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November 27, 2003

Jonathan Brandis' Death a Suicide

I was a big fan of SeaQuest DSV even when it got weird and they ended up on another planet and then came back to Earth ten years later in Season 3.

So I was sad to hear of the tragic death of Jonathan Brandis which has now been ruled a suicide according to this E! Online report.

You can find other links to news of his death here.

UPDATE: Suicide, Read this first plus other links and resources (From Google search)

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I can't believe this! I am in utter shock and dismay. Why do the good die young? Why? I wish someone would explain this to me. I Love you Jonny! I will never ever forget you I promise you that!

Posted by: Shannon at Dec 5, 2003 3:27:44 PM

I have to agree with you Shannon. News like this always makes me very, very sad. I think for me the lesson is that people need to be there for each other. Life can be very tough in many ways and I think we've all had times when it's just too much, and those are the times you really need someone to pick you up.

Posted by: dez at Dec 5, 2003 4:30:27 PM

Me and my cousin Nicole always loved to watch "IT" and other movies that Jonathan was in, we loved him and thought he was just the cutest thing ever. She just told me like 5 minutes ago that he committed suicide, and i had to look it up online just to believe it. Im shocked and wondering why anyone would ever do that. Anyone can email me if they want! RIP . . .

Posted by: Shanni at Dec 8, 2003 1:53:56 PM

I am also in shock. I am so sad!! I just can`t bring myself to believe it.. and finding out only a month later is sort of weird.. God Bless you Jonathan. We will never forget you, and the happiness that you brought into our lives.

Posted by: Gisele at Dec 11, 2003 11:50:03 AM

It was so sad to hear your death,Jon. I really wish someone could save you from the death. I love your acting very much, since the last espisode of seaquest was ending, it was hard to see your acting on TV in HK. You are the best in Seaquest, now you had gone but I'll keep searching news about you and you will never be forgotten, your story will never being ending.
God bless You, Your parents and Everyone who love and care about you. Jon, rest in peace & happiness. We all miss you...

Posted by: Seaman at Dec 11, 2003 3:49:35 PM

There has been a huge number of visits to this site since I posted this brief news item. Looks like there are many fans out there hunting for news. The fact that Jonathan was obviuosly much loved further compunds this tragedy. There's been so much interest in this that I feel I should post something in the way of an "In Memoriam" message. I thought I might include a brief bio and relevant links. If there's anything you think i should add let me know.

Posted by: dez at Dec 11, 2003 4:04:54 PM

I have also just found out a month later about Jon's death. And for the first time in my life, the death of someone I admired and that was a celebrity or someone i didnt know, made tears come to my eyes. I too loved watching IT when i was younger and fell in love with him that moment! He was a wonderful actor and i think it is such a waste to loose someone as great as him. Take care where ever you may be Jonathan! Dont forget how many people love and miss you. On a personal note, i think that if more people said that to him, this heartbreaking event may not of ever happened. Love you jonny

Posted by: Melanie T at Dec 11, 2003 10:07:23 PM

i am heartbroken over the news.it's true only the good die young. i grew up wathcing him. it was horrible to hear of the death of river phoenix and now johnathan. i wish i could have known him but i was just a kid. i wish i knew what he was thinking.where ever you are i hope you are at peace i hope you get another chance at life. i offer my condolence to your parents. i wish ..but wishing does no good all i can say is i hope you have nother chance at life and i loved love and will always remember you

Posted by: jillien at Dec 14, 2003 4:51:24 PM

Why did he kill himself? Find out the truth that is your job.

Posted by: Angeline Louison at Dec 18, 2003 6:00:49 AM

i wasn't really a fan, but i still liked him alot.
it makes me sad. Is that what all movie stars do to themselves? Corey Haim if your reading this never kill yourself.

Posted by: Pickle Gingras at Dec 18, 2003 6:03:25 AM

I am a huge jonathan brandis fan. He was sucj a talented young man. I am devistated and in a continual grieving process. I can't seem to move on mainly because i have no closer. I think about him most of the day, EVERY day. I have dreams of him hanging there and i wake up in tears. How could this happen to the one star that i loved with all my heart. My dream was always to meet him and now i never will. He ment everything to me and now he's dead. He'll never know about me or any of his other grieving fans who never met him. Those of you who have met him are very lucky and should cherish that memory eternally. I will never forget you jonathan RIP

Posted by: fayelyn weaver at Dec 19, 2003 3:19:02 PM

Remember Me

Remember me with smiles and laughter,
Because that is the way I will remember you all.
If you can only remember me with tears,
Then don't remember me at all.

An Irish Poem of Remembrance

When we begin to want everything, we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.
Sylvia Plath

Posted by: Brian Keith O'Hara at Dec 23, 2003 10:34:38 PM

I really can't believe how long it took the press to cover this. That is so sad for him, and all he accomplished - that he was treated like a nothing in the end. I feel so badly for his family and I wonder what could have been so awful that he felt suicide was the answer.

Why don't some of his friends come forward...I mean when David Strickland committed suicide, there were people everywhere...whAT'S UP?

Posted by: Danielle at Dec 24, 2003 5:20:51 AM

My mom just informed me of the sad news while we were watching Neverending Story III on cable. I was shocked and didn't want to believe her until I did the research myself. Still, after realizing that what she said was the truth, I am still in shock and dismay. It's terrible that he chose to end his life and he probably didn't realize all the people who loved and supported him. He will always be in my memories. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by: Michelle at Dec 26, 2003 9:17:08 AM

What makes me VERY UPSET is that there has been little to no news coverage about Jon's death. There have been countless news publications of people who have died in 2003 and they don't include him. They have people in their articles that have died after him even the freaking whale from Free Willy but where is the mainstream coverage on Jon? That truly angers me. Sure he hasn't been a household name for a many years now but he still lived and had a career in the media so he deserves that coverage. It is sad when a killer whale gets more news coverage in death than a man with real talent. He may not have had the best roles in the industry but he was one hell of an actor! I'll miss you buddy. I wish there was a formal place I could go and send my condolences to his family and friends. To Greg and Mary, sorry for your loss, I have no idea what you are going through but I wish you well and happiness again.
Elizabeth Bee-Valentine

Posted by: Elizabeth Bee Valentine at Jan 1, 2004 7:39:19 AM

Quiero decir que yo creo que se suicido porque estab cansado de vivir....como una manera de escapar del infierno donde debia encontrarse si esa es realmente la causa....yo lo he sentido muchisimo..siempre le querré porque el fue mi chico ideal.Te quiero Jonathan

Posted by: sibyl at Jan 4, 2004 10:39:25 AM

It is very heartbreaking when someone kills themsevles. Jonathan and I used to be penpals about 9 years ago, for about 4 years until we lost contact. I feel guilty because I knew him once but I can't imagine the guilt of his friends and family about not taking notice of his problems, if there were any at all. I am so sorry to the Brandis' and all his close friends I hope that time will heal your wounds.

Posted by: unknown at Jan 7, 2004 7:44:53 AM

i just wish people would realize that life can get really bad and really painful but it is not worth spending the rest of your life in torment in hell to take your life everyone should realize that in heaven you dont have movies and you dont have money and you dont have lovers and you dont have your everyday liveing up there so why worry about how bad life gets down here on earth cause you dont take that stuff with you so dont let it consume you into thinking that taking your life is the best way to go it only causes more pain for the loved ones god gave you life only he takes it and remember it is not as bad as you think and even if it is have faith and belive and god will ease the pain and give you everlasting life in heaven

Posted by: gossip_queen_tammy at Jan 10, 2004 9:06:58 AM

Sweet Jonathan.
You will always hold a special place in my heart even though you never knew me ... my condolences to your family and friends. I just came from work and I live in Holland, so when I read the news at work I said Jonathan Brandis the actor from "IT", the boy I was in love with when I was a kid? And my colleagues didn't know who you were, but I knew you, I admired your acting skills and I remember that I stared at your picture ...and I was in dreamland ...and now you're gone. You have had such an effect on my life and you will never know that...Maybe you truly did not know how much talent you had, maybe you did not know you were loved by so many, maybe...we'll never know. I'll miss you... R.I.P

Posted by: Jennifer Moesa at Jan 12, 2004 10:38:51 AM

This is the third memorial i have posted tonight.
I too have only just found out about your death.
I loved you so much Jon.
I will miss everything about you. From your wicked smile, to your deep voice that made me quiver.
I know your in a better place.
Rest well.
God bless.

Posted by: rebecca at Jan 12, 2004 8:37:32 PM

I dont understand this. Why didnt anyone see this coming?There had to be signs, right? I dont know, its just sad and i hope he is with the lord right now.

Posted by: Kamea at Jan 19, 2004 5:10:51 PM

I too like many of you have only just discovered the tragic news about Jonathan Brandis. It comes as such a shock I am virtually speechless but had to give something to this page. It is not as if I knew Jonathan at all or will ever understand what his friends and family are going through or what he himself went through but this story deeply deeply saddens me. I will never really be able to understand suicide. In many ways I think it is selfish and weak but at the same time I feel so sad and sorry to those who believe they have absolutely no other way out of their huge problems other than taking their own life. Couldn't he speak to someone, anyone? Was it that no one would listen? Could he try his hardest to change his life so it was different from the one he so hated? If only he had found an answer, a path, sunshine on a rainy day. My tears for you Jonathan, although we never met eyes or exchanged words. I hope you escaped your horrible world and found something better, all at the expense of your loved ones' grief. People loved you although you may have never thought so. You were loved, and are. If only that knowledge had pulled you through your bad times. You will never be forgotten, you will always be thought of. Amy.

Posted by: Amy at Jan 22, 2004 11:20:48 PM

Like all of you, I am in shock, devistated, and at a loss. There isn't much that I can say that hasn't already been said, except for the fact that we all loved Jonathan in our house. I was pretty young when Sidekicks and SeaQuest were out, but my sister and I used to watch them all the time. He was the only teen star my sister ever had a crush on. That's a pretty big deal for her. We all just found out this evening. My mom's still crying. I know that we never knew him, or his family, but our hearts reach out for him and all who loved him. We loved him too, and we'll miss him. Forever.

Posted by: Chelsea at Jan 26, 2004 1:22:07 PM

I loved him so much. I just found out today, it totally shocked me! I had absolutely no idea! Why wasn;t there more coverage on him?
Rest in Peace sweet angel

Posted by: Sarah at Jan 27, 2004 12:05:44 PM

I can't believe this has happened. What happened to the media letting us know about these things. We have to listen to who's dating who, but we can't hear when an actor so loved is gone. I love Jonathan and I always will. The minute I saw him in Stepfather 2 I was hooked. I'm very sad that he thought there was no other way then to take his own life. If only he knew so many of us were out there for him. Goodbye my love.

Posted by: Carla at Jan 28, 2004 4:21:32 AM