The writer of hit teen drama Dawson’s Creek took her life aged 50 after a 13-month long, painful battle with coronavirus, her family has revealed.
The writer of hit teen drama Dawson’s Creek has died by suicide after a long and painful battle with Covid-19 that left her bedridden for a number of months.
Heidi Ferrer, 50, took her life at her home in Los Angeles last month, her family revealed to Variety.
The married mother-of-one contracted the virus in April last year, experiencing severe pains in her feet and ankles, fatigue and flu-like symptoms.
By June, her symptoms had escalated and she was bedridden in excruciating pain and neurological tremors which she detailed in devastating posts on her blog.
In a heartbreaking post in September titled ‘How I’m recovering from long haul covid’, Ferrer described her struggle but declared that “covid won’t win”.
“The monster is real and it came for me. Recovering from Covid-19 has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through and I’ve been through a lot,” she wrote.
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“In my darkest moments, I told my husband that if I didn’t get better, I did not want to live like this. I wasn’t suicidal, I just couldn’t see any quality of life long term and there was no end in sight.
“One of the cruellest things covid did to me was to take away my ability to have dreams. I don’t mean dreams in my sleep, I mean I completely stopped dreaming about my future because I couldn’t picture it. It was a wall.
“Yes, everyone had lost our trips, our events, our free lives during the shutdown, but I had lost all of that and also became suddenly crippled with scary neurological programs.”
Ferrer went on to urge others struggling with covid to never to give up.
“I believe this in my bones: If you are suffering from this monster, you will eventually make it out, we will heal,” Ferrer wrote.
“Slowly, almost inexorably, sometimes glacially … we are recovering. It’s just that no one knows for sure how long it might take, maybe six months, maybe a year.
Her condition is believed to have deteriorated rapidly in the last few months.
Her husband Nick Guthe, who is a screenwriter, director and producer, revealed news of her death on social media following the 13-month battle.
“She fought it like she lived, ferociously, but in the end it was relentless and took away everything from her,” Guthe wrote in a Facebook post.
She is survived by her husband Nick and their 13-year-old son Bexon.