Davis was the grandson of philanthropist Barbara Davis and late studio chief Marvin Davis. His mother, Nancy Davis Rickel, confirmed the sad news in a statement to Fox News.
"I am so heartbroken to share the saddest news of my life that my son Jason Davis Passed away this morning in Los Angeles," the statement reads. Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life. He was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him. He loved his friends and his family above all else. We ask for privacy as we take time to grieve this most devastating loss .”
The cause of Jason’s death is currently unknown. The Hollywood Reporter notes that he was previously open about his struggles with substance abuse, even appearing on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” in 2010 and 2011. In addition, he co-founded the charity, Cure Addiction Now, which seeks to help people detox and remain permanently sober.
Deadline notes that, in addition to voiceover work on “Recess,” Davis appeared on sitcoms like “Dave’s World” and “Roseanne” when he was a child. He went on to have roles in major films like “Rush Hour,” “Beverly Hills Ninja” and “Mafia!”
Davis’ grandfather is known for purchasing 20th Century Fox in 1981 only to sell it to Rupert Murdoch four years later for a reportedly massive profit. His grandmother founded the Carousel of Hope Ball, which seeks to fund Type 1 diabetes treatment and research.
The outlet reports that Jason is survived by two brothers, Brandon and Alexander, as well as two half-sisters, Isabella and Mariella Rickel from his mother’s second marriage.