Darren Criss’ brother and bandmate Charles Criss has died by suicide at the age of 36.
The actor and singer announced the news on Wednesday (March 2), sharing a lengthy tribute to his brother on Instagram.
“It breaks my heart to say that my beloved brother Charles has left us,” he wrote. “Obviously this was a huge shock. His loss left a rift in the lives of his mother, brother, three young children, and their mother.
“I spent what felt like a small eternity trying to wrap my head around it, which I doubt I would try to do for the rest of my life. But in the short time it took me to process everything, I tried to put together some words that might help answer some of your questions.
“And while it’s the heaviest sadness I’ve ever felt as I have to write this, it gives me peace knowing I’m putting it out there.”
Criss’ full statement can be read embedded below.
Charles, referred to during the celebration as “Chuck”, is also known as a founding member of the American indie rock band Freelance Whales.
Together the brothers released an album called Computer Games in 2017.
According to Criss, his brother died after suffering from “severe depression”.
“As an artist, he possesses a raw, inimitable talent that never ceases to inspire me,” he wrote. “A distinct voice and composition that I admire greatly for its originality and sincerity.
“His impressive skills as a musician combined with his poetic vision of the world have produced an endlessly rich, original, intelligent, fun music. Hilarious, fascinating and beautiful to me… A fitting metaphor for his own soul.”
Criss also advises people struggling with depression or mental health issues to seek counseling and support.
“Chuck Criss is vibrant, special, worldly, hilarious, insightful, talented, smart, famous and loved,” he wrote.
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“He was a good man with a kind heart who contributed countless laughter, music and joy to the world.”
If you are going through feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, the Samaritans are supportive; you can speak to someone for free by phone, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Samaritans website to find details of a nearest branch your most.
If you live in the United States and you or someone you know needs mental health support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are in another country, you can go to www.befrienders.org to find a helpline near you.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/chuck-criss-death-darren-brother-cause-b2027148.html Darren Criss’ brother Charles Criss died by suicide at the age of 36