Mia Farrow’s son, Thaddeus Farrow, was found in his vehicle on Wednesday afternoon in Roxbury, Connecticut, with a life-threatening injury. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His death had been previously widely reported to be the result of a car accident, but has now been officially ruled a suicide. An autopsy was performed on Thursday, and the state medical examiner’s office was able to determine that his death was indeed suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his torso. He was 27 years old.
Records show that Thaddeus Farrow had been paralyzed from the waist down as a result of having contracted polio as a child. Mia Farrow adopted him from an orphanage in Calcutta, India, when he was 6 years old. His name was originally Gabriel, but he was given his new name, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, at the time of his adoption. Mia has been said to have chosen his name in honor of Judge Elliott Wilk, who oversaw her divorce from Woody Allen in 1993. Thaddeus was one of several children adopted by Ms. Farrow. She had biological children as well. State police in Connecticut said Thaddeus lived in Torrington, about 24 miles from Roxbury. Thaddeus had reportedly lived at his mother’s property in nearby Bridgewater until just a few years ago.
Mia Farrow now has 11 surviving children, four of whom are biological and seven of whom were adopted. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Thaddeus is the third adopted child she has lost. In 2013, Thaddeus spoke openly about his adoption and family history in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“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.”
On Wednesday, Thaddeus was found unresponsive in his car with what first-responders reported as a life-threatening injury. He was taken to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut around 2:30 p.m. Initial reports stated the injury was caused by a car accident, then later the cause of death was confirmed to be suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot to the torso area. Shortly after his death was ruled a suicide, Mia Farrow signed on to Twitter to express her sorrow.
Thaddeus Farrow contracted the polio virus as a child and was then confined to a wheelchair. His mother said he never let it slow him down. He used leg braces to assist with his mobility, and successfully worked as an auto mechanic. Mia Farrow was proud of Thaddeus and his ambitions. Not only had he managed to work on cars in spite of his physical handicaps, but he was also studying to reach his next goal of becoming a police officer. She has often bragged on his ability to overcome.
“He can drag himself across the floor with such dignity, and still have his goal of fixing cars.”
The 2013 Vanity Fair profile described how Thaddeus suffered as a child. He had been left in a railway station as a child in Calcutta, India, and forced to crawl on his hands and the stubs he had for legs, begging for food. When he was finally taken to an orphanage, the caretakers chained him to a post. Other kids often threw rocks at him to provoke him, and he would react by emitting deep growls. When Mia saw him for the first time, he reached her heart in a powerful way. “That’s my son,” she said. Even as an adult, Thaddeus required crutches or a wheelchair to get around.
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There has been no word on his motivation for taking his own life, nor has it been revealed whether or not Thaddeus Farrow left a suicide note. It has only been confirmed that instead of his death being caused by a car accident as authorities had initially believed, it has now been ruled a suicide due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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