Netflix 'Fatherhood': How did Liz Logelin die? Matt's life changed in 27 hours

The Paul Weitz-directed film is author Matt Logelin's (Kevin Hart) story and how his life changed in a matter of days


                            Netflix 'Fatherhood': How did Liz Logelin die? Matt's life changed in 27 hours
Kevin Hart as Matt Logelin and Deborah Ayorinde as Liz Logelin in 'Fatherhood' (Netflix)

Netflix's 'Fatherhood' is a poignant father-daughter story that gives Kevin Hart an opportunity to play a real-life character, a welcome departure from what we are used to seeing him do. The Paul Weitz-directed film is author Matt Logelin's story and how his life changed in a matter of days. It took 27 hours for him to go from being a proud father to a crushed widower. There was no coming back from what had happened and he knew it. 

Hart, who plays Matt's role in the film, is used to serving up laughs. His previous titles include 'Jumanji', 'Die Hart', 'Central Intelligence' and 'Night School' among others. 'Fatherhood' is a complete shift in genre for him, which he is also thrilled about.

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What happened to Liz Logelin?

Matt was faced with a barrage of challenges when his wife Liz died after the birth of the couple's first child, Madeline. She died of pulmonary embolism on March 25, 2008. Their daughter was born at 33 weeks, which meant she had to be under observation in the neonatal care unit. When the time came for Liz to visit Madeline, she was excited about it. 

Within minutes, Liz collapsed complaining of light-headedness. For a while, nurses dismissed it as a regular post-birth fainting spell. Soon, the medical team realized it was serious and Matt knew he was not going to see her again. "All of a sudden it hit me," he wrote in his blog and added: "She was going to die, today, here in this hospital. And she was never going to hold her baby."

Kevin Hart as Matt Logelin in 'Fatherhood' (Netflix)

Since the traumatic experience, Matt has raised Madeline, written a book, 'Two Kisses for Maddy', and remarried. Matt and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin got married in 2018. He may have moved on but he continues to cherish Liz's memories. Talking to the press ahead of the release, Matt said how Liz would be excited if she were here.

"She would be so excited about this," he recalled and added: "She would be in disbelief to know that this was happening, to see it all coming to life in front of us and to see people like Kevin Hart and all the folks associated with the film creating our lives in a different way and a different place. It’s just mind-blowing to me."

'Fatherhood' is streaming on Netflix.

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