“Catastrophe” co-writer and star Rob Delaney lost his 2-year-old son to a battle with a brain tumor.
The comedian, actor and writer announced the sad news on his Facebook page Friday, writing that the young boy’s cancer returned last fall and he died in January.
“He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he’d moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals,” Delaney wrote.
He added that Henry had learned sign language and learned to move around on his “little bum” after suffering physical disabilities from the tumor and surgery.
“His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound. I am astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry’s mom and his brothers,” he wrote.
“They are why I will endeavor to not go mad with grief. I don’t want to miss out on their beautiful lives. I’m greedy for more experiences with them.”
Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, just after his first birthday after Delaney shared despite surgery to remove the tumor, the cancer ultimately returned.
Delaney is married with two other sons.
He asked his Facebook followers for donations to be made to the Rainbow Trust and Noah’s Ark Hospice to help other families in the UK with sick children and also declared his support and thanks for the National Health Service.
“I would also urge you to take concrete and sustained action to support the NHS, however you can,” Delaney wrote. “Do not take it for granted.”
The Boston native, now living in London, asked for the family’s privacy and said he is nothing left to say that he hasn’t already said.