Actress Demi Moore said she is in “absolute shock” after police said a 21-year-old man drowned over the weekend in her backyard pool in Los Angeles’s Beverly Crest neighborhood. Authorities did not suspect foul play.
Los Angeles police were called to the home early Sunday morning when the man, later identified as Edenilson Steven Valle, had apparently slipped and fallen into the deep end of the pool, TMZ first reported. Friends and family told police that he had been missing for 10 to 15 minutes and, when they went to find him, they found him floating in the water. He did not know how to swim.
Valle, from Los Angeles, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Moore and her family were not home at the time, police said.
“I am in absolute shock,” Moore, 52, told People in a statement. “I was out of the country traveling to meet my daughters for a birthday celebration when I got this devastating news.”
Individuals told TMZ that Moore’s caretaker had thrown a small party Saturday night where there was a “limited amount” of alcohol. Valle was thought to be a staff member, police said.
A neighbor told TMZ that Moore’s children had been staying at the house lately and had been having “parties every day, day and night.” Moore has three daughters, Rumer Willis, 26; Scout Willis, who turns 24 Monday; and Tallulah Belle Willis, 21.
But Los Angeles police Sgt. A. Bone told the Los Angeles Times that Moore was not home, “nor were there any family members associated with the celebrity at the location.”
Tallulah Belle Willis has been posting messages on social media, showing the women celebrating Scout’s birthday in what appears to be New York City, according to Time.
On Sunday, Moore called the news “an unthinkable tragedy.”
“My heart goes out to this young man’s family and friends,” she said in the statement. “I ask that you please respect the privacy of all concerned during this sensitive time.”