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Evan Helmuth, 'The Devil Inside' Actor, Dies At 40 (Photo)

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Actor Evan Helmuth has died at the age of 40.

Helmuth is reported to have passed away July 17 after complications from a stroke, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor, an alumnus of Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy and the USC School of Dramatic Arts, was known for his leading role in "The Devil Inside," along with several roles in other film and TV projects.

"The Devil Inside" was Helmuth's first leading role, and the movie grossed more than $100 million with a budget of only $1 million.

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"[He's] a vulnerable soul," said Helmuth of his character in the film, Father David Keane, during an interview with Shock Ya. "I think a lot of people are in that state, looking to science and religion for answers. It 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."

His TV credits include roles on "Bones," "Perception," "Rizzoli & Isles," "Alias," and "CSI: NY." He had a role in "Garfield," and gained positive reviews from critics for his role in "Fever Pitch," in which he played the best friend of Jimmy Fallon's character, according to Heavy.

He also appeared in the Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs," playing alongside Ashton Kutcher.

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Friends paid tribute to the late actor on social media.

"Shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of my [Interlochen Arts Academy] classmate, actor Evan Helmuth," wrote singer-songwriter Casey Stratton on Twitter. "Such fond memories. Gone way too soon."

"There is a certain shock when one of the bright lights of your youth shuts off that cuts you to the core," Stratton added. "RIP, Evan Helmuth."

"RIP to one of my oldest pals in LA," tweeted actor Zach Sewyn, "If you knew Evan Helmuth you were lucky."

"Be well my friend," wrote Sewyn, including a still from "Dead and Breakfast."

"Rest in peace, brother," wrote actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Josh Appelbaum, who co-wrote the episode of "Alias" that Helmuth guest starred in, said that the actor was "the warmest, most generous soul imaginable," according to Deadline.

"His passion for this industry was only outweighed by his passion for his friends," said Appelbaum. "We met over 20 years ago at USC, where Evan was an instant lightning rod on the stage."

"He loved his craft, he loved entertaining audiences and he was as good as it gets at both," recalled Appelbaum. "His life and legacy will never be forgotten by the countless broken hearts around Los Angeles tonight."

Helmuth is survived by his sister, Erika, and his stepmother, Paula.

​Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Heavy, Deadline, Shock Ya / Photo credit: DRs KulturarvsProjekt/Flickr, REX/Shutterstock via Deadline, Will Jackson/Flickr

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