Mia Farrow lost son Thaddeus on Wednesday after he was found unresponsive in his car. People Magazine reports that Thaddeus Farrow, 27, died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut around 2:30 p.m. from what’s being called a life-threatening injury. Thaddeus was adopted by accomplished actress Mia Farrow in 1994 from Calcutta, India, and was confined to a wheelchair due to polio.
Thaddeus was one of Mia Farrow’s seven adopted children. Mia adopted Thaddeus when he was around the age of 5 in 1994, along with four other children between the years of 1992 and 1995. Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, who was previously called Gabriel, was named after Judge Elliott Wilk, who oversaw Mia Farrow’s divorce from actor Woody Allen in 1993.
“It was scary to be brought to a world of people whose language I did not understand, with different skin colors. The fact that everyone loved me was a new experience, overwhelming at first.”
A poliovirus infection as a child confined Thaddeus Farrow to a wheelchair as a paraplegic, but Mia Farrow said that Thaddeus’ handicap never slowed him down. Thaddeus, who was a car mechanic at the time, thanks to leg braces, actually told Vanity Fair three years ago that he was studying to be a police officer. In 2006, Mia Farrow bragged about how Thaddeus loved all things automotive and that he was able to go through his day as a paraplegic without being angry or humiliated.
“He can drag himself across the floor with such dignity, and still have his goal of fixing cars.”
Not many details have been released by police about the car accident that took Thaddeus Farrow’s life on Wednesday, only that he was found in his vehicle with a life-threatening injury, according to the police report. Police have said that the accident is under investigation, but there’s no criminal aspect to the case.
A Fox News report says that troopers responded to Thaddeus Farrow’s car parked along Route 67 in Roxbury, Connecticut, just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, where they found him inside suffering from a critical injury. After being transported to Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, Thaddeus was pronounced dead around 2:30 p.m. Police later confirmed to the Hartford Courant that Thaddeus was the son of Mia Farrow, who currently lives on her estate, called Frog Hollow, in nearby Bridgewater, Connecticut.
Thaddeus is reportedly the third adopted child that Mia Farrow has lost. Farrow, 71, is known for her work as an advocate for children’s rights in Africa and other conflict-affected regions. The actress said in an interview in 2013 that she never thought she would have so many children, saying “that was never a plan.” But Mia Farrow actually ended up with four biological children, as well as seven adopted children.
“I did want a child or two—they came as twins. I didn’t think about more children for a couple of years.”
Twins Matthew and Sascha were actually born to Mia Farrow and husband Andre Previn in 1970. Mia’s first adopted child, a Vietnamese baby named Lark Song, came three years later, before the couple’s second biological child, Fletcher, was born in 1974. Mia Farrow gained four of her 11 children total within a span of four years. Between 1976 and 1995, Mia Farrow gave birth to one more son, Satchel O’Sullivan Farrow, with then-husband Woody Allen, and adopted six more children.
Mia Farrow explains that she always consulted with her children prior to adopting another child. Even though more than one adopted child had health issues, including Tam Farrow, who was blind, as well as Thaddeus Farrow, who was paralyzed from the waist down, a previous Beverly Hills neighbor, Maria Roach, says that Mia Farrow somehow always managed to organize all 11 children in a “very functional, united way.”
“People have this impression of Mia as a flighty airhead flower child. She’s not. She gives that delicate impression, but she’s a powerhouse. She can get done what needs to get done.”
After six children, Mia Farrow decided to keep going, contrary to what her then-husband, pianist Andre Previn, thought — six was enough. But close friends to Mia, including musician Carly Simon, say that she was always a “model mother.” But Mia herself was one of seven kids growing up in Beverly Hills and was reportedly used to chaos from living in a large family that even her older brother Patrick described as “not normal.”
Three of Mia Farrow’s adopted children are now deceased, including Tam Farrow, who died at the age of 19 in 2000 from heart failure, Lark Previn, who died on Christmas Day in 2008 of unknown causes at the age of 35, and now Thaddeus Farrow, whose recent cause and exact manner of death has yet to be determined by the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Thaddeus Farrow’s autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, but no “new or additional information” has been released on the case, according to an updated report on Patch.com.
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