• David Gail died at the age of 58
  • Drugs were the cause of death
  • He starred in 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

New details about the death of David Gail have been revealed in a recent statement. The actor became famous for his roles in 'Port Charles' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210' in the nineties. This was his cause of death...

David Gail's cause of death: How he died

David Gail's cause of death is known. He died on January 16, 2024, at the age of 58 from anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. This was a brain injury caused by a lack of blood supply following resuscitation.

The resuscitation was due to cardio-pulmonary arrest caused by drug intoxication. The substances included amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol, and fentanyl, according to a statement issued by Gail's spokesperson on behalf of his family.

David Gail: Statement from his mother

Mary Painter, Gail's mother, shared her deepest sorrow over the death of her son "It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way."

She went on to explain that David became dependent on medication after several operations on his hands and wrists many years ago. He lived in so much pain for almost a decade that he was unable to work. 

David Gail struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and eventually turned to alternative pain management methods such as acupuncture and natural medicines. "I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources," added his mother.

The late actor's mother expressed hope that David's death would raise awareness of the dangers of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic. "David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters," she emphasized.

Rest in peace:

David Gail began his acting career in the early 1990s with roles in series such as 'Growing Pains' and 'Doogie Howser, M.D.'. In 'Beverly Hills, 90210' he played "Stuart Carson", the fiancé of Shannen Doherty's character "Brenda Walsh", and in 'Savannah' he played "Dean Collins". From 1999 to 2000, he played the role of "Dr. Joe Scanlon" in more than 200 episodes of the 'General Hospital' spin-off 'Port Charles'.