream that I can’t wake up from."

Charity concluded her note, writing: "One thing is for sure though, I have the absolute best guardian angel a girl could ever wish for cause everybody knows you don’t play about me ??


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

According to TMZ, his girlfriend was reportedly at the home when the suicide occurred at around 4:30 pm.

As of yet, no suicide note has been found at his place.

No other information will be provided at this time, but an autopsy and toxicology are currently underway.


Houston was born in Pell City, Alabama on December 27, 1992, and at the age of 14, he starred in the popular NASCAR comedy, Talladega Nights.

He played Will Ferrell’s foul-mouthed son Walker and was a scene-stealer in the movie, along with his onscreen brother, Grayson Russell, who starred as Texas Ranger Bobby.

The young kids spent most of the movie swearing, talking back and trash-talking their elders, especially their grandpa Reese Bobby, played by Gary Cole.

According to Al.com, Houston graduated from high school in 2011 and went on to serve in the Army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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