By James Hibberd
September 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM EDT
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Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter expressed sorrow over actor Johnny Lewis’ death Thursday morning, but also said he wasn’t surprised by the circumstances surrounding his passing.

The 28-year-old Lewis played Kip “Half-Sack” Epps on two seasons of the FX drama and was found dead outside a home in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. An LAPD rep says that Lewis is a suspect in the killing of his landlord, 81-year-old Catherine Davis, whose body was found inside the residence. Police have speculated that Lewis may have died from a fall after killing Davis.

“not sure if folks know this yet, but johnny lewis (halfsack) died last night,” Sutter tweeted. “the sad irony of it happening two days after Opie’s death is not lost on me. it was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. i wish i could say that i was shocked by the events last night, but i was not. i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. yes, it’s [a] day [of] mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”

The real-life death comes only a couple days after Sons made entertainment news headlines by killing off a fictional character on the show, Opie, played by Ryan Hurst.

Lewis was written out of Sons in season two. “Johnny wasn’t happy on the show. Creatively, he really wanted out of his contract. We had ongoing conversations, and we decided we’d find some noble way for him to go,” Sutter said in 2009. — Hillary Busis contributed to this report

Kurt Sutter’s original series, starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, and Katey Sagal.
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