Aussie star of American Horror Story dies

The Australian model and actor is said to have struggled with mental illness and addiction in the weeks before his death, according to The Sun.

Confirming the news on Instagram, his mum Jane Badler said: “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.”

Badler, an American singer, actress and producer who had appeared in shows such as V, and moved to Australia where she appeared in stage productions and on Neighbours, did not reveal her son’s cause of death.

Harry was raised in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to New York and then Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.

He also starred in Netflix series The OA and performed music under the name ANTIBOY.

The American Horror Story star identified as gender fluid, saying in an interview last year: “I know that I am born male but I don’t think I represent what it means to be a man.

Jane Badler, right, with Sigrid Thornton. Badler said her son Harry Hains “struggled with mental illness and addiction”. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Limited

“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 shared his last heartbreaking Instagram post, celebrating New Year’s Eve photo with a friend just seven days ago.

Harry wrote in the caption: “To 2020! The new era has already begun. So let’s all keep only moving forward, staying so present to enjoy each and every moment throughout this beautiful new beginning.

“Happy New Year, peeps. So much love and gratitude for all in my life.”

A funeral service will be held at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 12.

This story first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.

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