Thursday 21 September 2017

Henry Deutschendorf, twin who played Ghostbusters II baby Oscar, has died aged 28

Baby Oscar from Ghostbusters II (1989)
Baby Oscar from Ghostbusters II (1989)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Ghostbuster fans will remember cute baby Oscar from the 1989 sequel who was played by Henry 'Hank' Deutschendorf and his twin brother Will.

News has emerged that Hank, who was just 28, passed away after a battle with schizoaffective disorder.

His brother, who worked alongside him running a martial arts academy in San Diego, made the announcement on the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation's Hank's Hope for a Cure fundraising website.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank," he wrote.

"On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder.  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.”

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Hank and Will Deutschendorf

“Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008. If you knew Hank before his diagnosis, you knew a young man who was upbeat, healthy, witty, kind, outgoing, and was always ready to stand up for people. Medication curbed the delusions but it did not stop the voices. The side effects of the medication took a toll on Hank. He felt like a zombie, lost his personality, gained weight quickly, slept for twelve hours a day, and had to use all of his willpower just to lift his hand to drink a cup of water. My brother was left with a bandaid for a gunshot wound."

He continued, "I will remember him as my best friend, my partner, my brother, and the bravest man I have ever known" and asked people to support the fundraising effort.

Anyone affected by the issues raised can contact Samaritans at 116 123 or email joe@samaritans.org or www.yourmentalhealth.ie

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