Ronan Farrow Pays Tribute to Late Brother Thaddeus After His Suicide: ‘I Never Knew Anyone Stronger’

Rest in peace, brother. I never knew anyone stronger, or who overcame more.

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Ronan Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, took to social media over the weekend to pay tribute to his late brother, Thaddeus Farrow, who committed suicide September 21 at the age of 27.

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Ronan, 28, shared two childhood photos of himself and his brother — who was adopted from an orphanage in Calcutta, India, in 1994 — via Instagram. In one shot, Thaddeus (who was a paraplegic and a polio survivor) is pictured using crutches while wearing leg braces. In the other, he is in a wheelchair.

“Rest in peace, brother. I never knew anyone stronger, or who overcame more,” he captioned the heartfelt post Sunday, September 26.

Mia Farrow with her son Thaddeus as they participate in the global summit on polio eradication at United Nations headquarters in 2000.
Mia Farrow with her son Thaddeus as they participate in the global summit on polio eradication at United Nations headquarters in 2000. AP Photo/Richard Drew

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As previously reported, Thaddeus died September 21 from a life-threatening injury after he shot himself in the torso. Authorities discovered him in his vehicle in Roxbury, Connecticut, and he was later pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital.

Shortly after Thaddeus’ cause of death was confirmed, his famous mother, Mia, 71, took to Twitter to pay tribute to her late son.

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“We’re devastated by the loss of Thaddeus, our beloved son and brother,” she wrote. “He was a wonderful, courageous person who overcame so much hardship in his short life. We miss him. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and words of kindness.”

Ronan Farrow and his mother, actress Mia Farrow attend the Greater Talent Network's 30th anniversary at the Ambassadors River View at the United Nations on May 2, 2012 in New York City.
Ronan Farrow and his mother, actress Mia Farrow attend the Greater Talent Network’s 30th anniversary at the Ambassadors River View at the United Nations on May 2, 2012 in New York City. Desiree Navarro/WireImage

The Rosemary’s Baby actress adopted Thaddeus (one of her 10 adopted children) two years after she and boyfriend of 12 years Allen, now 80, separated in 1992. She is also mom to four biological children: twins Matthew and Sascha and son Fletcher Previn (with ex-husband André Previn), as well as Ronan. Thaddeus was Mia’s third adopted child to pass away, after Tam and Lark.

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