Adam Rich, who played the charming Nicholas in Eight is Enough, was discovered dead at the age of 54. The cause of death has not been made public yet.
Danny Deraney, Rich’s publicist, described him in a statement as “just a great guy.”
“He was kind, generous and a warrior in the fight against mental illness,” Deraney tweeted. “Adam had no ego whatsoever. He was selfless and always cared for those he cared about. That’s why many people who grew up with it feel sad and like a part of their childhood is gone.”
Rich’s death was first reported by TMZ, which cited a family member. Deraney told the Associated Press that Rich struggled with an incurable form of depression. He had maintained his sobriety despite years of trying experimental treatments that had failed. Deraney claimed that the last few weeks when they couldn’t connect with Rich were worrying.
Rich, who was known for his smile, rose to stardom on television from 1977 to 1981 playing Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son, on Eight Is Enough. The television series “Code Red”, “Dungeons & Dragons”, and “And Baywatch” also featured Rich as a star. The actor also appeared in David Spade’s 2003 film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
He added, “I don’t know why this happened, but I know I am sick,” in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel in 1991. I am afflicted. I am truly sorry and ashamed of myself for this entire incident. I began to understand that I had been working since I was 15 years old.
I was so worn out that I thought I was almost ready to retire. I believe it was a rebellious move on my part to say, “Hey, I’m not adorable little Nicholas,” and I started hanging out with the wrong crowd.