Police reporting to calls of a “screaming woman” inside a home in Los Feliz on Wednesday discovered Lewis sprawled in the driveway after apparently falling or jumping to his death from the roof or balcony.
Inside the home, police also found the body of an 81-year-old Katherine Chabot Davis, who appears to have been killed by blunt force trauma to the head, Los Angeles' KTLA 5 News reported.
Lewis, who once dated pop star Katy Perry, may have rented a room from Davis and is considered a suspect in the woman’s murder. A neighbor and a handyman who responded to the screams Wednesday morning before police arrived were badly beaten in a confrontation with Lewis, police said.
"The best we're piecing together now is that it appears that some type of altercation occurred inside of the house resulting in the death of the woman,” LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told KABC TV.
“Then this individual ran outside, had an altercation with a couple of neighbors, ran back into the house and by the time we got here, he had fallen or had somehow died on the driveway.”
Over a 12 year acting career, Lewis also starred in Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem and had recurring roles on the television series THE O.C. and AMERICAN DREAMS.