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Actor Eddie Hassell Of 'Surface' And 'The Kids Are All Right' Is Shot To Death In Texas

Authorities are still working to determine a motive in the fatal shooting, but did confirm that “a car was taken from the scene and later recovered.”

By Jill Sederstrom
Actor Eddie Hassell Is Shot To Death In Texas

Actor Eddie Hassell, who appeared in the sci-fi series “Surface” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Kids Are All Right” was shot to death Sunday in Texas.

Grand Prairie Police said authorities received a report of a shooting in the 3000 block of West Bardin Road around 1:50 a.m. and arrived to find Hassell, 30, suffering from “apparent gunshot wounds,” according to a statement from police.

Officers provided first aid at the scene and Hassell was transported to a local hospital, where he died from the injuries.

Police said the motive in the shooting is still being investigated, however, they did say that a “a car was taken from the scene and later recovered.”

A spokesperson for the Grand Prairie Police Department declined to release any additional details of the case to Oxygen.com

Hassell’s agent confirmed the actor’s death to Variety, saying that it appeared he may have died from a carjacking.

The actor was born in Corsicana, Texas on July 16, 1990 and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11 to pursue acting, according to a 2013 profile in Elle.

Hassell most notably appeared as Phil Nance in the NBC TV show “Surface,” where he starred alongside Lake Bell and Leighton Meester. He also appeared as Clay in the Oscar-nominated film “The Kids Are All Right,” according to IMDB.

The film, which earned a best picture nod in 2011, also starred Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Annette Benning.

During his career, Hassell also appeared in “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,”“The Family Tree,” “House Of Dust,” the Steve Jobs biopic “Jobs” and the television series “Devious Maids.” His most recent acting credit was in 2017, where he appeared as a waiter in “Oh Lucy!”

In addition to acting, Hassell had been an accomplished skateboarder, which he credited with helping his acting career.

“Skateboarding’s been a huge part of my life, it also got me cast in commercials,” he told Elle. “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.”

Police are seeking information from anyone who might be able to help identify the suspect or suspects in the case. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $2,500 reward for any information in the case that leads to an arrest.

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