Harry Hains dead at 27 – American Horror Story actor dies after addiction issues

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Actor Harry Hains has died aged 27 after struggling with mental illness and drug addiction, his famous mum has confirmed.

American Horror Story: Hotel actor’s mother was Neighbours actress Jane Badler.

Confirming the news on Instagram , she said: “He was 27 and had the world at his feet. But sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction.

“A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time… I will miss you, Harry, every day of my life.”

The actor had sadly struggled with addiction problems
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Jane paid tribute to her ‘poetic boy’
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Jane did not confirm her son’s cause of death, but invited his friends and fans to his funeral on Sunday January 12 at Hollywood Forever.

Harry had starred in the Netflix series The OA and was based in Los Angeles to cement his acting career.

Just six days before his death, he’d spoken excitedly about his plans for 2020.

Harry’s last Instagram picture was all about his excitement for the decade ahead
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Harry had moved from Australia to LA to pursue his dream of acting
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“TO 2020!×××The NEW ERA has already begun,” he captioned a snap of himself and a female friend on Instagram.

“So let’s all keep only moving forward, staying so present to enjoy each & every moment throughout this beautiful new BEGINNING – HAPPY N3W YEAR peeeeps SO MUCH LOVE & GRATITUDE FOR ALL IN MY LIFE.”

One pal had commented about this being “your year”, to which Harry replied: “Woo finallyyyy.”

The actor and model admitted being ‘self-destructive’
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Harry also made music under the name ANTIBOY
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He had spoken candidly about his dismissal of gender norms, revealing in an interview last year that he was gender fluid.

“I know that I am born male but I don’t think I represent what it means to be a man,” he said.

“I believe we should be whatever we want. It gets kind of confusing when we start labelling ourselves so I try to stay away from labels.

Harry identified as gender fluid
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Harry had starred in AHS: Hotel and The OA
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“I grew up in Melbourne and I had a very open and accepting family. Dating someone of either sex didn’t make a difference to me.”

He’d also told Boys By Girls magazine that he had a tendency to be “self-destructive” and had suffered from a “serious sleeping disorder” as a child called idiopathic insomnia.

“I couldn’t sleep for my entire childhood until I started taking sleeping pills at 12, 13. So I was tortured by sleep deprivation and I had a lot of phobias,” he admitted.

Harry had planned to continue making more music under his stage name ANTIBOY and going into fashion.

Tributes have been paid by friends and family
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Harry, left with his mum Jane and family
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“I’d love to create a space for LGBTQ+ artists where people can feel safe to go and create art and exist and collaborate in this space,” he added.

“Not just for LGBTQ+ artists, but for anyone who feels judged in the outside world or feels like an outsider or minority. This space would be for anyone who doesn’t feel safe in society to create the art that they want to create.

“What it comes down to is that I want true equality for people.”

You can leave your tributes to Harry in the comments below.

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