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Thread: Ghostbusters II child star Hank Deutschendorf found dead at 29

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    Ghostbusters II child star Hank Deutschendorf found dead at 29

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    Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf, a child actor famous for playing baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II with his twin brother William, has been found dead from an apparent suicide at age 29.

    The San Diego-based actor, who had a long history of depression, was discovered by his twin.

    William has started a fundraiser page, hoping to raise awareness about schizophrenia, bipolar, and suicide prevention.

    "It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank," William wrote. "On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder."

    Schizoaffective disorder, he explained, is "a chronic mental health condition which is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He experienced hallucinations, delusions, depression, and mania".

    He continued, "It is a very severe mental illness that usually requires a lifetime of treatment. It is not well studied, so the treatment is largely an estimation based on schizophrenia and bipolar treatments. Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008."

    After starring in 1989's Ghostbusters II, Hank went on to run a martial arts school and appeared in the 2017 documentary, Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters.



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    William stressed how much the illness changed his brother in the years since his diagnosis.

    "The side effects of the medication took a toll on Hank," William wrote. "He felt like a zombie, lost his personality, gained weight quickly, slept for twelve hours a day, and had to use all of his willpower just to lift his hand to drink a cup of water."

    But, he concluded, he wants to make sure the world remembers his brother in the best way:

    "His family will remember him as someone who was always there when they needed him. His nieces and nephews will remember him as the funnest uncle who was always ready to play. His close friends will remember how he always helped them look for the silver lining. His students will remember him as a mentor, in martial arts and in life. His girlfriend will remember him as someone who made her feel like the most important person in the world. I will remember him as my best friend, my partner, my brother, and the bravest man I have ever known."

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    I didn't even know they made a ghostbusters 2.
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    Aww. I loved baby Oscar. He was so freaking cute.
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    I feel so sad for his twin.
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    Sad. I really feel for his brother too.
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    Wow, that's horrible. I feel for his twin brother.
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    Isn't he John Denver's nephew or something too?

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    Oof, he hanged himself. Poor guy. Damn.
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    Oh, this is so sad. Mental illness sucks and affects everyone around the loved one as well. RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    Isn't he John Denver's nephew or something too?

    Yep Google is my friend. He sure is.
    I wondered about that. I also wonder how I remembered John Denver's real last name was Deutschendorf.
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    I thought that name sounded familiar.

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    That's a lovely sentiment from his brother. I grew up with 3 sets of twins in my neighborhood and it's interesting how very different lives they have all led. How one can be so ill and they other so healthy.

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