American Horror Story star Harry Hains dies at 27 after 'addiction'

American Horror Story star Harry Hains dies at 27: Australian son of Neighbours actress Jane Badler passes away after ‘a struggle with mental illness and addiction’

  • Melbourne-born actor suffered from a ‘serious sleeping disorder’ and spoke of being ‘self-destructive’ last year
  • He appeared in American Horror Story: Hotel, The OA and Sneaky Pete, and was also a musician
  • ‘A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time,’ said his mother, Jane Badler
  • If you are struggling, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Australian model and actor Harry Hains, who starred in American Horror Story: Hotel and The OA, has died at the age of 27.

Harry’s mother, actress Jane Badler, confirmed the news on Instagram on Thursday.

‘He was 27 and had the world at his feet,’ she wrote. ‘But sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction. A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time… I will miss you, Harry, every day of my life.’ 

Rest in peace: Model and actor Harry Hains, who starred in American Horror Story: Hotel and The OA, has died at the age of 27. Pictured on August 4, 2015 in Westwood, California

Jane – who is best known for her roles in NBC sci-fi series V, Falcon Crest and Australian soap opera Neighbours – did not disclose her son’s cause of death.

A funeral service will be held at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 12.

Harry was raised in Melbourne, Australia. He was studying pre-med there when he decided to move to London to pursue modelling and acting.

He later moved to New York, before settling in Los Angeles. 

Devastating: Harry’s mother, American-Australian actress Jane Badler (left), confirmed the news on Instagram on Thursday

‘This truly extraordinary life’: A funeral service for Harry will be held at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 12

Harry shared his last Instagram post – a celebratory New Year’s Eve photo with a female friend – just seven days ago. 

He wrote in the caption: ‘To 2020! The new era has already begun. So let’s all keep only moving forward, staying so present to enjoy each and every moment throughout this beautiful new beginning. Happy New Year, peeps. So much love and gratitude for all in my life.’

In addition to starring in Netflix series The OA and American Horror Story: Hotel, he was signed to the Chadwick modelling agency. 

Harry was also a musician performing under the name, ANTIBOY, an alter ego he described as a ‘gender fluid robot from the future’.

Journey: Harry was raised in Melbourne, Australia. He was studying pre-med there when he decided to move to London to pursue modelling and acting. He later settled in Los Angeles

Tragedy: Jane – who is best known for her roles in V, Falcon Crest and Australian soap opera Neighbours – did not disclose her son’s cause of death. Pictured: Harry (left) with his family

Harry identified as gender fluid, according to a March 2019 interview with Boys by Girls magazine. The article referred to Harry using ‘he’ and ‘him’ pronouns.

‘I know that I am born male but I don’t think I represent what it means to be a man,’ he said. 

‘I believe we should be whatever we want. It gets kind of confusing when we start labelling ourselves so I try to stay away from labels.

Up-and-coming actor: Harry (centre) is pictured in American Horror Story: Hotel

‘Be whatever we want’: Harry identified as gender fluid, according to a March 2019 interview with Boys by Girls magazine. The article referred to Harry using ‘he’ and ‘him’ pronouns

Final words: Harry shared his last Instagram post seven days ago (above). He captioned it: ‘Let’s all keep only moving forward, staying so present to enjoy each and every moment throughout this beautiful new beginning’

‘I grew up in Melbourne and I had a very open and accepting family. Dating someone of either sex didn’t make a difference to me.’

He told the same publication that he had suffered from a ‘serious sleeping disorder’ (idiopathic insomnia) as a child, and had a tendency to be ‘self-destructive’.

Harry’s mother, Jane, was born in New York City but eventually settled in Australia after she married businessman Stephen Hains. 

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Career: Harry’s mother, Jane, was born in New York City but eventually settled in Australia after she married businessman Stephen Hains. She has appeared in many American and Australian TV shows, including soap opera Neighbours (pictured)

Claim to fame: Jane is pictured in 1983 as Diana in the American science fiction series V

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