Lorenzo Brino, who played the role of Sam Camden in 7th Heaven, has passed away at the age of 21.
He died from injuries he sustained during a car accident in California on March 9 around 3 a.m., TMZ reports. He lost control of the car while driving and “collided with a utility pole,” according to a press release from the San Bernardino Coroner’s Office. Brino was the only occupant in the vehicle. The incident is currently being investigated.
From 1999 to 2007, Brino and his brother starred as twins David and Sam on the show, the youngest children of Annie and Eric Camden.
In a video tribute posted on YouTube, Brino was commemorated as a “beautiful soul” by a friend. “From Sept. 21 -March 9, 2020 we were blessed to have Lorenzo Brino’s Beautiful soul in our lives,” his friend wrote with the video, which included footage of the two friends working out. “The amount of people he touched with his character and charm was unbelievable. He was a loyal friend and an amazing brother. He would always get my back no matter what. Rest In Peace Brother.”
Brino’s aunt, Janet Brino told TMZ, “To my dear sweet nephew, your loss left a hole in my heart. God needed another Angel and he took you. Please watch over your mom and dad. You sister Mimi, brothers, Antonio, Zachary and Nicholas ... You got a big job up there.”
During the beginning of Lorenzo and his brother Nikolas’ tenure on the show, they shared their roles with their quadruplet brothers, before permanently filling the roles themselves. 7th Heaven is both brothers’ only acting credit, per IMDB.