Jason Davis, the grandson of philanthropist Barbara Davis and late studio chief Marvin Davis, died Sunday at age 35. The cause of death is unknown.
Jason is the son of wine grower Nebil Zarif and TV host and philanthropist Nancy Davis Rickel, who is the daughter of Marvin and Barbara.
Though Jason had been open about his struggles with substance abuse — appearing on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2010-11 — most recently he had been committed to his recovery and had co-founded the charity Cure Addiction Now. For the past year and a half, he dedicated himself to the organization, which will be funding groundbreaking research to find therapies to help stop the cycle of substance use disorder and help people not only detox but stay in permanent recovery.
At the time of his death, he also working on a TV show titled The Two Jasons.
Jason also has several acting credits on IMDB.com. Among the more notable credits is a voice role in Disney’s animated series Recess in the late ’90s, but he also had small parts in TV series Roseanne and 7th Heaven and the films Rush Hour and Beverly Hills Ninja in the ’90s.
Jason has two brothers, Brandon and Alexander, along with two half-sisters, Isabella and Mariella Rickel, from his mother’s second marriage, to Ken Rickel.
His grandfather, the late Denver oilman Marvin Davis, bought 20th Century Fox in 1981 and sold it four years later to Rupert Murdoch for a profit reported to be more than $300 million. Marvin also owned the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Pebble Beach golf course around that time.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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