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‘American Horror Story’ actor Harry Hains dead at 27

2020-01-11

Actor Harry Hains, whose credits include the hit FX TV show “American Horror Story” and Netflix’s “The OA,” has died at age 27.

His death Tuesday was confirmed by his mother, Brooklyn-born "V" actress Jane Badler. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

“On Jan 7 my beautiful son died. He was 27 and had the world at his feet,” Badler wrote on Instagram Thursday. “But sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction. A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time. I will miss you Harry every day of my life.”

The Melbourne, Australia-born actor was currently based in Los Angeles, after having previously lived in New York and London, according to The Guardian.

Among several appearances in TV shows and short films, Hains played the lead role in the 2015 drama “The Surface,” directed by Michael J. Saul. In the same year he appeared as Boy in an episode called “Devil’s Night” in Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

Hains, who identified as gender fluid, was also a model and a musician, performing under the name ANTIBOY. He talked about his gender identity last March in an interview with U.K. magazine Boys By Girls.

“I don’t like the idea of labels," he said at the time. “If I had to pick a label it would be in the realm of gender fluid. I know that I am born male but I don’t think I represent what it means to be a man. I believe we should be whatever we want. It gets kind of confusing when we start labeling ourselves so I try to stay away from labels.”

In 2018, he released his first album, “A Glitch in Paradise,” when he debuted his music alter ego ANTIBOY, a gender-fluid robot living in a post-label future.

His mother, Badler, was best known for her role as Diana, the main alien antagonist on the NBC sci-fi series “V,” which aired from 1983 to 1985. She also appeared in an ABC reboot of the show in 2011.

Badler, in her Instagram post, said there will be a memorial for her son in Los Angeles on Sunday.