'American Horror Story' star Harry Hains dies at 27 after 'a struggle with mental illness and addiction'

Blaming "mental illness and addiction," Harry's mother, actress Jane Badler, confirmed the news on Instagram on Thursday


                            'American Horror Story' star Harry Hains dies at 27 after 'a struggle with mental illness and addiction'
Harry Hains attends Talent Resources Presents Airgraft's The Art Of Clean Vapor on September 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

Best known for his stint in 'American Horror Story: Hotel', actor Harry Hains has died at the age of 27. Blaming "mental illness and addiction," Harry's mother, actress Jane Badler, confirmed the news on Instagram on Thursday.

"He was 27 and had the world at his feet," she wrote. "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 actress, who starred in 'Mission: Impossible' and NBC series 'Falcon Crest', posted several pictures with her son, and offered an invitation to his fans to attend the funeral service. "If you are in LA and know Harry, there is a service for him at Hollywood Forever Sunday on Jan 12 at 3 pm. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd," she added. 

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Hains studied pre-med and decided to move to London to pursue modeling and acting. Later, he moved to New York and finally settled in Los Angeles. Associated with the Chadwick modelling agency, he soon landed roles in 'American Horror Story' (2011), 'The Surface' (2015) and 'The OA' (2016). 

Not many people know that he was also a musician performing under the name ANTIBOY, an alter ego he described as a 'gender fluid robot from the future'. In a March 2019 interview with Boys by Girls magazine, he confessed he suffered from a “serious sleeping disorder” (idiopathic insomnia) as a child, and tended to be a bit “self-destructive.”

His last Instagram post was shared seven days before his death. Alongside a New Year's Eve photo, he expressed joy at the onset of the new era. "To 2020! The new era has already begun. So let's all keep only moving forward, staying so present to enjoy each and every moment throughout this beautiful new beginning. Happy New Year, peeps. So much love and gratitude for all in my life," the caption read.

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