When you think of Ghostbusters II, chances are you'll remember the proton streams, pink slime, the Statue of Liberty ... and the cute, albeit slightly puzzled, face of baby Oscar, along with this breathtaking scene:
Sadly, one of the twin boys who played Oscar has died at age 29, according to his brother. Will Deutschendorf posted on their website, Hank's Hope For A Cure, that his twin Hank passed away on June 14th after a long battle with schizoaffective disorder.
In a heartfelt message, Will explains what his brother went through:
Many people do not know much about Hank. Some knew him as Baby Oscar in Ghostbusters 2 or John Denver’s nephew. Others knew him as a brother, son, martial artist, teacher, uncle, or friend. What people do not know about Hank was that he suffered from schizoaffective disorder. It is a chronic mental health condition which is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He experienced hallucinations, delusions, depression, and mania. 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.
Will goes on to explain to the world who his brother was. Most of us will always remember him as a baby, but to those who knew Hank, he was so much more:
Our parents will always remember him as a loving son. 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.
I will be posting his Memorial Service date soon. It is also very important to me to immediately spread awareness about schizophrenia, bipolar, and suicide prevention. If your first reaction is to ask us what you can do, it’s to help us do everything we can to help others suffering from the same illness as Hank.
Will's ending statement couldn't be more true. To learn more about Hank's Hope For A Cure, or to donate to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, please click here.
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a call away at 1-800-273-8255. If you prefer texting over talking, send a text to 741741, and a counselor from the Crisis Text Hotline will be there for you. Both methods are free and confidential.