Yet another twist has emerged in the circumstances surrounding the death of actress Misty Upham.

On Friday, Upham’s family released a statement saying they believe the death of Upham, a Native-American actress, in “August: Osage County,” was an accident, and that she died after falling down a 150-foot ravine in Auburn, Wash., while trying to evade police. According to Upham’s family, the police were seeking the actress to conduct an “involuntary transport” to a local emergency room. Upham suffered from anxiety and bipolar disorder, and had not been taking her medication for either when she went missing, her family said. Because of previous poor treatment, Upham was fearful of the Auburn police, they said. They believe she fell off a hidden cliff while running from authorities.

Initially, her father told a radio station he thought Upham may have committed suicide because she was not taking medication to treat her mental illness. The family no longer believes Upham was suicidal.

But actress Juliette Lewis, a friend of Upham’s who co-starred in “August: Osage County,” said in a series of tweets she believed Upham’s death could have been the result of foul play and the police need to conduct a more thorough investigation.

Upham had “known enemies” on the Muckleshoot Reservation who wanted to silence her, Lewis tweeted early Friday morning.

In another tweet, now deleted, Lewis wrote, “I am in shock and [grief]. I pray the police do a murder investigation. They’re saying not ‘foul play’ when of course it is” (via Huffington Post).

Lewis also tweeted, “Misty told me about horrible violence she suffered on NA reservations She felt she coul be murdered! Bcuz she was vocal #ThisIsNOTaSUICIDE” (via Indian Country Media Network).

She also retweeted statuses from Upham’s account that suggest Upham feared for her safety.

The circumstances surrounding Upham’s death have been anything but straightforward. Upham’s family accused the Auburn police department of being lax in its investigation when Upham was reported missing Oct. 6. Her family cited historic racial tensions between the Auburn police department and the Muckleshoot Reservation. The police department never convened a search party to look for Upham. Upham’s family and friends formed a search party, and they were the ones who found her in the ravine Thursday.



Misty Upham survived many things that many don’t early on in life. She fought for the voiceless feircely. She understood suffering and the deepest pain. She had a presence everyone saw and felt. It is this presence that will continue. Out of the dark space in which her light got dimmed. I will remember her as tuff. Wise. Funny. Spiritual. And hopeful. This is another great reminder to call and check on someone when you think to. Not when its too late. RIPMistyUpham   Visualizar no Instagram