Star Trek vet Jon Paul Steuer’s January death at age 33 is ruled a suicide
The death of former Star Trek actor Jon Paul Steuer has been ruled a suicide.
Jon, who was 33 years old, died on January 1 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to The Blast, citing the Portland, Oregon police on Monday.
As a child, Jon played Alexander Rozhenko, the son of Klingon Worf, an officer on the USS Enterprise in The Next Generation saga of the sci-fi series.
Final word: The death of former Star Trek child actor Jon Paul Steuer at 33 has been ruled a suicide Portland, Oregon police revealed on Monday, six months after his passing
He also held other memorable roles in the 1990s including Johnny Vennaro in pee-wee football classic, Little Giants.
And he was a regular as Quentin Kelly in Grace Under Fire, created by Big Bang Theory’s Chuck Lorre and Brett Butler, before quitting acting in 1996.
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Jon went on to forge a career as a musician and restaurateur as he bowed out of the spotlight.
However tributes still poured in for the star from loyal Star Trek fans who remembered him from the show.
When news of his death surfaced, the official Facebook account for the show wrote a tribute reading: ‘Rest in Peace, Jon Paul Steuer, the first actor to play Alexander in TNG. You will be deeply missed.’
His bandmates from the group P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S confirmed his death in a heartbreaking tribute on Facebook in early January.
‘The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much-needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did,’ they wrote.
Sad times: The child star died of self-inflicted gun shot wounds in Portland, Oregon
‘He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer…
‘We’ve lost our singer, but far, far more than that we’ve lost a friend. Rest in peace, Jonny…we love you.”
Jon was the first actor to play the Alexander, a child Klingon who was the son of The Next Generation regular Worf.
His first appearance in the show was in the 1990 episode of the show, Reunion.
Paying respect: The Facebook account for the show wrote a tribute reading: ‘Rest in Peace, Jon Paul Steuer, the first actor to play Alexander in TNG. You will be deeply missed’
Jon went on to star in ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire, leaving after three seasons.
Two seasons later, the show was canceled, with the final years plagued by lead actress Brett Butler’s substance abuse problems.
Jon quit acting partly because of the negative attention the show and Brett received, he said in a 2015 AV Club interview.
‘I wanted to forge on with acting after quitting the show, and I went out on a few interviews,’ he said. ‘But even then they’d turn into question-and-answer sessions with casting agents about Grace Under Fire.
‘I was kind of blown away by how unprofessional people inside the industry were. It really soured me. I didn’t want that kind of attention.’
Sad times: The beloved legion of fans of the show, known among themselves as Trekkies, took to the social media site to write: ‘Oh no the young little boy actor back then who played TV Star Trek’s TNG Work’s part klingon/part human son Alexander’
Trekkies’ tributes: Fans flooded social media with memorials for Jon after his death
After leaving acting, Jon joined the glam punk band Kill City Thrillers, which changed its name to Soda Pop Kids in 2005.
He used the name Jonny P Jewels when he performed as lead singer for the band before it dissolved in 2009. He joined P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. a little over a year ago.
Following the announcement of Jon’s death, the legion of fans of the show, known as Trekkies, took to Facebook with tributes.
One person wrote: ‘RIP actor Jon Paul Steuer gone too soon in life..Live long and prosper in the heavens…. Too bad they don’t allow pictures. I was going to put a pic of the Klingon death roar like I did on another page. :(…
‘So I will just say he was a good actor and he will always be remembered… It would be nice to see a Klingon memorial placed for him too.. May you find your way to StoVoKor!… That sucks. Hopefully he’s found some peace finally… Sad news, may he rest in peace.’
Sadly missed: After his years of acting as a child star, Jon went on to forge a career as a musician and restaurateur as he bowed out of the spotlight – however tributes poured in for the star from loyal Star Trek fans who remember the star from his stint on the show
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