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Austin Majors, child actor from 'NYPD Blue,' dead at 27

“Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career," sister Kali Majors-Raglin said.
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Actor Austin Majors arrives at the Young Artist Awards at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles on March 29, 2009.Angela Weiss / WireImage file

LOS ANGELES — Austin Majors, a child actor who got his start on "NYPD Blue," has died. He was 27.

Majors, who also went by the name Austin Setmajer-Raglin, died Saturday at a residence, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.

"Austin Majors (Setmajer-Raglin) was an artistic, brilliant and kind human being," his sister, Kali Majors-Raglin, said Monday. "Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career."

A cause of death has not been determined pending further investigation, the coroner's office said.

Majors was born in 1995, and by the end of the decade he was portraying Theo, the son of "NYPD Blue" protagonist Andy Sipowicz, a detective played by Dennis Franz.

Majors appeared in 48 episodes through the mid-2000s, according to IMDb. He also appeared on other prime-time shows, including "E.R.," "According to Jim," "NCIS" and "How I Met Your Mother." He performed in a relatively wide range of TV and film projects, including "Desperate Housewives," "American Dad!" and the animated feature "Treasure Planet."

"Most people will remember him as young Theo Sipowicz on ABC’s 'NYPD Blue' and the voice of Young Jim in Disney’s 'Treasure Planet', but we will remember him as the caring, generous, and kindhearted individual that he was," Philip Marcus, a director at Clear Talent Group, which represented Majors for several years, said in a statement. "Austin’s talents were boundless."

Kali Majors-Raglin, an actor who has appeared on “ER” and “NCIS,” said that after having graduated from the University of Southern California, where he studied film and television production, her brother displayed "a passion" for "directing and music producing."

She said her brother "never knew a stranger and his goal in life was to make people happy."

She said the two liked to backpack and volunteer at Kids With a Cause events.

"Austin was the kind of son, brother, grandson, and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever," she said.