"He will always be a bright light and a brilliant soul, loving and talented," said his family this Sunday through Twitter.
"I had much more to share. Our family always conveyed that truth. Our desire is for the rest of the world to know him and love him too, he added.
The authorities indicated that so far no autopsy was performed, according to CNN, so the cause of the death is unknown.
The young man was found last Thursday, but the fact recently came to light in the last few hours.
Odell, 20, played Ari Caldwell in the series "The Goldbergs" and Ted Durkas in two chapters of "Modern Family".