Famous British actor and former “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has died at the age of 27. The “Revolution” and “Bad News Bears” actor passed away from an undisclosed cause at 02:00 A.M. on Monday (Dec 12). He was placed in a medically-induced coma following the death of his mother, Elizabeth Taylor, earlier this month (Nov).
Pattinson’s tragic life had become headline news across the world in recent weeks as fans and journalists followed his every move. The actor had been struggling with depression and addiction for years, and in recent months had checked into a rehabilitation center three times. While fans may have lost hope of seeing the actor happy and healthy, it seems his professional life was proving him to be just that. In 2016 alone, Pattinson appeared in films including the indie drama “Good Time,” starring alongside Elle MacLeman and Joel Kinnaman, and the animated movie “The Secret Life of Pets.” He will also be seen on the big screen next year in Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” which also stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Additionally, the “Water for Elephants” star had been working on his memoir, and had recently revealed he is planning on writing a ‘senior thesis’ on his time in rehab.
The news of his death was confirmed by his publicist, who also stated that the cause of death had not been ruled out by police.
Pattinson’s rise to fame as a child actor in the U.S. began when he was 13 years old, after playing Edward Cullen in “Twilight.” The film was a major success and is still considered one of the greatest teen films of all time. In 2009, he appeared in his first big-budget Hollywood film, “Sherlock Holmes,” as a young detective. Since then, he has gone on to appear in a number of high-profile films, including the well-received 2014 film “The Rover,” which is about an injured war veteran who must work to provide for his family. In 2015, he starred in the sports film “Fighting with My Family,” which told the story of two brothers who must compete in an MMA tournament to see which one will become champion. In 2017, he starred in the upcoming horror film “Gingerbread,” which is about a group of friends who decide to spend the night at a house with a terrifying ghost named Victoria (played by Kristen Stewart).
While his professional life was going well, it was his personal life where he was facing some struggles. In 2010, the then-21-year-old revealed to the world that he had briefly locked himself in a cupboard as a way of punishing himself for an incident that had happened three years earlier. The incident had involved him attacking a photographer who was trying to take his picture outside of a London nightclub. When police arrived, they found the photographer injured and in need of medical treatment. The attacker was initially charged with attempted manslaughter, but later cleared of all wrongdoing. In an interview with “The Sun” in 2015, Pattinson said that while he firmly believes that he would never intentionally hurt a person, he still struggles with impulsive violence and has seen a therapist to work through these issues.
His Mother’s Death
On Dec 6, Taylor—the 54-year-old actress who starred in films such as “Burlesque,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”—died in a hospital in Beverly Hills, California. She had been suffering from congestive heart failure and had recently spent several days in the hospital. Her publicist stated that she had died peacefully at home. Taylor was also the mother of British actress Lili Taylor, who is best known for her role in the 1996 film “Dead Again.”
His Health Issues
Pattinson was always a private person who rarely gave interviews, but in recent months he had begun to open up about his mental and physical health issues. In September 2016, he checked into a rehab center in Arizona, where he spent about a week. One of the main reasons he gave for entering rehab was to get help with his mental health, which he had previously struggled with. The actor had previously been open about his past alcohol abuse and had spoken fondly of his two-year sober stint in 2011, saying, “It’s been a really interesting journey and, for the most part, healthy… I think that getting help with your problems is part of growing up. You don’t have to be ashamed about asking for help.”
In an interview with “The Daily Mail” in 2016, he admitted to drinking heavily as a teenager and also using painkillers and steroids. He also spoke candidly about his issues with depression and said that he had contemplated suicide at many points throughout his life. “I’m a very private person. A lot of people don’t know how to act around me. They don’t know how to act like I’m not going to hurt them,” he said. “But you are entitled to your feelings, and I think that it’s important to be able to talk about them. Especially with somebody who cares about you. I’ve tried to be really open and honest about everything, because I think that’s the key to creating a good atmosphere when you’re living together… It’s really important to be able to express yourself, no matter what. Because you never know when that last person might be the one who could help you.”
The Cause Of Death
The autopsy on Taylor’s body has been completed and the results have not yet been made public, but it is known that she died of natural causes. A coroner’s report revealed that she had suffered from cancer years earlier, which had been kept in check by radiotherapy. In 2015, she was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the body’s immune system. She was given a 50-50 chance of surviving and was treated with chemotherapy drugs. The report stated that her condition had become critical in the days leading up to her death, so she was in hospice care when she passed away.
Pattinson’s publicist released a statement, saying: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a very special woman, actress Elizabeth Taylor. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and auntie. She will be greatly missed by her family and close friends but she left this world peacefully with her family around her.”
Taylor is survived by her two sons, Prince Liam and Prince Charles. The family has decided that an inquest will not be held, and all inquiries should be directed to the chief coroner of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Many celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late star. A Change.org petition requesting a government inquiry into Taylor’s death had received more than 28,000 signatures as of early December.
Aside from his mother, Pattinson was leaving a significant mark on the world of arts and entertainment. Taylor’s death resulted in a huge surge of Brits heading for the outlets north of the border, with some experts predicting that there would be a £2.2 billion economic impact from overseas repatriation alone.
His partner, French-Canadian singer and actress Folané Essomba, released a statement on social media saying: “It is with great sadness that I share the loss of a truly wonderful person, Elizabeth Taylor. My heart goes out to her children, who I know have been robbed of a beautiful mother, but who also need to learn to love and appreciate her more as they get older. My condolences to the entire family.”
While most people would consider Pattinson’s early life to be a happy one, it seems that his personal struggles with depression were being reflected in the content of his films. The “Rover” star had revealed that he was originally going to leave “Twilight” far behind him, due to the pressures of filming and the intense publicity that comes with being one of Hollywood’s most popular and influential young stars. He had even considered quitting acting all together and moving to Italy to get away from the press.
In the 2017 documentary “Robert Pattinson: Close Up,” the actor stated: “I feel like every day is a battle. I have a lot of lows, a lot of dark periods—I don’t know if they’re depression or anxiety, but it’s something—and then I have these incredible highs, and it’s euphoria, almost, that I get off heroin, which I’m struggling with. So it’s a bit of a rollercoaster.” In a separate interview, he had said that he had felt lost and alone since the age of 15 and had seriously considered ending his life.