British-Lithuanian model and actor Robert Pattinson was last seen alive on Saturday, October 26, 2012. The 33-year-old actor is known for his roles in the Twilight series, most recently portraying vampire Edward Cullen. He also starred in Cosmo Canyon, an upcoming film about a fashion photographer who travels the world taking pictures of stylish women.
It was the day before Halloween and thousands of people were headed to local movie theaters to see one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Edward Cullen, the main character in the Twilight franchise, was set to make his first public appearance since the series was declared dead by the director of the fourth film in the franchise, Bill Condon. Edward Cullen has been missing since the closing minutes of the last Twilight movie, leaving fans wondering whether he would ever reengage with the world of vampires. The day before Halloween was to be the character’s grand reemergence.
Around 1 p.m., Pattinson was seen outside his North London home wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled up and sitting on a park bench, looking dazed. He was seen eating what appeared to be a McDonald’s Happy Meal and drinking from a red Solo cup.
At around 2:40 p.m., police were alerted that there was a man lying on the floor of a flat in Kilburn. When they arrived, they found the man suffering from apparent self-inflicted injuries. He was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later. The manner of his death was described as non-suspicious.
The following day, the UK’s Daily Mail published an in-depth article about the actor’s troubled past. It documented his drug addiction, his tumultuous relationship with Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart in the Twilight films), and his mental illness. This is the kind of press coverage the 33-year-old actor may have been dreading since he first made national headlines as Teen Wolf in 2011. That year, he was accused of viciously attacking a photographer who had photographed him for the press. The photographer was left with serious injuries and later sued Pattinson for assault. In a sworn statement given in court, Pattinson apologized for his actions and said he had suffered from mental illness at the time. He later settled out of court with the photographer for an undisclosed sum.
The Cause Of Death
The autopsy report, released on October 31, 2012, lists the cause of death as septicaemia caused by a blood infection. A blood infection occurs when there is an injury or break in the skin that allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Septicaemia is the medical term for bloodstream infection. It usually affects people with poor circulation or immune systems issues and can be caused by a number of things including an insect bite, minor cuts or abrasions, or a sexual encounter without using a condom. The pathologist who conducted the autopsy stated that the injuries on Pattinson’s body were consistent with inflicted injuries from a knife or sharp object. He also suggested that the injuries were consistent with self-harm or suicidal tendencies. The actor was known to have struggled with his mental health for many years and was reportedly being treated for depression at the time of his death.
According to British media reports, police were able to trace the last four digits of an iPhone 4S found near the body to a specific store and to a specific buyer. They also found an Apple MacBook Pro and an iPad 2 in his possession. No suicide note was found, but it appeared that he had planned his public reemergence in great detail. According to a source familiar with the investigation, Pattinson had been in contact with a member of the public on social media platforms just a few hours before his death. The source added that the contact was the last known person to speak to him. In the days leading up to his death, he had changed his Facebook profile picture to an outtake from the set of Cosmo Canyon. Police will also be looking into whether or not Pattinson had contacted any other members of the public leading up to his death. If so, it may be that he had planned to rekindle his public persona and wanted to do so in a way that would make the world appreciate his work. Unfortunately, his plan did not work out as he had hoped and he died a very sad and lonely man.
Signs Of Depression
Before his death, Pattinson had been keeping a low profile. He rarely gave interviews and did not want to be seen in public wearing an expressionless smile as he had with Edward Cullen in past films. Those who saw him at the time of his death said that he did not seem himself. Model Joan Collins, who briefly starred alongside Pattinson in a 2010 reality TV show, said that the actor appeared distracted and distant. In the days leading up to his death, he had changed his Facebook profile picture to an outtake from the set of Cosmo Canyon. Those who knew him well say that this was a clear sign that he was deeply troubled and that he was not doing well. Friends also say that he had been crying for no apparent reason. After his death, people who knew him began to notice that he had been increasingly lonely and asked whether or not he had a girlfriend. When he was first seen leaving his Kilburn flat on Saturday, he was alone and did not appear to be carrying any bags or clothing.
Pattinson’s manager, Simon Kay, released a statement after his death, saying, “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news. We had just spoken to him a few hours before his death and he had seemed happy and in good spirits. He was extremely talented and we felt privileged to have been his manager. He will be greatly missed.”
Pattinson’s last performance was on October 25 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Just a day before his death, he posted a selfie on Instagram, which had the hashtag “#bzap13”. This referred to Badfinger, the fictional band that he formed with the remaining members of the Beatles in 2013’s The Beatles: Love. In the film, he plays Ian Hunter, the manager of the group. In the film, Ian Hunter is in charge of a fictional band called Badfinger, which is a parody of the Beatles’ real-life break-up and the band’s subsequent decline in popularity. The band’s albums, which were parodies of the Fab Four’s real-life works, became a worldwide hit when the bands mixed traditional English music with American influences. On October 25, 2012, just a day before he died, Pattinson posted a picture on Instagram with the band’s iconic black cat, Roctoberfest, next to him. As his followers noticed, Ian Hunter is often seen holding a cat or dog in his arms. One of the band’s albums, 1965, was dedicated to all animals. Badfinger’s music became anthems of the 1960s in the UK, with several songs, including “Talkin’ ‘Bout Me” and “Everywhere I Go,” becoming national anthems. It was the last public performance for Pattinson and his fans were grateful to have seen it. Before he died, he had completed filming for Cosmo Canyon, a film he had been working on for over a year. The film is a psychological thriller about a fashion photographer who travels the world taking pictures of fashionable women. The cast of musicians and actors, which also includes Lily Collins and Billie Eilish, have described the film as a mix of Sex and the City, Annie Leibovitz, and The Duchess. It is set to premiere in January 2014.
In the week leading up to his death, Pattinson had been in contact with a member of the public on social media, including Twitter and Facebook, just a few hours before his death. A source familiar with the investigation said, “It is possible that he had been in contact with a member of the public about a week before his death. He changed his Facebook status from ‘In a relationship’ to ‘Single’ on Friday, October 25. He then changed it back on Saturday, October 26, less than 24 hours before he died. This suggests that he may have been planning to make a public announcement about his feelings for someone in the near future. It is not known whether or not he had plans to propose marriage to his Facebook contact.”