Joey Morgan, star of comedies Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Flower and Compadres, has died. He was 28.
“Joey Morgan passed away early Sunday morning. It was a shock and devastated all of us who loved him. He will be dearly missed. We hope everyone understands how painful this is for his loved ones and can respect boundaries and allow them to grieve in private,” a rep for the actor said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was given.
Scouts director Christopher Landon paid tribute to the actor on Twitter, writing, “Joey Morgan came into my life nearly 9 years ago when I made Scouts. He was quiet, funny, intelligent and thoughtful. And when the cameras rolled he was magnetic. He passed today and the news is heartbreaking. I am honored to have known him.”
On Instagram, Flower star Zoey Deutch posted a picture of her and Morgan with a caption that said, “Rest in peace Joey. A deeply kind, talented, special person. We love you.”
The Chicago-born Morgan made his acting debut in Paramount’s action-comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), playing the role of Augie Foster, and was one of three leads alongside Tye Sheridan and Logan Miller. The following year he was the co-lead in the Mexican-American production Compadres, a comedy in which he played a teen hacker paired up with an ex-cop played by Omar Chaparro.
In 2017, Morgan starred as the troubled teen Luke Sherman in Max Winkler’s dark comedy Flower, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Morgan was praised for his performance and was selected by Indie Wire as one of Tribeca’s breakout talents for that year.
Morgan enjoyed a prolific 2018, starring in the indie comedies Sierra Burgess Is a Loser and Camp Manna and making an appearance in the TBS comedy Angie Tribeca. His last major film credit came in 2020 in the sci-fi comedy Max Reload and the Nether Blasters.
On television, Morgan starred in an episode of Chicago Med and had a recurring role in 2019’s Critters: A New Binge.