A paparazzo who was charged with battery and child endangerment after attempting to get a photo of Reese Witherspoon and her children at a Disney theme park has been found dead.

Friends of photographer Todd Wallace discovered his body in his Brentwood, California apartment, but his identity couldn't be confirmed because of the state of the body.

Witherspoon was celebrating her daughter AVA's sixth birthday at Disney's California Adventure, along with a group of children, when Wallace attempted to take pictures of them last September (05).

When the group declined to be photographed, Wallace became enraged, shoving one child and hitting another with his camera in an attempt to get shots of the star.

Two theme park employees attempted to restrain the irate photographer, and he reportedly struck them, while cursing at Witherspoon and causing some of the children to burst into tears.

Wallace was subsequently charged with six misdemeanour charges and pleaded innocent in October (05).

After Wallace failed to show up at a bail hearing in December (05) a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

The photographer was also scheduled to be arraigned 27 December (06) on an unrelated charge of petty theft but it is unclear from court records whether he attended.