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R.I.P. Henry Deutschendorf, Oscar from ‘Ghostbusters II’

Along with his twin brother Will Deutschendorf, Henry “Hank” Deutschendorf portrayed Oscar, the infant son of Dana Barrett, in the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II. We’re sad to report that at just 28 years old, Hank recently lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder.

Hank Deutschendorf, the nephew of late musician John Denver, never returned to acting after Ghostbusters II, though he did appear in recent documentary Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters. Along with Will, Hank had been running San Diego’s West Coast Martial Arts Academy for the past several years.

Will made the sad announcement this week through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s ‘Hank’s Hope for a Cure’ fundraising website.

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank. On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder,” wrote Will. “Many people do not know much about Hank. Some knew him as Baby Oscar in Ghostbusters 2 or John Denver’s nephew. Others knew him as a brother, son, martial artist, teacher, uncle, or friend. What people do not know about Hank was that he suffered from schizoaffective disorder. It is a chronic mental health condition which is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He experienced hallucinations, delusions, depression, and mania. It is a very severe mental illness that usually requires a lifetime of treatment.”

Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008. If you knew Hank before his diagnosis, you knew a young man who was upbeat, healthy, witty, kind, outgoing, and was always ready to stand up for people. Medication curbed the delusions but it did not stop the voices. The side effects of the medication took a toll on Hank. He felt like a zombie, lost his personality, gained weight quickly, slept for twelve hours a day, and had to use all of his willpower just to lift his hand to drink a cup of water. My brother was left with a bandaid for a gunshot wound.”

By the end he had 25 voices, all with different personalities and opinions, but mostly agreeing they did not like Hank.”

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support.



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44 Comments
  • J Jett

    that’s heartbreaking news. he was so young. also i feel so sad for his twin brother. that has to be especially hard for him. my condolences to Will and his family/friends.

    • Bryano

      My wife is a twin, they generally have even closer relationships than regular siblings, so I imagine he’s in a lot of pain.

  • Bryano

    The last part is fucking heartbreaking: “By the end he had 25 voices, all with different personalities and opinions, but mostly agreeing they did not like Hank.”

  • Vader the White

    That’s horrible. That’s just horrible. My condolences to his friends and family.

  • Jesse Sikora

    r.i.p. 🙁

  • Charles Dibiasi

    as someone who suffers from the same rat blasted illness, I know first hand of the pain he went through. I do not like taking the friggen medication, but if I don’t I will wind up in the same boat
    where i tried killing myself again. R.I.P. Hank!
    For those who like to know, I have been doing well, but still have bouts of mental anguish.
    It’s not as bad as it used to be, Thank God and Jesus for that.

    Seriously, don’t be afraid to get help if you or someone you know is in serious mental pain.
    It will save their lives.

    • Saturn

      Stay strong.

      • Charles Dibiasi

        thanks Saturn!

        • Saturn

          No problem.
          I’ve suffered from mental health issues myself in the past (a milder form of Bipolar which could quite possibly escalate to full blown at some stage, so I have to keep a check on myself – alongside bouts of severe depression going on 30 years now), so can empathise.
          Hey, we in the horror community have to stick together!

          • Charles Dibiasi

            so true Saturn!

            I watch horror movies as i find them
            rather calming sometimes when feeling
            like complete garbage. ( i know i am not
            garbage, but i can’t find the words to properly
            explain it.) If that makes sense.

            I was once diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder,
            before my doctor caught some issues in me
            that were of the Scizoaffective disorder kind.

            Hang in there Saturn and be of a positive mind,
            i know it’s hard at times, as i still struggle with
            being positive minded during the worst of times.

            My faith in God and Jesus is really what sustains me.
            I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.

            Thanks for the positive vibes.

    • TheRealBadHatHarry

      God loves you. In your darkest, most desperate hours, God (and anonymous people on the internet) have only the most hopeful, caring thoughts for you. Remember that during your next dark night.

      • Charles Dibiasi

        Thanks Harry!

        It would serve me well to remember that God loves me,
        and that anonymous people on the internet care.
        I really appreciate all the support.

        God Bless.

    • The_Gentleman

      Just keep fighting, Charles. There’s a lot to live for. Stay as grounded as you can and keep going. Don’t let the fucker of an illness win.

  • scream4ever

    I love how it’s said that he died of the disorder, and not simply suicide. We must remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.

  • David

    That last paragraph is FUCKING haunting. Rest in peace, Lil Oscar

  • Grimphantom

    Wow, so sorry to hear that and how he lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder, i also feel bad for his brother since it would affect him more because twins have that special bond between them but hopefully him and his family can move on.

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    R.I.P! and I hope this changes peoples opinions on spree killers (that are not religious fueld) and realize that these people aren’t evil, they just got a mental condition which makes them do shit they dont wanna do.

    • Saturn

      Indeed, it often turns out that they’ve recently had a change of meds which turn out to be drugs which violent thoughts are common side effects.

  • thetaxxman

    RIP

  • Travis_Bickle

    I just watched GB2 yesterday and was wondering what happened to baby Oscar. Very Sad….RIP.

  • The_Gentleman

    This is a shame. I also have schizoaffective disorder. It’s a daily battle. with meds and counselling and doctor’s monitoring I live a good stable life, but it can fall away at any time. I’m one of the lucky ones. RIP.

    • 1349

      “By the end he had 25 voices, all with different personalities and opinions, but mostly agreeing they did not like Hank.”

      Have you ever experienced stuff like this? Genuinely curious. Sorry for your trouble.

      • The_Gentleman

        I have recurring hallucinations. For several years I’ve been “haunted” by a figure in a white robe with a small silent child that tells me I’m terrible and bad things. I also went through a phase where I was seeing people with tentacles for hands (too much Lovecraft LOL), and a small man in a rubber devil mask. I also locked myself in a car once believeing my father in law was trying to kill me. I’ve been in the hospital 5 times in my life. But i’ve been pretty stable for a few years now. My wife died and had to get my shit together to take care of my kids. They help take care of me, too. That’s some embarrassing shit I just typed but if it helps people understand that’s cool. I appreciate the question and remarks.

        • zid

          Wish you the best. Gentleman. Thanks for putting yourself out there so that others can understand better.

        • Bryano

          Don’t be embarrassed. At the very least you’re helping inform the uninitiated (like me) understand more about mental illness.

    • TheRealBadHatHarry

      Strong heart to you. You may indeed be lucky, you’re certainly lucky enough to be able to recognize how lucky you are. That’s really, really lucky. Just please don’t use that as an excuse to convince yourself you’re stronger than the help you may need. I’m sorry if I’m coming off wrong here, I don’t know anything about you, and please excuse this if I’m way off base. But I’ve known and loved people who thought they didn’t need help when they did and those people are no longer alive. It sounds like you have a reallly good head about you, I just hope you always remember that no matter how dark it gets, there will be another dawn.

      Godspeed.

    • Saturn

      May you live a good stable life (but stop looking at my horses with that sexy look in your eye!) for many more years, and know that you’re among friends here (well, as much as people all around the world typing can be, but you know what I mean),

    • Charles Dibiasi

      Hi, The_Gentlemen,

      It is so cool that you have a good stable life,
      and you are absolutely correct, it can fall away
      at any time. I know this because i suffer from
      the same affliction. It truly is a daily struggle,
      and all my friends say ‘I don’t know how you do
      it.’ I would rather physical pain to this mental one,
      but it would suffice having neither of those.

      Hang in there Big Guy, I’m rooting for your good
      health and you.

      ciao.

      • The_Gentleman

        Thanks, and best to you too. Keep going. that’s my mantra. Just keep going. I have a good life. I lost my wife 3 1/2 years ago but I have three great kids and they love and support me, and I have my horror movies and comic books and lots to live for. Find things that ground you and pull you through. That’s what I do even if it’s just reading the next issue of Saga or whatever.

        • Charles Dibiasi

          sorry for your loss, Gentleman.

          If me and my wife were still together
          we might have had kids as well.

          although the three we were going to have
          have all been miscarried, and I blame myself
          for that, because I put her under a lot of stress
          and i didn’t even know I was doing so, that is until
          recently. All I knew was that I was constantly leaving her
          and then getting back with her, and so on and so forth.

          I try to keep myself grounded, but as today proved it
          to me, I really really really suck at it.

          I’ll try to keep my chin up.
          It’s great that you have kids
          that help you and support you.
          My parents try to, but they just
          don’t understand.

          Sorry for my personal drama.

          Ciao for now.

          • Minya

            Don’t be sorry, hang in there, God bless and keep you my friend.

    • The_Gentleman

      Thanks to everyone here. I come on here a lot and some days I’m in a pissy mood and post shitty, troll-worthy stuff. I regret that today. You guys are cool.

      • Creepshow

        Best wishes Gentleman. Eh, don’t worry about past comments. Most people around here don’t take things personal, and most of the time I found the comments funny.

  • Fr0gg0

    I had a friend with schizoaffective disorder, took his own life last summer. It’s an awful disease that the majority of people never takes seriously.

    • The_Gentleman

      That’s awful. I’ve lost people in my life too. I’m very sorry.

  • Hawkeyefan

    RIP

  • Master Santay

    Mis condolencias a la familia. Sigo la película Ghostbusters II. Es lamentable.

  • Pedro Ferreira

    Rest in peace.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    🙁

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  • SpacemanSpliffz

    rip hank. glad you had a strong support group to help you, as many with mental health disorders are sadly ignored or written off by most people. gonna go watch ghostbusters 2 in memoriam for you today

  • Jeremy Lock

    Very sad news, I feel sorry for his twin as I know that’s probably super hard for him. This stigma needs to be lifted so more ppl get the help they deserve.

  • John F. Daniel

    RIP Hank..I am bipolar myself and usually sleep all day and have severe depression, but suicide is not something I could ever do. I am just so disheartened that so many use it as a way out, it ends their pain but it puts it all on someone else.But god bless you and your brother, I pray you are out of pain.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    Forget Vigo. The real-life demons got him. So sad.

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