Actor and comedian Rob Delaney has announced that his two-year-old son has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016.
The Catastrophe actor took to Facebook yesterday to tell fans that his son Henry had passed away last month.
In an emotional post on Facebook Delany paid tribute to Henry, saying that his two-year-old boy ‘was a joy’ as well as being ‘smart, funny, and mischievous’.
In Delany’s post he wrote how:
His tumour and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum. His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound.
Rob revealed that Henry was first diagnosed with a brain tumour back in 2016, shortly after his first birthday. In early 2017 he had surgery to remove the tumour, he also underwent further treatment, unfortunately, last autumn his cancer returned.
Delany went on to say how he was:
… astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry’s mom and his brothers. 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.
The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry’s illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.
The actor, from Boston, Massachusetts, used the opportunity to ask his followers to offer kind donations to the Rainbow Trust and Noah’s Ark in their son’s name or a loved one. Delany says without their support his family ‘would be in much worse shape right now’.
He has also urged people to take action in supporting the NHS ‘however you can’ and ‘not take it for granted’.
As well asking for privacy for him and his family he pays one last fitting tribute to their son, writing:
Thank you, beautiful Henry, for spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much.
We here at UNILAD would like to offer our sincere condolences to Rob Delany and his family at this particularly difficult time.