Darren Criss Reveals Brother Death
Darren Criss announced the tragic death of his brother Charles “Chuck” Chris.
The band “Glee” posted a tribute to Chuck on Instagram, revealing that the 36-year-old had been battling “severe depression” and had “surrendered” to the “war within himself” through “suicide”.
Darren Criss wrote a lengthy tribute to his older brother Chuck Criss, revealing that the musician died by suicide at the age of 37.
Darren Criss Mourns the ‘Crushing’ Loss of Older Brother Chuck Criss: Read His Heartbreaking Tribute
“Obviously this is a huge shock.
His loss left a debilitating rift in the lives of his mother, brother, three children and their mothers.”
“I’ve spent what feels like a little eternity trying to wrap my head around it, and it’s something I think I will try to do for the rest of my life.
But in the short time I’ve had to tackle it all, I’ve been able to put some words together that might help solve some of the questions you have.
And though it saddens me at all to have to write this, it gives me peace when I know I’m putting it out there.”
He continued, “We will never know how long he’s been fighting this war within himself, but last week, I used it all up, and he gave in by suicide.”
Darren later added, “While these falls in Chuck’s mental health are what took him, they are simply not something that could identify him.
All the wonderful, inspiring positive things about his life far outweigh the circumstances in which they ended up.”
In an accompanying statement, the Emmy award winner noted that his brother’s death “shattered his heart immeasurably” and was a “huge shock”.
Darren wrote: “His loss left behind a debilitating rift in the lives of his mother, brother, three young children and their mothers.
I’ve spent what really feels like a little eternity trying to wrap my head around it, which is something I think I’ll try to do for the rest of my life.”
Glee alum said his brother was his “close friend and companion” because they “discovered the world together”.
As they grew up, music became one of the “greatest bonds”.