Her partner, screenwriter, director and producer Nick Guthe told Deadline that she committed suicide on May 26. She had contracted COVID-19 in April 2020 and was still battling the virus more than a year later. Ferrer was “bedridden and in constant physical pain” in May due to long-term symptoms of the virus, including severe neurological tremors.
“My beautiful angel, Heidi, passed away tonight after a 13 month battle with Long Haul Covid”, Guthe wrote on Twitter. “She was an amazing mother. She fought this insidious disease with the same ferocity with which she lived. I love you forever and I will see you on the road.
As reported by TMZ, Ferrer wrote about his battle with the virus, detailing his symptoms in a September article.
“In my darkest times, I told my husband that if I wasn’t getting better, I didn’t want to live like this. I was not suicidal, I just saw no long term quality of life and there was no end in sight, ”she wrote at the time on her blog GirlToMom, which she started in 2008 to write about the education of a child infantile scoliosis.
Born in Kansas, Ferrer moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s to continue his acting education and ended up studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Eventually, she switched to screenwriting after selling her first spec, “The C Word,” to Oscar-winning producer Arnold Kopelson, Deadline reported.
Ferrer went on to write episodes of “Dawson’s Creek” and “Wasteland”.
She is survived by her husband; 13-year-old son, Bexon; his mother, Nancy Gilmore; and sisters Laura Frerer-Schmidt and Sierra Summerville.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can get help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.