How did Heidi Ferrer die? 'Dawson's Creek' writer was bedridden due to Covid-19
'Dawson’s Creek' writer, Heidi Ferrer killed herself after a prolonged battle with Covid-19 that left her 'bedridden.' She was 50 years old. Reportedly, the writer killed herself at her home in Los Angeles on May 26 after suffering severe Covid symptoms.
Heidi's husband, a screenwriter, director and producer Nick Guthe confirmed to Variety on June 18 that the writer died by suicide on May 26. Covid-19 has claimed the lives of many across the globe. This also includes celebrities such as Barbara Shelley, John Richardson, Steve Carver and Larry King to name a few. The year 2021 has seen the demise of many legendary stars including Ned Beatty, Frank Bonner, Lisa Banes and many more.
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Heidi reportedly contracted the virus in April of 2020, and 'experienced body aches, including severe pains in her feet, fatigue and flu-like symptoms.' By June her symptoms escalated to severe fatigue and foot pain and she was bedridden. Heidi's health further deteriorated as she became crippled and suffered 'neurological tremors'. In September 2020, Heidi penned a heartbreaking blog post about her Covid recovery plan. She wrote, "The monster is real and it came for me. Recovering from COVID-19 has been one of the hardest things I've ever gone through and I've been through a lot. She added, "In my darkest moments, I told my husband that if I didn't get better, I did not want to live like this. I wasn't suicidal, I just couldn't see any quality of life long term and there was no end in sight.
"One of the cruelest things COVID did to me was to take away my ability to have dreams. I don't mean dreams in my sleep, I mean I completely stopped dreaming about my future because I couldn't picture it. It was a wall," she shared further. "Yes, everyone had lost our trips, our events, our free lives during the shutdown, but I had lost all of that and also became suddenly crippled with scary neurological programs, " she added. Concluding her note by offering words of support to others who suffered, she wrote, "I believe this in my bones: If you are suffering from this monster, you will eventually make it out, we will heal. Slowly, almost inexorably, sometimes glacially… we are recovering. It's just that no one knows for sure how long it might take, maybe six months, maybe a year."
Heidi was born on May 28, 1970, in Salina, KS. She moved to Los Angeles in the late ’80s, to pursue a career in writing. An American Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate, Heidi was famously known for her work on 'Dawson’s Creek' and 'Wasteland'. Ferrer is survived by her husband their 13-year-old son, Bexon, her mother, Nancy Gilmore, and sisters Laura Ferrer-Schmidt and Sierra Summerville.