Rob Delaney announces death of his 2-and-a-half-year-old son on Facebook

“His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound.”

As of the afternoon of Nov. 2, Rob Delaney had 946,960 Twitter followers. That number surely will have grown by the time you read this. 

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Rob Delaney, the comedian, actor, and writer behind the British sitcom “Catastrophe” and a popular Twitter account, announced the death of his 2-and-a-half-year-old son, Henry, in a Facebook post Friday.

Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, according to Delaney. After surgery to remove the tumor and treatment early last year, the cancer returned in the fall, and Henry died in January.

Delaney wrote:

My wife and Henry’s older brothers and I are devastated of course. Henry was a joy. 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. His tumor 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.

I am 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.


Delaney, who grew up in Marblehead and now resides in London, went on to thank those who cared for Henry.

“I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world,” he wrote.


Read Delaney’s full post below:


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