Street Outlaws star Christopher Scott Ellis, better known by his nickname “Kentucky,” died on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as stated in his obituary posted by McDonald & New Funeral Homes. He was 39.
Ellis’ cause of death stemmed from an apparent heroin overdose, according to the police report obtained by TMZ. Cops said they were called to the reality star’s home on September 9 and found him dead. Police said he might have been dead for “several days” before they found him.
The police report stated that Ellis was “found slumped forward with his head laying on a table with a metal spoon, a liquor bottle, and a syringe nearby. Inside the syringe was a small amount of a dark liquid the officer noted as ‘consistent with heroin,’” according to TMZ. Police say that there were no signs of foul play.
Ellis is survived by his mother, Loleta Sullins; brothers Robbie Ellis, Quentin Ellis and Logan Justice; and sisters Amanda Scothorn, Alana Messer and Amanda Whobrey.
McDonald and New Funeral Homes state that a graveside service will be held for Ellis on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 1 p.m. local time.
Friends Tried to Check on Ellis Several Times Before He Was Found Dead, According to Police
Ellis’ roommate told police that he last saw him two days before he was found dead. The roommate stated that “he attempted to check on him several times but his door was closed and locked,” as reported by TMZ. The roommate said he “contacted two mutual friends to come over and get the locked door open, and that’s when they discovered he was deceased.”
Police noted that the roommate knew Ellis struggled with alcoholism but had no idea he was taking drugs such as heroin, TMZ reported. However, the two mutual friends said that they were aware Ellis had “both drinking and opiate problems,” according to the outlet.
‘Kentucky’ Was a Fan Favorite on Discovery’s ‘Street Outlaws’
Ellis, born November 7, 1980, was raised in Pendleton County, Kentucky, and graduated from the Log Cabin Learning Center in Morgan. He tried out several different career paths before landing a role at Midwest Street Cars Automotive, where the mechanic became known for his strong work ethic and wonderful sense of humor.
“Kentucky” was an original cast member when Street Outlaws first premiered on Discovery in 2013, and he continued to guest star on the show for several seasons. However, the last time he appeared on the series was in 2018, TMZ reported.
“Chris, a skilled hunter, loved spending time outdoors. He was generous and kind and knew exactly how to make the people he loved to smile,” his obituary stated. “Chris was a dearly-loved brother, son, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.”
Ellis Garnered Over 76,000 Followers on Instagram
The streetcar racing mechanic’s death has not been addressed on his official Instagram page, where he garnered over 76,000 followers. In fact, the last time Ellis posted on Instagram was back in 2017.
His final post features a black racing car with a license plate reading “Murder.” He captioned the picture, “Season finale! Who you got? JJ gonna take over this mfkr?”