Adam Rich, former 'Eight Is Enough' child star, dies at 54

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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. He was 54.

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Rich died Saturday at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, said Lt.

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Rich had a limited acting career after starring at age 8 as Nicholas Bradford, the youngest of eight children, on the ABC hit dramedy that ran from from 1977 to 1981.

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He had several run-ins with police related to drugs and alcohol — and sought treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage.

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Rich suffered from a type of depression that defied treatment and he had tried to erase the stigma of talking about mental illness, said publicist Danny Deraney.

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Rich discussed his mental health on Twitter and noted in October that he'd been sober for seven years.

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