Chad Linley was the older brother of Cody Linley, a Disney star who played Jake Ryan on Hannah Montana. Chad Linley died in August 2011, at the age of 29, from the toxic effects of heroin, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Texas. His death was ruled an accident, but he had a history of drug abuse and addiction. He was also a DJ and a student at the Media Tech Institute in Houston. His family and friends were shocked and saddened by his sudden death, and Cody Linley tweeted his gratitude for the prayers and support he received.