Former Child Star, Diest At 54.

Adam Rich, the child actor with a pageboy mop-top who charmed TV audiences as “America’s little brother” on “Eight is Enough,” has died at the age of 54. Rich died on Saturday at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, according to Lt. Aimee Earl of the Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s office. The cause of death is currently under investigation, but it is not considered suspicious.

Rich first rose to fame at the age of 8 when he starred as Nicholas Bradford, the youngest of eight children, on the ABC hit dramedy “Eight is Enough,” which ran from 1977 to 1981. Despite his success on the show, Rich struggled to maintain a career in acting after it ended.

In 2002, Rich was arrested for driving under the influence after nearly striking a parked California Highway Patrol cruiser in a freeway lane closed for maintenance. In 1991, he was arrested for attempting to break into a pharmacy and in October of that same year, he was arrested for allegedly stealing a drug-filled syringe at a hospital where he was being treated for a dislocated shoulder.

Rich’s struggles with substance abuse and legal issues are unfortunately not uncommon for child actors who find success at a young age. The pressure and fame that comes with being in the spotlight can often be overwhelming and lead to negative consequences.

Despite his personal struggles, Rich will always be remembered for his role on “Eight is Enough” and the joy he brought to audiences. Betty Buckley, who played his stepmother on the show, remembered Rich fondly on Instagram, saying she was shocked to learn of his death and referred to him as a “light,” her “young pal” on set and a friend ever since.

“I adored him and loved working with him,” Buckley said. “He was so sweet, funny, fresh and natural. He brought a lot of joy to all of us on the show and to our audiences.”

Adam Rich’s death is a reminder of the challenges that child actors can face and the importance of supporting them as they navigate the entertainment industry. While his time on “Eight is Enough” may have been short, Rich will always be remembered as a beloved part of television history.