Evergreen-raised songwriter, actor Odell dies

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The 20-year-old was found unresponsive in his California home on Friday

By Corinne Westeman

Jackson Odell, a 20-year-old songwriter and actor formerly of Evergreen, was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley, Calif., home on Friday, according to multiple news reports.

The cause of death is still under investigation.
Odell’s family released a statement on Twitter: “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well.”

Odell grew up in Evergreen, attending Rocky Mountain Academy and singing in the Children’s Chorale.

In 2007, he and his family moved to the Los Angeles area, while Odell pursued a career in film and music. He appeared on the TV show “The Goldbergs,” among others, and recently co-wrote songs for the movie “Forever My Girl.”

In a January interview with the Canyon Courier about his work on the movie’s soundtrack, Odell said he was proud of his hometown.

“Evergreen conjures up this sense of humility and hometown pride, and … I’ll never forget it,” Odell said. “Those people and that place is what made me. … I want them to be proud of me because I’m so proud of the people there.”