The soap world was stunned by the death of veteran daytime actor Roscoe Born (Mitch, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ex-Tom, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, ex-Trent, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and many more) on March 3, and it inspired an outpouring of emotional tributes from the people with whom he worked. And now, a week after his passing, the Born Roscoe Songs Facebook page has released a statement from his family regarding his death.
“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the death of our father and brother Roscoe Born,” it said. “The gleaming charisma and creativity that shone through his onscreen performances, fueled his robust songwriting repertoire, and charmed all those around him were matched by a darkness in his life. Roscoe has long struggled with bipolar disorder, a shadow that he succumbed to when he took his own life on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of kind words and memories,” they continued. “We only wish that Roscoe could have seen how much people still carry his daytime villains in their hearts. My his death remind us of the importance of opening up conversations around mental illness. May those who need help seek it. May those who seek help receive it. And may it serve them.”
Our hearts go out to Born’s family and loved ones during this difficult time and appreciate them sharing the details in the hopes of bringing awareness to mental health issues and inspiring others suffering in the same way to seek the help that they need.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health condition, you can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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