Hassell’s representative told TMZ the actor was shot and killed during what appeared to be a carjacking early Sunday morning in Grand Prairie, Texas. The shooting happened outside his girlfriend’s apartment, according to TMZ. According to KPRC, the deadly shooting was reported at about 1:50 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Bardin Road. Hassell was found by police suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Houston news station reported.
No other details were given as the incident is under investigation, Hassell’s manager told Variety.
The actor, who was originally from Corsicana, Texas, according to his IMDb page, moved to Los Angeles at age 11 to pursue his acting career full-time. Hassell’s biggest role was playing series regular Phil Nance on the NBC sci-fi show Surface, which also starred Leighton Meester and Lake Bell.
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I lost a friend today and the world lost one great fucking dude. Eddie had just sent me this photo the other day. We reminisced about the good old days shooting Surface. He said we didn’t know how good we had it. I argued that we knew. We were living the dream. Edddday, my boy, I love you forever. This just fucking sucks man. If you knew Eddie or liked his work, please share a message or a memory here.
Following his death, fellow Surface actor Carter Jenkins posted a tribute to his former co-star on Instagram. He wrote:
I lost a friend today and the world lost one great f****** dude. Eddie had just sent me this photo the other day. We reminisced about the good old days shooting Surface. He said we didn’t know how good we had it. I argued that we knew. We were living the dream. Edddday, my boy, I love you forever. This just fucking sucks man. If you knew Eddie or liked his work, please share a message or a memory here.
In addition to guest-starring on numerous TV shows, including Bones, Southland, ‘Til Death and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Hassell also appeared on the big screen in movies including The Kids Are All Right with Annette Benning and Julianne Moore, and The Family Tree, which starred Rachel Leigh Cook and Dermot Mulroney.
In 2013, he appeared in Ashton Kutcher’s movie Jobs, about Steve Jobs. Hassell played Chris Espinosa, a neighbor of Jobs who was recruited at age 16 to build circuit boards in the Apple founder’s garage.
Hassell Was an Avid Skateboarder & Surfer & Was Interested in Gothic Photography
In addition to acting, Hassell was passionate about skateboarding and surfing. He said in a 2013 interview with Elle magazine, “Skateboarding’s been a huge part of my life, it also got me cast in commercials. I was into horseback riding and rodeos in Texas and when I moved to L.A., I got into skating. I did all my own stunts. I’m into anything with a board: surfing, wakeboarding.”
In September, Hassell shared a photo of himself surfing at BSR Cable Park & Surf Resort in Texas.
His Instagram page showed Hassell was also interested in gothic photography. He shared black-and-white photos of churches and castles that he visited around the world.
Hassell’s ‘Bomb City’ Producer Shared a Tribute on Instagram Following His Death
Elizabeth Martin, who was an associate producer and key makeup artist on the 2017 film Bomb City, in which Hassell played the role of Oles, shared a tribute to the late actor on Instagram.
She wrote, “You were dearer to me than all the bats in all the caves in the world, @eddie_hassell. I loved you more than the sky in Texas. You made me more mad than anyone I’ve ever met, and I loved every ounce of you for it. Rest In Peace. You’ll always have my heart.”
Bomb City Twitter account posted, “We are devastated to learn that one of our lead actors and family members was taken from us this morning way too soon. Please keep us and Eddie’s family in your prayers. #eddiehassell #bombcity #punkangel.”