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Mia Farrow issued an emotional Twitter statement detailing the deaths of three of her 14 children, calling them “unspeakable tragedies” amid renewed attention about her family following HBO’s Allen v. Farrow documentary.
While the four-part series centers on Dylan Farrow’s claim that Woody Allen, her adoptive father, sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old (allegations the filmmaker denies), some have focused on the lives of Farrow’s other children.
In the statement, a response to “vicious rumors based on untruths,” Mia addressed the deaths of her daughters Tam and Lark, and son Thaddeus, who were not included in the documentary.
“Few families are perfect, and any parent who has suffered the loss of a child knows that pain is merciless and ceaseless,” wrote Farrow. “However, some vicious rumors based on untruths have appeared online concerning the lives of three of my children. To honor their memory, their children and every family that has dealt with the death of a child, I am posting this message.”
Lark, whom Farrow described in her statement as “an extraordinary woman” and a “wonderful daughter, sister, partner and mother to her own children,” died at 35 in 2008 from complications related to HIV/AIDS. “Despite her illness she lived a fruitful and loving life with her children and longtime partner. She succumbed to her illness & died suddenly in the hospital on Christmas, in her partner’s arms.”
She wrote that Tam passed away at age 17 “from an accidental prescription overdose related to the agonizing migraines she suffered, and her heart ailment.”
Moses Farrow, who was adopted as a toddler by Mia and co-adopted by Woody Allen in 1991, disputed the cause of Tam’s 2000 death in a 2018 blog post and alleged it was a suicide.
In Moses’ blog, he also alleged that brother Thaddeus was abused by Farrow. But that claim has been disputed by nine of Mia’s other children, as Allen v. Farrow notes. Moses declined to be interviewed for the documentary.
Thaddeus was 29 when he died in 2016. Mia described her son in the statement as “courageous” and “happily living with his partner” before the relationship abruptly ended. “He took his own life,” she wrote.
Read Mia’s statement in full via her Twitter account below.
Regarding my children pic.twitter.com/ApiSeBFx9C
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 1, 2021
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