Star Trek Actor Jon Paul Steuer Dead At 33

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Star Trek Actor Jon Paul Steuer has died at age 33.

The former child star was known for being the first actor to play the role of Alexander Rozhenko in the "Star Trek: Next Generation" television series, the Daily Mail reported. He died on New Year's Day.

The cause of Steuer's death remains unconfirmed, according to Oregon newspaper Willamette Week. The official Facebook page for Star Trek Online paid tribute to the late actor.

"Rest in Peace, Jon Paul Steuer, the first actor to play Alexander in TNG. You will be deeply missed," the Facebook post read.

Steuer also appeared on the comedy series "Late For Dinner" in 1991, "The Wonder Years" and "When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn," the Daily Mirror reported. He reached new levels of stardom after playing Quentin Kelly in the popular television series "Grace Under Fire."

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"Grace Under Fire" received a lot of negative press because of lead actress Brett Butler, who was reportedly behaving erratically on set. Steuer said he quit acting because of the frequent questions he would be asked about what it was like working with her.

"I wanted to forge on with acting after quitting the show, and I went out on a few interviews," Steuer said during an interview in 2015, the Daily Mirror reports. "But even then they'd turn into question-and-answer sessions with casting agents about 'Grace Under Fire.' I was kind of blown away by how unprofessional people inside the industry were. It really soured me. I didn't want that kind of attention."

"I had never really gotten into acting for the stardom or the fame or the attention," Steuer continued. "I did it because I liked acting. That show brought a lot of press and attention around me and my personal life.

"I was right on the cusp of puberty, going through that awkward stage. To be put under a microscope like that is kind of a bizarre addition to your life that obviously not a lot of other people can relate to."

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Steuer went on to become a musician. His band, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S, took to Facebook to honor his memory:

It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer. The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.

We've lost our singer, but far, far more than that we've lost a friend.

Rest in peace, Jonny...we love you.

Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 - January 1, 2018

Sources: Daily MailWillamette Week, Star Trek Online/Facebook, Daily Mirror, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S/Facebook / Featured Image: The Conmunity - Pop Culture Geek/Flickr / Embedded Images: Star Trek Online/FacebookP.R.O.B.L.E.M.S/Facebook

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