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Chad Linley Was 'Happiest He'd Been In Years' And His Death Was 'Totally Unexpected,' Says Family Friend

Fri, August 12, 2011 6:50pm EDT by 5 Comments

A close friend of the Linley family talks to about Chad’s history with drugs and his recent recovery. It’s so tragic that he died!

Hannah Montana star Cody Linley’s older brother Chad sadly passed away last Saturday, and his family and friends are still mourning his loss. We spoke to a friend of the Linley family who reveals Chad had a long struggle with drugs, but says things were looking up for Chad right before he died.

“Chad struggled with partying and drugs for years, but he was doing really well before he died,” reveals our source. “He was DJ-ing and was the happiest he’d been for a long time. He was really trying to get his life on track…so this is devastating and totally unexpected. We are shocked.”

Chad was also focusing on his education, and was about to graduate from the Media Tech Institute in Houston.

Details about his death are still being kept private. His funeral is being held today, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville, Texas. Friends of Chad and Cody’s have tweeted their support to the family in the wake of this difficult time.