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romeoandjuliet146
December 3rd, 2003, 21:14
Jonathan Brandis' death has officially been ruled a suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed Monday. But why the onetime child star took his own life may remain a mystery.

Brandis, 27, hung himself two weeks ago but didn't leave a note, stymieing friends and fans as to his motive.


The actor was best known for his portrayal of crewmember Lucas Wolenczek on two seasons of Steven Spielberg's underwater sci-fi series, SeaQuest DSV--a role that launched dozens of teen magazine covers and made Brandis a heartthrob with young female fans.


According to police, a friend of Brandis' called 911 from the actor's apartment just before midnight on November 11 to report that Brandis had attempted suicide by hanging. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital but he died the next day.
"Speculations as to the underlying cause of this tragedy are exactly that: speculations. It serves no purpose to leap to conclusions for none of us will really know what led Jonathan to his decision to take his life," said a statement from Paul Peterson, president of A Minor Consideration, an organization that deals with issues affecting child actors.


Brandis got his show-biz break at the tender age of six when he landed a recurring role on One Life to Live and appeared in numerous commercials. He moved to Los Angeles with his family at age nine, and made guest appearances on shows such as L.A. Law, Who's the Boss? and Murder, She Wrote.


He racked up leading roles in movies such as 1991's The Neverending Story 2: The Next Chapter and Rodney Dangerfield's 1992 comedy Ladybugs but was relegated to secondary roles in more recent projects, including the Farrelly brother's Outside Providence in 1999 and Bruce Willis (news)' WWII action flick Hart's War in 2002.


He was an only child, who is survived by his parents, Greg and Mary Brandis.

phoenixrai
December 3rd, 2003, 21:25
that is so incredibly sad!!! I was so in love with him when I was young--total love. Neverending Story 2, SeaQuest DSV, Ladybugs, Sidekicks--I saw all of them. his pictures were plastered around my room and everything.

but it really is so incredibly sad. I just really feel for his parents and his friends...

http://www.arguetil3am.com/friends/jbrandis_150.jpg

Jacqueline
December 4th, 2003, 01:23
Sidekicks was one of my favorite movies. Awwwww. :(

Will
December 4th, 2003, 07:07
well, he doesnt look like a drug addict. manic depression? maybe? If it was cause he had to came here and pay for tuition, that would make more sense.


Hope the world that he is in now, is better then this one.

industrial_baby
December 5th, 2003, 09:40
That is so incredibly sad. Being someone that has experienced suicide (not me or anything like that, but i was engaged to a guy that killed himself), i really feel for what his friends and family are going through. Once a person decides to go through with it there is nothing anyone can do to stop it, and i hope the family realizes this (thats many years of suicide support groups and therapy talking).

~Kelley

Will
December 6th, 2003, 07:04
yeah for real dudes, my sophomore high school teacher commited suicide (The Sunday Parked Car Driving in the Garage with a stuffed Exhaust pipe and tightly sealed windows Method), she was really sweet but, it seemed that a few screws were loose. Shes a hard core Pink Floyd fan. Later we found out she was manic depressive. Damn she was really nice.

hopper2k
December 31st, 2003, 14:21
Both Jonathan Brandis and John Ritter died this year, and they were both in Stephen King's IT.

Will
January 1st, 2004, 03:32
woooo

they died last year!

sorry, had to post...