Hollywood socialite and reality television star Jason “Gummi Bear” Davis has died at the age of 35, after battling addiction and health issues for several years.
Jason was constant figure in the Hollywood nightclub scene, handing with his brother Brandon Davis and celebrity pals like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
His death was announced by his mother, Nancy, who told The Hollywood Reporter, “I am so heartbroken to share the saddest news of my life that my son Jason Davis passed away this morning in Los Angeles. Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life. He was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him. He loved his friends and his family above all else. We ask for privacy as we take time to grieve this most devastating loss.”
She continued, “Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life, he was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him.”
Jason Davis is the grandson of Hollywood studio boss Marvin Davis and philanthropist Barbara Davis. His grandpa Marvin bought 20th Century Fox in 1981 and sold it years later to Rupert Murdoch for $300 million profit. Davis also owned the Beverly Hills Hotel and Pebble Beach Golf Course.
Davis was found dead Sunday, but his specific cause of death is unknown.
Jason got the nickname “Gummi Bear” by the paparazzi covering the scene at the time, and he even got a diamond-covered gummi bear necklace that he wore from time to time.
Jason was open about his ongoing drug addiction, even appearing on ‘Celebrity Rehab’ With Dr. Drew. He was photographed recently looking very disheveled in a part of Los Angeles known for its drug sales. But, it was reported he had been focused on his recovery and co-founded the charity Cure Addiction Now.
According to THR, “For the past year and a half, Davis 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.”