Harry Hains, Sept 6, 2019, photo by Jerritt Clark {Getty Images by Airgraft}

Harry Hains, the young Australian actor best known for his roles in American Horror Story and The OA, died January 7, 2020.  He was only 27.

His mother, Jane Badler (Diana on V) announced the unhappy news.

“Sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction,” his mother, Jane Badler, wrote in an Instagram post confirming his death. “A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time.”

Hains had previously spoken about being gender fluid, telling the magazine Boys By Girls that “I believe we should be whatever we want,” Hains said. “It gets kind of confusing when we start labeling ourselves, so I try to stay away from labels.”

A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time …

– Jane Badler

A model and a musician as well as an actor, he performed under the stage name Antiboy.

Although a cause of death has not yet been released, his mother spoke of mental illness and the Guardian article announcing his death included suicide prevention phone numbers, which implies he took his own life.

He appeared in A Haunting at Silver Falls: The Return. In the Canadian film Groupies, he both starred as the kidnapped musician Shea and was one of the producers. He had been cast in the horror movie Klowns; his role will need to be recast.

He was born Harrison George Haines on December 4, 1992, in Melbourne, Australia. He died January 7, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. His mother has announced a memorial service in Los Angeles, Sunday, January 12.

“A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time.” J. B.