How did the actor die?
Deadline reports that Helmuth died after a bout with a brief illness. It remains unclear what the specifics of his illness were, or whether his family will choose to share them with his fans in the coming days. He is survived by his sister Erica and his stepmother Paula.
Helmuth was an alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He later attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts, but as Hollywood.com notes, he struggled to break into Hollywood right way.
Helmuth spent the first few years of his career working in short films and voice acting roles, at last connecting with audiences in the 2005 romantic comedy Fever Pitch. As the best friend of Jimmy Fallon‘s character, Helmuth earned positive reviews from critics, and the film proved a moderate success at the box office.
Helmuth’s biggest film, and his only leading role, came with the 2015 horror film The Devil Inside. Despite earning negative reviews from critics, the film grossed over $100 million worldwide on a budget of $1 million, and exposed Helmuth to a wider audience.
In an interview with Shock Ya!, the actor said that the film “really makes the audience invested and that’s why we’ve gotten such a strong response from the end. People were really living alongside these characters.” He added that his character of Father David Keane was a relatable one for viewers: “[He’s] a vulnerable soul. I think a lot of people are in that state, looking to science and religion for answers.”
Several of Helmuth’s friends took to social media to pay their respects, including singer-songwriter Casey Stratton, who was a classmate of the actor at Interlochen. He wrote “There is a certain shock when one of the bright lights of your youth shuts off that cuts you to the core. RIP, Evan Helmuth.”
Fellow actor Zach Sewyn mourned Helmuth with a memory of happier times, writing “RIP to one of my oldest pals in LA- if u knew Evan Helmuth u we’re lucky. Be well my friend… this pic from “Dead and Breakfast.”