On June 8, 2018, viewers were shocked by the news of the death of Jackson Odell, the actor best known for his role as Ari Caldwell on The Goldbergs.
His mother, Jody, honors his memory to this day by trying to keep him alive to the world as much as possible.
Who is Jackson’s mom Odella Jodi?
Jackson’s mom Odella Jodie is married to Jason, with whom she had another child, Jenna.
Her Instagram reveals that she is “a design lover, storyteller and creator of spaces.”
Trying to get through life without her beloved son Jackson, Jodie tries to honor his legacy by posting pictures on her social media profile with a few words to help the world remember his name.
On June 9, 2022, Jodie shared a touching post on Instagram in memory of her son – four years after his death – along with a photo of Jackson looking at the mountains.
She said: “Wherever your big beautiful soul is in the other world, I hope it is filled with every single note of every song ever written.
“I hope all your existential questions about the world, the wonders of life and your curiosity about science have been answered.
“May all your dreams come true and your heart be filled with endless joy. I hope you feel my endless love for you enveloping you and hugging you tightly.
“I hope you dance in the moonlight and your great energy splashes and shines among the brightest stars. You are so bored. You are so loved.
“Four years feels like an eternity.”
He would have turned 24 in 2021, and to remember him on his birthday, she shared a couple more touching words along with a portrait of Jackson.
She said, “Those blue eyes. That mischievous smile. This is a big heart and adventurous spirit. We honor you today @jaxnodell.
“I can only imagine who you would be at 24 and what amazing things you would do. Until our souls meet again and intertwine in eternal love, I will continue to celebrate all that has made you wonderful.”
Who was Jackson Odell?
Jackson Odell was born on July 2, 1997 in Colorado, USA.
He is best known for his role as student Ari Caldwell in the ABC comedy The Goldbergs.
His first acting opportunity came when he was 12 when he played Max in Private Practice.
He went on to appear in other shows such as iCarly where he played Gumbo, Jessie as Gale, Modern Family where he played Ted Durcas and played the role of a skateboarder in Arrested Development.
In 2018, he also had the opportunity to compose the music for the film Forever My Girl.
What happened to Jackson Odell?
On June 8, 2018, Jackson was found dead in a sober home – an alcohol and drug recovery facility – in San Fernando Valley, California.
He was less than a month away from his birthday celebration, which would have been his 21st birthday.
His family tweeted: “The Odell family has lost our beloved son and brother Jackson Odell.
“He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much to share.
“Our family will always carry this truth forward. We want the rest of the world to do the same. Now we will try to sort out our immeasurable loss privately.
On August 27, 2018, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s report stated that the actor died from “acute heroin and cocaine intoxication.”