Writer and producer Heidi Ferrer remembers her husband after his untimely death at the age of 50.
The “Dawson’s Creek” writer committed suicide on May 26. Ferrer had experienced severe physical pain due to symptoms of long-range COVID-19 over the previous months and days, her husband Nick Guthe – also a esteemed writer and director – told Fox. News Friday.
“My beautiful angel, Heidi, passed away tonight after a 13-month battle with Long Haul Covid,” Guthe wrote on Twitter and in a moving post shared on Ferrer’s personal blog. “She was an amazing mother. She fought this insidious disease with the same ferocity with which she lived. I love you forever and I’ll see you later. “
In his post, Guthe noted that Ferrer had received a COVID-19 vaccine. “Many people with long-term COVID have been told that the vaccine could help them fight off the virus,” he told Fox News. “Unfortunately, in his case, it did exactly the opposite. “
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He shared that Ferrer “has made progress”. However, a few months later, “she could barely walk” and had “terrible neurological tremors”, which Guthe described as similar – but not exactly – “to Parkinson’s tremors”.
In detailing Ferrer’s life until his death, Guthe stressed the importance of listening to patients and identifying symptoms that may be of concern in people living with long-distance COVID.
While Guthe has insisted that he is “very pro-vaccine” and that his son, who is 13, “will receive the second vaccine,” the writer said he did not “necessarily think that the people with long-term COVID should rush to get vaccinated. “
“I think there is too much unknown about this,” Guthe argued.
“The really frustrating part of long-haul COVID right now is that so many doctors don’t know how to treat it,” he continued. “Some people try to enlighten those who have it. “
Guthe explained that Ferrer could not be referred to a long-distance COVID clinic because she had not yet tested positive for the virus in April or May 2020; many previous tests had been found to be inaccurate.
“She ended up getting a more sophisticated test from a Stanford doctor, Dr Bruce Patterson, who was an AIDS pioneer in the 1980s and studied COVID long term,” Guthe said, adding that thanks to Patterson’s test base for long-haul COVID, Ferrer’s doctor was finally willing to refer her to the Cedars-Sinai long-haul COVID clinic in Los Angeles.
“We received this letter of recommendation the day before Heidi committed suicide,” Guthe said of his wife, whom he described as “an American success story.”
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“She was a girl from a small town in Kansas who moved to Louisiana at the age of 10 after her parents divorced,” he said. “She wanted to move to Hollywood and saved the money she made working in an after school shoe store for years. “
After graduating from high school, Ferrer was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and “literally packed her Chevy Blazer and traveled across the country sleeping in motels and putting on a chair against the door near the doorknob at night just to make the door more secure. “
For years, Ferrer worked as a hostess “to pay for her life,” while writing tirelessly during the days and afternoons, Guthe said.
She studied screenwriting with genuine passion and sold her first screenplay to the late Oscar-winning producer Arnold Kopelson before embarking on “an extremely dynamic writing career for over ten years.”
Guthe said Ferrer was “very open about his battles with alcoholism” and had a history of drug addiction and suicide in his family as his own father committed suicide when the couple’s son – who suffered from childhood scoliosis – was only four months old.
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He said the stress of their son’s diagnosis – and subsequent medical treatments – had a huge impact on Ferrer. She fell into alcohol and depression while putting the needs of others before her own, spending countless nights helping other families with children facing similar health issues and caring for them. other people with addictions.
“The stress of my son’s illness contributed to her drinking, but she struggled nonetheless,” said Guthe, adding that Ferrer had been sober for three and a half years when she finally committed suicide.
“The best version of her has come back to us – the absolute best,” he boasted of his late wife. “She was like the person before, but even better – more humble, more patient, kinder, more loving, more giving of herself to others. I mean, she was spending hours online helping other people struggling with addiction. “
The bereaved widower added: “The real tragedy is that the last two months of her life, when she was feeling healthy, she was working very hard to finish her memoir. “
“I think she was really worried about having a heart attack or a stroke or something,” Guthe added. “Then she finished her memoir on May 2, told me it was done and said, ‘If something happens to me, please try to find a publisher or self-publish. -the. And I said, ‘Of course I will.’ “
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“At the time, I thought it was possible that she was having a heart attack – I didn’t know that. Of course, his heart rate was increasing uncontrollably, all those symptoms that didn’t make sense, the tremors. So she worked extremely diligently. until the end, and it’s just tragic that she conquered alcoholism, which is such a difficult disease to overcome, only for it to take her, ”he continued.
During her conversation with Fox News, Guthe also explored Ferrer’s greatest memory from “Dawson’s Creek” and explained that she “wrote hell” from her most beloved episode – the one in which Dawson starred. by James Van Der Beek, and another “getting drunk for the first time” character.
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« [‘Dawson’s Creek’ creator] Kevin Williamson liked the episode so much that he actually hosted a screening party at his house and invited the entire Writers’ Room to his home for the evening for a screening. That’s how much he liked it and how much it was an appreciated episode. “
Above all, Guthe said Ferrer “just loved to see his words come to life.”
Ferrer is survived by Guthe, their 13-year-old son, as well as his mother and sisters.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).