Mia Farrow pays tribute as death of adopted son confirmed as suicide

Actress Mia Farrow has paid tribute to her beloved son following his suicide. The Rosemary’s Baby star spoke out after Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, who was 27 and paralysed from the waist down after contracting polio as a child, shot himself in his car in Connecticut. Writing on Twitter, Farrow, who used to be married to film director Woody Allen, posted a link to an American suicide prevention group. “We’re devastated by the loss of Thaddeus, our beloved son and brother,” she said.

He was a wonderful courageous person who overcame so much hardship in his short life. We miss him.

Mia Farrow

Thaddeus, who grew up in an Indian orphanage, was one of Farrow’s 14 adopted and biological children. At first it was thought he had been killed in a car crash but a post-mortem examination revealed he had shot himself in the body. He had spoken about being adopted in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2013. “It was scary to be brought to a world of people whose language I did not understand, with different skin colours,” he said. “The fact that everyone loved me was a new experience, overwhelming at first.” Farrow, 71, has largely given up acting and now concentrates on human rights campaigning and her role as a UNICEF ambassador.