Jonathan Brandis

April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003

 

Jonathan Brandis
Jonathan Brandis

 

For those who are claiming I have misspelled his name, I would like to share a scan of his toe tag with you. The Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed with me that, “The name on the toe tag was taken from the initial report by the law enforcement agency.  He was later positively identified by his CA driver’s license and his full name and correct spelling was entered into the Coroner database.  We strive to have correct information on all cases, but sometimes by the time we have the real deal, we have already printed documents that become the permanent record.”  With that in mind, his name is now corrected.

Many thanks to our friends at Celebrity Collectables, who provided the autopsy report for this story.  Thanks Ted, you guys are too generous to us.

On Wednesday the 12th of November 2003, a kid by the name of Jonathan Brandis killed himself. He never made a huge impression on the entertainment world – (I’ve since been corrected, apparently he was hugely famous and got loads of fan mail.). I only know him coz he was the kid that stuttered in the scary clown TV movie, IT.

He did several other things, which you can see here.

For some reason his death really struck a chord with a lot of people. I’ve never received more email after a celebrity death. My theory is that since he was so young (27) that a lot of people around that age or younger are just now dealing with thoughts of their own mortality. At least that’s all I can come up with. I remember the first time someone I knew was killed, I walked around like a zombie for about a month. Weird how things affect.

He lived in a cool old apartment building just off Wilshire Boulevard,

that had a front door that looked like a drawbridge.

 

 

To visit him, no doubt you rang this doorbell.

He lived on the second floor.

 

So Brandis… I guess he was having a bad life, certainly a bad day. According to his mom he went out to dinner with friends, then they went back to his apartment. His friends reported that he seemed to be agitated, and pacing around quite a bit. He left the room, and about 15 minutes later one of his friends went looking for him, and found him. He was hanging by a nylon rope, in the second floor hallway of this building. His friends cut him down, and called paramedics. Despite efforts, he was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 2:44pm.

Kevin Hassell comes thru and provides us with Brandis’ Death Certificate.  Thank you Kevin!

 

 

He was wearing a pair of Diesel Jeans, white-blue-green and red Tommy boxers, and white socks.

Background: according to his mother, he had no prior suicide attempts, drank socially, quit smoking over two years prior, and did not abuse drugs. There were no personal problems, except for the fact that he could be quite hard on himself. Somewhere, something was definitely wrong.

The paramedics claimed to smell alcohol in his vomit, but forensics found that there were no drugs at all, and only .03% alcohol. So he was in clear thought when he offed himself. He must have been one sad individual.

He was cremated, and given to his family.  There was a vacancy the day I was there.

 

 

I wonder…

Wanna see his mailbox?

 

 

 

A few weeks ago, I went out on my Sunday morning bike ride to take photographs for Findadeath. See? My devotion never ends. Well, I completely blame Ashton Kutcher  for breaking my camera when it jumped out of my hands to photograph his dumb restaurant that day.  I took photographs for this story, but none came out – so I had to wait until today to take replacement pictures.  But before I screwed up my camera, I managed a few pictures of the La Brea tar pits,

which are really impressive.

In fact, I was sorta surprised to see real tar seeping out of the sidewalks.

Learn something new every day.

 

 

42 thoughts on “Jonathan Brandis

  • June 4, 2021 at 12:03 am
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    Only at: findadeath.com

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  • May 21, 2021 at 7:22 pm
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    Hey I’m confused. Idk if anyone will see my comment but does anyone have a clearer photograph of the death certificate because from what I can see it says where I’m assuming it says age of death, the number there is 57?? So is there any clearer pics of this anywhere and something married which I can not work out. Any replies would be appreciated 🙂

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  • May 5, 2021 at 8:25 pm
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    I always thought maybe he’d hoped someone would hear and save him? Maybe it was a cry for help? Maybe he really didn’t mean it?….. Maybe he did. Maybe he was tired?…. I’ve been on both sides. You just never know what someone is thinking when they’ve had enough.
    May God rest his sweet soul. Whatever he was going through, he was done. He was tired? He was broken. We are in no place to judge. He is finally at peace. Please leave him be. Let him rest in peace. ❤️🌹

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  • March 29, 2021 at 8:49 am
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    This whole thing seems sketchy to me. First, who commits suicide by hanging with a group of friends in their apartment? Second, how did the friends not know what he was doing…I don’t go to my friends house and hang out, without my friend there….so how did they hang out in his apartment while he was hanging in the hallway? What the hell were they doing inside his apartment if he wasn’t in there, too? And why didn’t any check on him (it was his apartment) until so much later….this is so odd, because most people don’t commit suicide like this.

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    • April 9, 2021 at 5:21 pm
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      Really? If I’m at a friend’s house and they leave to use the bathroom, go on a beer run, change clothes etc. I stay. It’s not uncommon, especially for close friends. They obviously didn’t know what he was about to do. Maybe they thought he stepped outside to smoke or for something fresh air?

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  • March 15, 2021 at 10:39 pm
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    @ S. Williams. You’re correct, one person knows.

    That’s the man they cut down from the rafters after he took his own life.

    Look, I’m not being crude. But conspiracy theories help nobody.

    From a psychological standpoint (yes I have a degree in the subject):

    Most people don’t want to believe stars can possibly be clinically depressed behind closed doors. They’re taught to believe the American dream (fame, fortune, flexible jobs, setting your own schedule) is no better represented than in movie stardom. When a young star kills him or herself, it’s beyond fathom for regular people.

    How could somebody be living the American dream AND hate their life?

    But, here’s the truth: young people thrust into that position at 10-11-12 years old are often too young to understand the finite nature of any job.

    For Mr. Brandis, imagine how he felt looking at his former prom date (Brittany Murphy) or Leonardo getting ADULT roles while he struggled for—any—relevance.

    Couple that with the fact that very few of the projects he fronted remained hyper relevant for a long period of time (ie people always remembered him)….and, if he always felt he had a career waiting for him, at a minimum, chances are his adult life were a—massive—comedown.

    This is a kid who, just 10 years prior, fronted a nationally syndicated TV show….and, when he died, he was so irrelevant, his scenes were being dropped from films.

    That’s not something that happens to Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise.

    It’s something that happens to has beens or role players.

    This is not to blame his suicide solely on his career, rather to point out he could have quietly contemplated self harm for months and, perhaps impulsively, dared himself to go through with it.

    Once the moment came, he quickly lept, ending whatever he was going through and taking any further thought about it away.

    Whether or not he would do it over we will never know, but that seems far more like what people should be discussing instead of thinking there’s some deeper outside mystery here.

    I feel sorry for this kid. I remember him from It when it first aired. Only now did I realize he was dead after looking him up and reading his history.

    He is just one of many who went from a notable child/teenager draw to rather obscure adult actor with average looks and marginal acting chops. Maybe he wanted more or had some deeper issues outside his career, but his death was most certainly his own doing….and not some coverup.

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  • March 14, 2021 at 1:45 am
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    noticed harts war had noted his scenes were deleted and that was right around his death and wondered if that was his tipping pioint.

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    • March 14, 2021 at 1:58 am
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      Just to note above comment is because I remember reading that he became severely depressed after he got almost completely cut out of Hart’s War.

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  • November 20, 2020 at 10:09 pm
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    I remember hearing and seeing all about this on TV and radio. I was and still am a fan of Jonathan. I Don’t understand this suicide. Nobody heard anything at all. You would think somebody would have heard someone rather it was the beam/raffter breaking, the chair/stool falling, Jonathan chocking,gagging. It has to be more to this than what we know. Another thing how did nobody see him tie the rope to the beam or see it hanging. It was right outside his apartment building. The people there with him that night know the real truth but they won’t come forth. RIP gorgeous angel and if somebody did this to you may they be punished for life.

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  • November 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm
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    One dead wanker!!!!!!

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    • November 19, 2020 at 4:03 pm
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      Johnny Morys ‘One Dead Wanker’. Yes, that would look great on your gravestone and the perfect title for your obituary when your time comes. Idiot.

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  • October 22, 2020 at 7:45 am
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    I loved watching his movies and tv show. I believe I knew when he was dead. I saw the news. I don’t remember crying, I just remember being angry 😡. I loved his work. I new he would come back as an actor because he was a damn good actor.

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  • October 18, 2020 at 12:31 am
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    There has always been something off about Jonathan Brandis supposed suicide. First off, how in the world was he able to prepare his rope, get on some stool or chair (or whatever he used) and then take his life without anyone from the nearby apartments hearing the noise and commotion from the pipes/banister being pulled down or cracked from the force of his falling body weight where tied the rope, the kicking and vomitting enduced from the sudden chocking effect and seeing a young man hanging lifeless in their hallway? What about viewing the security cameras in and outside the building to verify how things really went down for his parents’ peace of mind? Where did he have that rope without his friends noticing it in his hands? Too many questions about this one and it was very under investigated. Those friends that were with him that night know the real truth and will take it to there graves, unfortunately. :'(

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    • November 12, 2020 at 5:46 pm
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      that’s so sad omg even worse that if he did it 🙁

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      • April 19, 2021 at 2:16 pm
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        Shut up you shouldn’t be saying that what if one my family members passed away of suicide and we said that about your family member that died how would you feel😡

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    • November 20, 2020 at 9:53 pm
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      I agree something isn’t adding up about this one.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm
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    I lived in that apartment building at the time of Jonathan’s death. Oddly, I don’t recall ever seeing him or passing him in the hallway or in the laundry room or anywhere else. I crossed paths with everyone — I thought — who lived there in the five years that I did. My apartment was on the 1st floor, front left. Apt. 101…

    In 2003, I was working on an episodic TV show at the time, so I was out the door early every morning and wouldn’t get home ’til late every night. I do recall the night I came home and there were firetrucks and paramedics in front of our building. It must have been the night he died. However, no one ever came to my apartment to ask any questions and no one in the building ever discussed what happened with me. In the photo above inside the apartment, my apartment is (was) the one on the left next to that fire alarm box. I miss that place….

    At some point after Jonathan died, I was cornered by the Manager of the building while coming back from the laundry room. His name was Dan Dyer. Dan was a very chatty Cathy who, once you got into a conversation with him, you were stuck for a good 4-5 minutes. He was a good dude though. When he stopped me this time, he wanted to talk about Jonathan’s death. I told him I didn’t know Jonathan, and he was like, “Sure you did. You were good friends with him.” I told him he was mistaken, and I had never met him. But Dan insisted I knew him and was surprised I was denying it. I insisted I didn’t know him. Regardless, Dan told me he had seen the “crime scene” before the police arrived, and was convinced it was murder.

    Dan was kind of a conspiracy theorist and said from what he saw, he knew it wasn’t suicide. Dan claimed to have some experience in law enforcement or security or something of that nature, but again, since I didn’t know Jonathan I didn’t really care about the details of his passing. I still found it kinda creepy that someone had died in my building. Dan was convinced it wasn’t suicide, though. Sadly, Dan passed away around 2007-8…

    I know none of this means anything anymore, but it may stoke some of your curiosities about Jonathan’s passing. There are some who believe it wasn’t suicide…

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    • November 20, 2020 at 9:56 pm
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      I’ve always thought it wasn’t suicide.

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    • February 19, 2021 at 12:29 pm
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      hello sir maybe you are not going to see my message but I was very interested in what you explained to us as you said your friend Dan to talk about the fact that it was not a suicide but an assassination but many people say he was in depression. and that he was the one who committed suicide but since your friend Dan had a gift and he said it was someone who murdered him I have so much doubt I know it’s true because he’d never tell you I think but then I wish I knew who would do such a thing can- be that he wasn’t feeling well but I don’t think he would have done that and did you know if they made any inquiries? thank you sir have a good day

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      • February 22, 2021 at 11:56 am
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        Hi Giulia-

        Thank you for the reply. I don’t know if Dan had a “gift” but he felt that Jonathan’s death was at the hands of someone else. Again, I wasn’t familiar with Jonathan’s mindset at the time — having never met him — but I did know that building. It was built in 1939, had very high ceilings (10′?) in the apartments and the hallways. I believe that’s where Jonathan was found…in the hallway. I’m not going to conjecture on whether he killed himself or not, but I think Dan’s theory was the pipes in the hallway were too high for anyone to hang themself. Again, I never investigated Jonathan’s death, so I don’t know if there was a chair found beneath the body, or something like that. But for whatever reason, Dan was sure it was murder. And since he saw the crime scene first — or nearly first, because, TBH, I don’t know who found the body — he thought he knew what happened.

        I can’t comment on Jonathan’s depression, because A) I didn’t know him and B) I’m not really sympathetic to people who kill themself because of depression…especially if you’re an actor in Hollywood. Everyone in Hollywood knows you need to have thick skin and be able to take rejection if you pursue acting. If Jonathan suddenly found his future wasn’t as bright as it was in his teenage years, he could have/should have found a way to solve that, or change professions, or get some help. And who knows if alcohol or drugs played a part. Regardless, suicide is never the answer…

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        • March 8, 2021 at 1:45 pm
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          He also liked writing and directing, and he could’ve simply changed his profession if he thought that his career wasn’t as bright as before. Ever since I knew about this “suicide” it never sounded right to me…

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        • March 20, 2021 at 5:16 am
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          While you’re certainly entitled to your opinion, just be aware that saying (or writing) things like “I’m not sympathetic towards people who kill themselves because of depression” is one of the major reasons many people with depression don’t tell anyone of their feelings and seemingly kill themselves out of the blue. Depression is an illness just like cancer. Arguably, it’s far more crippling as most people don’t tell someone with cancer to just get over it. Seeking help is difficult because of attitudes like yours. It takes little to no effort to show compassion or simply not speak about topics you don’t care to understand.

          That said, Jonathan’s parents and friends – people that really knew him and not the pricks who ran to People magazine right away – have said his career had nothing to do with his death. That’s all speculation from people who didn’t know him and are grasping. In retrospect, Jonathan’s parents and friends realized he likely had manic depression for which he never sought treatment because he thought he could deal with it. It wasn’t Accutane or satanic bullshit or repressed memories of being molested. His brain chemistry was skewed. Jonathan had been working since he was two. He knew how the business worked and wasn’t caught up in recapturing whatever teen idol fame he had. Other people may have been, but he couldn’t have cared less. He was an artist who loved film and filmmaking and had much more to offer than what he was allowed to give at that point. The more I see and hear of people, the more convinced I become that we don’t deserve to see what people like Jonathan possessed.

          Lastly, “Dan” was full of beans or something much more unappealing. Jonathan didn’t hang himself from the pipes outside of his apartment door. It was a wooden beam which was within reach and could easily support him.

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  • April 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm
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    I’m going to tell you right now what I believe happened to Jonathan. He’s another victim of disgusting satanic Hollyweird and that pedo Steven Spielberg. My psychic senses tell me that Jonathan Brandis was killed because he knew too much and he was a good person. They destroyed his soul and I’m sure he was done the same way they all abused and used Corey Haim. All this is now coming to light for a reason. These people deserve justice for them being “suicided”. It’s a lie – they were killed by the powers that control all the pedo Hollywood rings.

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    • May 11, 2020 at 11:54 am
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      Yeah that’s what it is. A mass conspiracy and cover up by Steven Spielberg. Did you know that his true form is actually the alien from E.T.? Which by the way wasn’t actually a “movie”, but a documentary about Steven Spielberg since he’s a satanic alien sent to earth to molest then kill child actors……..I mean to “suicided” them. 🙄🙄🙄🙄

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      • November 7, 2020 at 9:26 am
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        Yeah – Hollywood is a healthy, wholesome, happy place where dark things don’t happen. Think Satanism doesn’t exist in L.A.? Check out the scene there. I did. Cured me if my interest very quickly.

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        • February 8, 2021 at 6:46 pm
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          I think that satanism exists mostly in your mind. Just let it go.

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    • November 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm
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      I don’t know about Hollyweird or Spielberg being involved but g*d damn it some body was and some body knows and some body needs to come out’ with what they know for the sake of their own sanity and well being and help this young man and his family with some real’ closure.

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    • April 7, 2021 at 1:44 am
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      I am so tired of you small minded FOOLS who are hung up on this conspiracy nonsense about pedi rings and ridiculous satanic cults. I happen to be married to the brother of one of the leading FBI cult investigators and you can 100% rest assured, there is NO organized satanic pedo cults running Hollywood. This has been more thourouhly investigated than the Kennedy assasination and it DOES NOT EXIST !
      You idiots are just people with very low IQs , a very gullible nature, over active imagination, nothing better to do, bored , lives an unexciting life and enjoys fantasy so you get caught up in this craziness. It just makes you look so stupid. Cut it out bc youre making other gullible dummied believe the same thing. Its pure nonsense. Quit watching Fox Fake “News”

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      • June 3, 2021 at 11:53 am
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        I could not have said it better ^. You go Karen, very intelligent reply.

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  • April 16, 2020 at 12:36 am
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    I have often thought of why Johnathon Brandis’ suicide has affected me over the years. He had an almost naivete’ that came through in a lot of characters that he played, a basic goodness. I think the transition to adulthood & adult roles didn’t pan out for him. I remember reading that his part in Hart’s War (a Bruce Willis/Colin Farell vehicle) ended up mostly on the cutting room floor. That was his transition to more mature roles. I think what is sad to me is thinking what could have been for him both personally & professionally, had he gotten some help, had he lived. I think Johnathon Brandis, through everything I’ve seen was a good soul. Such a loss. It saddens me whenever I come across a story on him.

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    • April 25, 2020 at 12:25 am
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      Good guess Sean, you might be right.

      “He had an almost naivete’ that came through in a lot of characters that he played, a basic goodness”

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  • April 1, 2020 at 11:37 pm
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    I’ve read the autopsy. MULTIPLE TIMES, thank-you. To be completely candid, while it covers the facts of the complications which led to his death VERY well, there are several curious facts about the incident itself, which I always felt were uninvestigated/unexplained. I think the investigation was wrapped up too neatly as a suicide case, and I have spent many quiet years with a nagging feeling that how his neck went into that rope, has more of a story to it than we know of. It’s little things, but to this day going over that autopsy never added up to a suicide, in my head. Or in my heart.

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  • February 4, 2020 at 4:50 am
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    One thought I would like to point out that I haven’t seen anyone mention yet is that he chose to end his life at age 27, on 11/11, and quite possibly at 11:11pm (the time is purely speculation, but friends called the paramedics at 11:40). According to everything I have read about him, he grew up in the spotlight and had big dreams, had a pretty big following of crazed female fans, and had a fairly long and serious relationship with another celebrity (Tatyana Ali). In an interview when he was 18, he commented on fellow actor friends who hit a tough time with no work in over a year. According to accounts I’ve read online, he was said to be depressed about his career fizzling out, and aside from that, his relationship had ended and he was said to be lonely. Everyone knows about the so-called “27 Club” of extremely talented actors and musicians who died tragically at that age; friends said he seemed agitated the night of his death. My thought is that perhaps he was in a deep private despair, aware that he had reached age 27 and he wasn’t where he had expected himself to be in life, maybe in his eyes a teen idol that didn’t quite make it, and very likely may have decided to immortalize himself by joining the club at 11/11 (the date he hanged himself) at 11:11 (my own speculation). I don’t know why his death affected me so much as I wasn’t a huge fan of his movies or acting, but there was something about him. It haunts me to think that quite possibly, even this final move he made to end his life would have been to him a failure; the impact he had in mind was lost on the world, as his suicide attempt did not end his life until the following day, 11/12. Just a sad theory that I wanted to share sympathetically but hope I’m wrong about.

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  • January 19, 2020 at 1:36 am
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    Are there photos of the actual scene? Morbid curiosity!

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  • January 3, 2020 at 8:57 am
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    Just wondering where’s the picture of his toe with the tag on it? And also why wasn’t there an open casket memorial service so we can all see him ?? To me it all seems like there’s something else going on,, like maybe what if he faked he’s death. What if he was tired of all the fame and just wanted to live a normal life. Just wondering .

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    • January 14, 2020 at 8:32 am
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      The site that hosted the toe tag photo might have expired but I have seen it, maybe try google images for it. He was cremated and his parents didn’t think it necessary for a memorial service as sadly Jonathan had largely been forgotten by mainstream media and the public by then, after he died it took people weeks sometimes over a year to realise… so you had people in 2004 saying hmm I wonder what J Brandis is up to these days.. then they found his obituary. I would probably say his death was not faked as I have read the autopsy report and I highly doubt the physicians would have faked that.. what gain would there have been for them? It would be nice if it was true and he was still living but we all think that when someone dies. Sadly Jonathan is no longer with us and all we can do is rewatch the work he was involved in and admire the amount of effort he went to and reflect on how sad it is when former child actors struggle with the transition into adult acting.

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      • January 14, 2020 at 8:57 pm
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        Thanks for letting me know – although the toe tag is a scan thats many years old, I put it back on the page.

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      • March 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm
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        I’m going to bet none of you have ever experienced the actual suicide of a close person to you or wrestled with suicidal thoughts yourself, all of it is very possible and could’ve been planned out days before in preparation which is usually how it goes. I know all of you watch too
        Many movies and think you know how it is, but it’s nothing like that at all. Usually if someone is going to kill themselves no one knows about it at all because that then ruins their plans… so stop analyzing someone’s brain at their lowest
        Point it’s pathetic and disrespectful

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    • February 22, 2020 at 10:28 pm
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      Seriously? Not everything in the world is a conspiracy. Criminy, where do you people get this stuff? You all need meds.

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      • July 20, 2020 at 10:33 am
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        Oh, FFS. Calm down, Dawn. Conspiracy theories go hand in hand with “shocking” celebrity deaths. No need to condescendingly scream for meds. I don’t get the need of some to even exert this effort. Just walk on by….🙄

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    • March 14, 2021 at 1:57 am
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      Maybe his family didn’t want a open casket.

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