Tragic day for Henry John Deutschendorf II.
The 29-year-old, who notably was one of the twin baby actors featured in the 1989 film Ghostbusters II, died on June 14, his brother, Will Deutschendorf, confirmed on Facebook Tuesday.
Henry was discovered by his brother in his Escondido, California, apartment, according to TMZ.
The outlet also reports that the medical examiner has ruled the former actor’s death as a suicide by hanging.
In a lengthy, heartbreaking Facebook post, John — who referred to his brother as “Hank” — acknowledged his sibling’s long, painful battle with schizoaffective disorder.
“Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008. If you knew Hank before his diagnosis, you knew a young man who was upbeat, healthy, witty, kind, outgoing, and was always ready to stand up for people. Medication curbed the delusions but it did not stop the voices,” the post read. “The side effects of the medication took a toll on Hank. He felt like a zombie, lost his personality, gained weight quickly, slept for 12 hours a day, and had to use all of his willpower just to lift his hand to drink a cup of water. My brother was left with a bandaid for a gunshot wound.”
“Despite all this, Hank thrived. … He said he had cognitive problems, but he could still think things through better than me,” his brother continued. “He trained in multiple styles of martial arts. He earned his third and fourth degree black belt in Kempo, bought his own condo, and found the love of his life. For Hank, it was quality over quantity.”
“I will be posting his Memorial Service date soon. It is also very important to me to immediately spread awareness about schizophrenia, bipolar, and suicide prevention,” said John, who also shared a link to a fundraiser in Henry’s honor to support the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s search for a cure to the debilitating brain disorder.
Read Will’s entire note below.
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