Newman with first wife Jackie Witte and their young son Scott in 1955. Scott tragically died of a drug overdose in 1978. Newman started the Scott Newman Foundation to help others recover from drug addiction. The actor was also known for his philanthropic work fudned by the sale of his 'Newman's Own' products.
Scott Newman (1950 - 1978) was an actor and stuntman, and Paul Newman’s only son. Scott suffered a motorcycle accident in the fall of 1978, and was taking painkillers to ease the discomfort of his injuries. However, in Los Angeles on the night of November 19, he took a fatal dose of valium with alcohol and other drugs. An ambulance was called, but Newman was pronounced dead on arrival.
In 1978, Paul Newman's son, Scott Newman, who was an aspiring actor in his own right, was found dead in a hotel after overdosing on pills and alcohol. He was 28. Scott Newman had issues with drinking and had been arrested for some alcohol-related incidents. He suffered a motorcycle accident in 1978 for which he then also began taking pain pills. On the night of his death, Scott mixed a lethal dose of Valium, alcohol, and other drugs.
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GONE TOO SOON photo | Paul Newman Newman's only son, Scott – here with his father in 1972 – died of an accidental drug-and-alcohol overdose in 1978. Of their relationship, Newman said, "I had lost the ability to help him ... we both backed away." In his memory, the actor started the Scott Newman Center, a Torrance, Calif., drug-abuse prevention facility.