Glee star Darren Criss shares heartbreak after brother Charles dies by suicide aged 36

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Glee star Darren Criss, who played Blaine Anderson in the Fox television series, shared his heartbreak as he announced the tragic news about his older brother Charles. Taking to Instagram today, the actor penned an emotional post, in view of his 3.1 million followers.

The actor explained that his older brother, also known as Chuck, had taken his own life.

Darren penned: “It breaks my heart beyond measure to say that my beloved brother Charles has left us.

“Obviously this is a colossal shock.

“His loss leaves behind a debilitating fracture in the lives of his mother, his brother, his three small children, and their respective mothers.”

He continued: “I have spent what feels like a small eternity trying to wrap my head around it, something I suspect I’ll be attempting to do for the rest of my life.

“But in the short time that I’ve had to process everything, I’ve managed to put some words together that may help with some of the questions you have.

“And though it’s with the heaviest sadness I’ve ever felt to have to write this, it does give me peace to know I’m putting it out there.”

The actor explained that it put him at “peace” to share details with others about his brother’s life who sadly died last week.

In a candid letter, Darren shared an in-depth insight about his brother’s character who he described as “total goofball,” and even though he often seemed like a quiet introvert, he could surprise people with “the most wickedly funny lines that could cut a room in half with his equally impressive timing”.

While Darren admitted he was unsure of how much information he wanted to share publicly regarding the details of his brother’s death, he decided it was better to be as clear as he could be.

“I’ve learned by now that vagueness can lead to confusion, and provoke ideas far worse than the truth,” he continued.

“The last several years were increasingly difficult for Chuck as he struggled to find stability during an unfortunate rough patch in his life.”

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.



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