updated 07/03/2008 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/03/2008 AT 8:15 PM ET
Christina Applegate’s ex-boyfriend Lee Grivas, 26, was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in his Hollywood apartment on Tuesday.
“Grivas did have a history of drug abuse, and our investigator found a syringe at the scene,” said Lt. Fred Corral of the L.A. Department of Coroner. “But we’re not making any preliminary conclusions until a toxicology report is completed.”
On Thursday, Applegate, 36, released the following statement: “I am profoundly saddened. Lee was an incredible human being who was an extremely important and beautiful part of my life. He is missed beyond words. He touched so many and I feel much sadness for his mother, brother and all of his family and friends.”
The Samantha Who? star met Grivas, a fisherman and aspiring photographer, while starring in the Broadway musical Sweet Charity, around 2006.
– Ken Lee