'Eight is Enough' Star Adam Rich Dead at 54

Adam Rich, who starred in the enormous hit, "Eight Is Enough" has died ... TMZ has learned.

A family member tells TMZ ... Adam died Saturday at his L.A. area home. The family member would not reveal the cause of death, but a law enforcement source tells TMZ someone came to his home and found him lifeless. The law enforcement source adds ... this was not foul play.

Adam played Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son on "Eight Is Enough." The series ran from 1977-1981.

He had other credits as well, including "Code Red" in 1981 and "Dungeons & Dragons" in 1983.

Adam made VH1's list of the greatest 100 kid stars, coming in at #73.

He retreated from show business in the '80s because he said he did not like the glare of the spotlight or, for that matter, anything celebrity-related.

Adam took up acting at Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley. His drama teacher also taught Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer and other big actors.

Sadly, Adam had substance abuse issues, which resulted in a 1991 arrest after he smashed a pharmacy window in an effort to obtain drugs. He was bailed out by d*ck Van Patten, his TV dad on "Eight Is Enough." He had other legal issues as well.

Adam's mantra -- "Life is for living, and I live my life to the fullest every day."

Adam was 54. RIP

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Melissa Gilbert is mourning the death of one of her fellow classic TV child actors, Adam Rich.

Shortly after the news broke, Gilbert took to Instagram to share how devastated she was to hear about the 54-year-old’s passing. In a short caption, she simply wrote, “This one hurts,” and noted that he was part of her “tribe.”
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