Who is Charity Robertson? Houston Tumlin's girlfriend heartbroken after his suicide at 28: ‘Absolutely shattered’
She wrote on Facebook, ‘Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter...’
Remembered for his stint in ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’, Houston Tumlin died on Tuesday afternoon, March 22, 2021. Best known for playing Will Ferrell's character Ricky Bobby's son in the 2006 comedy, the actor was found dead after a self-inflicted gunshot at his home in Pelham, Alabama. He was 28.
The tragic news sent shock waves and his close ones took to social media to share their thoughts and prayers. Shelby County coroner Lina Evans confirmed to TMZ he shot himself in the head at around 4.30 pm. Sources told the outlet that Tumlin's girlfriend — Charity Robertson — was in the house at the time. No note has been found so far. As the shocking news spreads like wildfire, here's all we know about his girlfriend, Roberston.
Who is Charity Robertson?
Raised in Vincent, Alabama, Charity Robertson was in a relationship with Houston Tumlin for a few years. According to her Facebook profile, she studied at Jacksonville State University. On LinkedIn, she wrote, “I am a junior majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in English.”
A Telemarketer, her job is described as: “Responsible for contacting alumni and updating personal information. Raised funds and solicited pledges and contributions for JSU Annual Phonathon. Implemented verbal and nonverbal methods with clarity. Demonstrates efficient typing/ computer skills.”
She also worked as a Retail Associate at Kohl's. “Completed transactions accurately and efficiently while engaging customers. Delivered high level of customer service through effective problem-solving. Handled monies in accordance to policy and procedure. Solicit, open, and active Kohl's Charge applications and loyalty programs. Create friendly and welcoming environment for customers,” she wrote.
‘I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost’
In a heartbreaking post on Facebook, she wrote, “I’ve never experienced hurt like this before. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty. My heart is absolutely shattered.”
She added, “My sweet, sweet baby. Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter, & oh man could the list go on. I love your smart mouth, your I’m always right attitude ( ), your hugs, your kisses, your touch. Just YOU! I just still feel like this is a really bad dream that I can’t wake up from.”
“One thing is for sure though, I have the absolute best guardian angel a girl could ever wish for cause everybody knows you don’t play about me. I love you so much Houston Lee & thank you for loving me so passionately and unapologetically for the time we had each other.”
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ — his only professional film credit — also starred actors like John C Reily, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amy Adams and Jane Lynch. At the time, the film was counted among one of the highest-earning comedies of 2000s as it went on to collect almost $163 million at the box office. Recently, he shared a photo with Grayson Russell from the movie promotions and wrote, “Tell me a set of brothers more handsome. I’ll wait!”
In 2015, Tumlin was reportedly serving in the Army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell along the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Sharing news of his promotion, he once posted on Instagram, “A little belated but better late then never!!!! Officially SGT T today.” According to TMZ, he also took other work like repairing telephone lines.
Tumlin is survived by his parents and sister, Hayden.