Another life lost way too soon.
The news was confirmed by the performer’s mother, actress Jane Balder, who wrote on Instagram on Thursday:
“On Jan 7 my beautiful son died. He was 27 and had the world at his feet. But sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction. A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time… I will miss you, Harry, every day of my life.”
Jane did not disclose her son’s cause of death, but noted that a funeral service will be held at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 12.
Raised in Melbourne, Australia, Harry was studying pre-med Down Under when he decided to move to London to pursue modeling and acting. He was also signed to the Chadwick modeling agency, and was a musician performing under the name ANTIBOY, an alter ego he described as a “gender fluid robot from the future.”
In a March 2019 interview with Boys by Girls magazine, the rising star identified as gender fluid, telling the publication:
“I know that I am born male but I don’t think I represent what it means to be a man. I believe we should be whatever we want. It gets kind of confusing when we start labelling ourselves so I try to stay away from labels… I grew up in Melbourne and I had a very open and accepting family. Dating someone of either sex didn’t make a difference to me.”
He told the outlet that he had suffered from a “serious sleeping disorder” (idiopathic insomnia) as a child, and tended to be a bit “self-destructive.”
Harry shared his last Instagram post seven days ago, showing himself celebrating New Year’s Eve with a friend:
Our hearts go out to Harry’s loved ones at this time.
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