Canadian actress Kim Cattrall reflected on an issue that most pray to avoid: losing a family member to suicide. Cattrall, 66, lost her younger brother, Chris Cattrall, 55, to suicide in 2018 after his body was recovered by Alberta police. Chris had been missing from his home for five days before the recovery of his body.
Cattrall discussed the nearly decade-long period of loss that she and her two sisters endured in an interview with The Sunday Times. Her father passed away in 2012, her brother in 2018, and her mother in 2022.
“With my mum, she was 93 and it was a slow decline,” she said. “But my brother, this was out of the natural order. This wasn’t supposed to happen…You remember where you were, what happened, what was said. It is all so accessible, all the time, a weight that is always with you and never leaves.”
Chris had been an alcoholic. Cattrall said: “A friend of mine, who’s a big advocate of AA, which my brother never went to, said alcohol is a mistress that gets you alone and then kills you. It was startling to hear that with such bare-bones clarity. And that’s exactly what happened.”
Cattrall stated that she was relieved that her father did not have to deal with the death of her brother. “I’m just glad my father wasn’t alive to experience it. As tough as he was, I don’t think he could have taken it,” she said.
Cattrall posted a birthday tribute to her late brother on Instagram, leaving sweet words in the caption that were tear-jerking. “Happy Birthday, sweet ‘Topher,’” she captioned the picture. “We miss you today and every day. RIPx.”
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