Actor Taylor Negron has paid tribute to the elderly landlady who was found dead at a Los Angeles crime scene last week (26Sep12).

Police suspect former The O.C. star Johnny Lewis murdered Catherine Davis at her home in Los Feliz, before jumping or falling to his death outside.

Negron, who once rented the same room Lewis was living in, has now written an editorial piece for to honour the 81 year old, who he calls a "Hollywood legend. A near saint. And a kind and loving mother to so many, including me".

He also recalls "Cathy" as a writer and a reader who loved throwing parties, and who was writing a biography about Phoebe Apperson Hearst, William Randolph Hearst's mother, at the time of her death.

Negron also reveals stars including Parker Posey, Thomas Jane, Chris Parnell and Val Kilmer also resided in what Davis referred to as her Writer's Villa, and how she told him the space he rented was "my room... always".

He adds, "The door was always open."