Mia Farrow responds to ‘vicious rumors’ about her three dead children as she urges kindness online

Mia Farrow on Wednesday night posted a lengthy statement about the deaths of three of her children, addressing what she called ‘vicious rumors’ about her family, after she was accused of digitally removing one of them from a photo.

Mia made the statement after one of her tweets from 2016 reemerged, which appeared to show her daughter Tam had been edited out of a picture with Hillary Clinton. 

The old photo showed son Ronan Farrow shaking hands with Hillary Clinton, but Tam – who appears in the original shot – seems to have been removed.

Mia hit out at ‘vicious rumors based on untruths’ on Wednesday.

In her statement, Mia – who had 14 children – discussed Tam’s death in 2000 at age 19, from an accidental overdose of prescription migraine pills. 

She also discussed a second daughter, Lark, who died from HIV/AIDS aged 38, in 2008, and her son, Thaddeus, who took his own life in 2016 when he was 29. 

Mia Farrow’s Twitter statement in full

As a mother of fourteen children, my family means the world to me. While I chose a career that placed me in the public arena, most of my children have elected to live very private lives. I respect each of their wishes, which is why I am selective in my social media posts.

Few families are perfect, and any parent who has suffered the loss of a child knows that pain is ceaseless. However, some vicious rumors based on untruths have appeared online concerning the lives of three of my children. To honor their memory, their children and every family that has dealt with the death of a child, I am posting this message.

My beloved daughter Tam passed away at seventeen from an accidental prescription overdose related to the agonizing migraines she suffered, and her heart ailment.

My daughter Lark was an extraordinary woman, a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and mother to her own children. She died at 35 from complications of HIV/AIDS, which she contracted from a previous partner. Despite her illness she lived a fruitful and loving life with her children and longtime partner. She succumbed to her illness & died suddenly in the hospital on Christmas, in her partner’s arms.

My courageous son Thaddeus was 29 and happily living with his partner; we were all anticipating a wedding soon. When the relationship abruptly ended, he took his own life.

These are unspeakable tragedies.

Any other speculation about their deaths is to dishonor their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones.

I am honored to be the mother of fourteen children who have blessed me with sixteen grandchildren. Although we have known sorrow, our lives today are full of love and joy.

Everyone has their own battle to fight; their own sorrows that gnaw. I send you my best hopes and my love.

– Mia Farrow

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Farrow’s family has been once again in the spotlight following the airing of a four-part HBO series, Allen v. Farrow.

The series focused on her daughter Dylan’s allegations that Woody Allen, her adoptive father, molested her when she was six years old.

‘Few families are perfect, and any parent who has suffered the loss of a child knows that pain is ceaseless,’ wrote Farrow, the mother of 14 children.

‘However, some vicious rumors based on untruths have appeared online concerning the lives of three of my children. To honor their memory, their children and every family that has dealt with the death of a child, I am making this post.’

Lark was described in her statement as ‘an extraordinary woman’ and a ‘wonderful daughter, sister, partner and mother to her own children’.

Farrow wrote: ‘Despite her illness she lived a fruitful and loving life with her children and longtime partner. She succumbed to her illness & died suddenly in the hospital on Christmas, in her partner’s arms.’ 

Tam, Farrow said, passed away in 2000 at age 19 ‘from an accidental prescription overdose related to the agonizing migraines she suffered, and her heart ailment.’

Mia Farrow, 76, issued a lengthy statement about her family on Wednesday night

Mia Farrow, 76, issued a lengthy statement about her family on Wednesday night

Mia Farrow, 76, issued a lengthy statement about her family on Wednesday night

Farrow is pictured with seven of her 14 children, including Soon Yi, standing next to her, who would go on to marry Farrow's ex Woody Allen

Farrow is pictured with seven of her 14 children, including Soon Yi, standing next to her, who would go on to marry Farrow's ex Woody Allen

Farrow is pictured with seven of her 14 children, including Soon Yi, standing next to her, who would go on to marry Farrow’s ex Woody Allen

Woody Allen, 83, has had his reputation severely damaged by accusations from Dylan Farrow

Woody Allen, 83, has had his reputation severely damaged by accusations from Dylan Farrow

Woody Allen, 83, has had his reputation severely damaged by accusations from Dylan Farrow

Farrow is seen with her daughter Lark in 1993. Lark died from HIV/AIDS in 2008, aged 38

Farrow is seen with her daughter Lark in 1993. Lark died from HIV/AIDS in 2008, aged 38

Farrow is seen with her daughter Lark in 1993. Lark died from HIV/AIDS in 2008, aged 38 

Moses Farrow, who was adopted as a toddler by Mia and co-adopted by Woody Allen in 1991, disputed Tam’s death in a 2018 blog post and alleged it was a suicide.

‘Tam struggled with depression for much of her life, a situation exacerbated by my mother refusing to get her help, insisting that Tam was just ‘moody.’ 

‘One afternoon in 2000, after one final fight with Mia, which ended with my mother leaving the house, Tam committed suicide by overdosing on pills,’ Moses wrote.

‘My mother would tell others that the drug overdose was accidental, saying that Tam, who was blind, didn’t know which pills she was taking. 

‘But Tam had both an ironclad memory and sense of spatial recognition. And, of course, blindness didn’t impair her ability to count.’

In Moses’s blog, he also alleged that brother Thaddeus was abused by Farrow.

That claim has been disputed by nine of Mia’s other children.

Thaddeus was 29 when he died in 2016.

Farrow described her son in the statement as ‘courageous’ and ‘happily living with his partner’ before the relationship abruptly ended. 

‘He took his own life,’ wrote Farrow.

Tam Farrow, with a cane, is seen in 1995, with Thaddeus. She passed away in 2000 at age 19

Tam Farrow, with a cane, is seen in 1995, with Thaddeus. She passed away in 2000 at age 19

Tam Farrow, with a cane, is seen in 1995, with Thaddeus. She passed away in 2000 at age 19

Thaddeus, who suffered from polio, is pictured in September 2000 with Ted Turner

Thaddeus, who suffered from polio, is pictured in September 2000 with Ted Turner

Thaddeus, who suffered from polio, is pictured in September 2000 with Ted Turner

Farrow said that the continued speculation about the trio’s deaths was ‘to dishonor their lives’ and tarnish their memories.

‘These are unspeakable tragedies,’ she wrote.

‘Any other speculation about their deaths is to dishonor their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones.

‘I am grateful to be the mother of fourteen children who have blessed me with sixteen grandchildren. Although we have known sorrow, our lives today are full of love and joy.

‘Everyone has their own battle to fight; their own sorrows that gnaw. I send you my best hopes and my love.’

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