Thaddeus Farrow, Son of Mia Farrow, Dies at 27
Mia adopted Thaddeus at age 12 from India.
Thaddeus Farrow, son of Mia Farrow, died Wednesday in Roxbury, Conn. He was 27.
Connecticut law enforcement discovered Thaddeus Farrow inside his vehicle suffering from a life-threatening injury. He was transported to Danbury Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Connecticut authorities ruled the death a suicide, saying he shot himself in the torso. The state medical examiner's office determined the cause of death after an autopsy.
Mia Farrow released a statement shortly after the results on Thursday. "We're devastated by the loss of Thaddeus, our beloved son and brother," she wrote on Twitter. "He was a wonderful courageous person who overcame so much hardship in his short life. We miss him." She included a link to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in her post.
Mia Farrow adopted Thaddeus Farrow, a paraplegic due to polio, at age 12 in 1994 from an orphanage in Calcutta, India, after her divorce from Woody Allen. He was one of 10 children Mia Farrow adopted, including Soon-Yi Previn, who is now married to Allen.
She has four biological children, twins Matthew and Sascha and their brother Fletcher Previn with her second husband, Andre Previn; and Ronan Farrow with Allen.
State police say Thaddeus Farrow lived in Torrington, about a 24-mile (39-kilometer) drive from Roxbury. Public records show he had lived at his mother's property in nearby Bridgewater until a few years ago.
In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Thaddeus Farrow spoke about being adopted by Mia Farrow.
"It was scary to be brought to a world of people whose language I did not understand, with different skin colors,” he said. “The fact that everyone loved me was a new experience, overwhelming at first.”
Thaddeus Farrow, who walked with crutches or used a wheelchair, spoke about thanking his mother after having a spiritual awakening the Christmas prior. "I came back at Christmastime to tell Mia, ‘I know I never really said thank you, Mom.’ I just let out emotions I would never let myself express. Finally I was able to.”
Sept. 22, 11:48 a.m. PT — Updated with information on cause of death
12:30 p.m. — Updated Mia Farrow's statement.