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Former Boston Legal actor Justin Mentell has died following a car crash in rural Wisconsin, the Iowa County Sheriff's Department said. He was 27.

Mentell died Monday after driving his Jeep off a steep embankment, striking two trees, according to the accident report. The actor, who was alone and not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene around 8:30 a.m. after a call came in. The accident is believed to have occurred around 3 a.m., Chief Deputy Jon Pepper told the Wisconsin State Journal.

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"The family and friends of Justin Mentell thank you for visiting his site," read a statement on his website

. "Memorial services are being planned."Born in Texas and raised in Illinois, Mentell was a speed skater in his youth, having been a member of the U.S. Speed Skating's junior national long track team. After making his acting debut in 2004's Gotham, IL, he portrayed attorney Garrett Wells on Boston Legal from 2005-2006. Mentell most recently starred in last summer's G-Force.