More terrible news is coming in to start the new week as Lorenzo Brino, the former child actor who starred on the '90s television series 7th Heaven, has passed away. Reportedly, Brino had been driving his Toyota Camry at around 3 a.m. on Monday in California's San Bernardino County when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole. Brino was the only occupant of the single-car accident and was pronounced dead on the scene when emergency responders arrived. The young actor was just 21 years old.
"To my dear sweet nephew, your loss left a hole in my heart. God needed another Angel and he took you," Brino's aunt, Janet Brino, says of the actor's sudden passing. She adds: "Please watch over your mom and dad. You sister Mimi, brothers, Antonio, Zachary and Nicholas ... You got a big job up there." YouTuber Stephen Dulay, a friend of Brino's, also posted a tribute video to remember the actor. "The amount of people he touched with his character and charm was unbelievable. He was a loyal friend and an amazing brother," the description reads.
A former child star, Brino is best known for starring on the television series 7th Heaven, which ran for 11 seasons between 1996 and 2006. The show follows the family of a Protestant minister, his wife, and their seven children. Originally, the series began with five children, making the Camdens a family of seven. Brino and his real-life twin brother Nikolas would enter the series as infants when the Camdens had twin boys in the show's third season, and the Brino twins would then essentially grow up with the series. Their roles were expanded as they got older, with the two serving as main characters from seasons six through eleven.
The Brino twins were also recognized at awards season for their work as child actors on 7th Heaven. In 2007, the pair were nominated together for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) for young actors aged ten or younger at the Young Artist Awards. The following year, Lorenzo and Nikolas were both nominated for the same award, but this time, they were nominated separately. In 2007, the twins lost out to Noah Gray-Cabey for Heroes on NBC, while in 2008, it was Dylan Minnette who got the win for Saving Grace on TNT.
The pain felt by Brino's family and friends at this time must be practically unbearable, and we send our condolences to them at this time. It goes without saying that 21 is far too young, and this news is just as shocking as it is heartbreaking. Still, the amount of love pouring in for Brino on social media shows just how many lives he was able to reach during the short time he was here with us. Rest in peace. You can watch the tribute video for Brino made by his friend on YouTube posted below, along with a touching post left by his sister on Instagram. This news comes to us from TMZ.