The actress, 76, shared a lengthy statement on Twitter addressing the deaths of daughters Lark and Tam and son Thaddeus.
Someone who loses their marital partner is called a widow/widower, a person who loses their parent is called an orphan but what about a parent who loses their child? While there may be no term for that, the pain of such a heartbreaking loss is unimaginable. As a parent, you grow with your child, hoping your little one has a bright future filled with love and happiness. When those dreams shatter, it feels like your own soul is broken into a million pieces. Mia Farrow has not just felt that incredible pain once, but three times. The actress's daughter Tam died at 17, daughter Lark died at 35, and her son Thaddeus died at 29.
Since the release of HBO's docuseries, Allen v. Farrow, viewers have had a peek into the life of Farrow and her family. The four-part series mainly follows the accusation of abuse against Woody Allen involving adopted daughter Dylan, who was 7 years old at the time. Farrow discussed how the Annie Hall director affected her life and her family. As a result of both Farrow and Dylan sharing their stories, many rumors have been circulating around Farrow's other children and now Farrow has decided to put those rumors to rest.
In a lengthy statement on Twitter on Wednesday, the 76-year-old actress addressed the "vicious rumors" she said have been circulating recently about the deaths of her three children. "As a mother of fourteen children, my family means everything to me," Farrow began. "While I chose a career that placed me in the public arena, most of my children have elected to live very private lives."
While Farrow wants to respect the wishes of her children, she feels the need to clarify the "vicious rumors based in untruths" that have appeared online. Elaborating on the loss of her children, she wrote that her "beloved daughter Tam passed away at 17 from an accidental prescription overdose related to the agonizing migraines she suffered, and her heart ailment," Farrow said.
Her other daughter Lark died in 2008 and was described by Farrow as an "extraordinary woman, a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and mother to her own children." "She died at 35 from complications of HIV/AIDS, which she contracted from a previous partner," she said. "Despite her illness she lived a fruitful and loving life with her children and longtime partner. She succumbed to her illness & died suddenly in the hospital on Christmas, in her partner's arms." As for her son Thaddeus, he was 29 when he took his own life after a serious romantic relationship ended, she said.
The Rosemary's Baby actress continued, "These are unspeakable tragedies. Any other speculation about their deaths is to dishonor their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones." Farrow said she is "grateful" to be the mother of 14 kids and grandmother of 16. "Although we have known sorrow, our lives today are full of love and joy," she wrote. "Everyone has their own battle to fight; their own sorrows that gnaw. I send you my best hopes and my love."
Farrow has had to face many hardships as she raised her family for the most part as a single mother. In the HBO documentary, Farrow discussed painfully how she felt that 85-year-old Allen turned her two children against her. The 76-year-old actress was a mother to seven children before meeting Allen who she split from in 1992. Allen began a relationship with Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than Allen and the adopted daughter of Farrow, soon after their relationship ended. "He's weaponized two of my children that he's turned against me," Farrow said, according to PEOPLE, referring to Soon-Yi and adopted son Moses, who defended Allen in 2014 and claimed Farrow was an abusive mother. "They are all people I loved with all my heart. They are all people that I would've laid down my life for," Farrow continued in the finale. "I love Soon-Yi. It took me six years to throw away the Christmas stocking I knitted for her thinking she would come back, but she didn't."
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