‘Glee’ Star Darren Criss Mourns the Loss of His Older Brother

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Multi-instrumentalist Chuck Criss, brother of Joy Darren Criss alum and indie rock band member Independent Whalesdied at the age of 36.

Her younger brother, Darren, paid a moving tribute to her via Instagram on March 2.

“It breaks my heart beyond measure to say that my beloved brother Charles has left us. Obviously, it’s a colossal shock. His loss leaves a debilitating fracture in the lives of his mother, brother, three young children and their respective mothers. I’ve spent what already feels like a small eternity trying to figure out what I think, something I think I’ll try to do for the rest of my life.

Criss revealed that Chuck took his own life after battling chronic depression for years. He didn’t provide specific details about how Chuck died, but wrote at length about the importance of seeking help for mental health issues. “Seeking professional advice and support is a wonderful way to help you see how abundant love is for you,” he added.

Chuck became a member of the indie rock band independent whales in 2008. They released their first album Weathervanes (2010). In 2012, he released a second album diluted with independent whales and released a digital solo album titled:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: in 2013, which he recorded at home with his then-wife Lucy. In 2014, he left the group to pursue other projects.

Chuck also formed the musical duo Computer Games with his brother Darren, and they released an EP titled The Lives of the Lost Boys in 2017.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799- 4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. A list of international crisis resources can be found here.

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