Darren Criss’s brother Charles Criss dies by suicide aged 36

‘He was a good man with a good heart who contributed enormous amounts of laughter, music, and joy to the world’

Louis Chilton
Wednesday 02 March 2022 19:14
<p>Brothers Darren and Chuck Criss, photographed in 2017</p>

Brothers Darren and Chuck Criss, photographed in 2017

Darren Criss’s brother and sometime bandmate Charles Criss has died by suicide at the age of 36.

The actor and singer announced the news on Wednesday (2 March), sharing a lengthy tribute to his older sibling on Instagram.

“It breaks my heart beyond measure to say that my beloved brother Charles has left us,” he wrote. “Obviously this is a colossal shock. His loss leaves behind a debilitating fracture in the lives of his mother, his brother, his three small children, and their respective mothers.

“I have spent what feels like a small eternity trying to wrap my head around it, something I suspect I’ll be attempting to do for the rest of my life. But in the short time that I’ve had to process everything, I’ve managed to put some words together that may help with some of the questions you have.

“And though it’s with the heaviest sadness I’ve ever felt to have to write this, it does give me peace to know I’m putting it out there.”

Criss’s full statement can be read embedded below.

Charles, referred to throughout the tribute as “Chuck”, was also known as a founding member of the US indie rock band Freelance Whales.

The brothers released an album together under the name Computer Games in 2017.

According to Criss, his brother died after suffering from “severe depression”.

“As an artist, he possessed a raw, inimitable talent that never ceased to inspire me,” he wrote. “A distinct voice and songwriting style that I greatly admired for its singularity and sincerity.

“His impressive skills as a musician mixed with his poetic observation of the world yielded a prolific amount of music that was endlessly unique, clever, fun, intriguing and beautiful to me... A fitting metaphor for his very soul.”

Criss also advised people struggling with depression or mental health issues to seek counselling and support.

“Chuck Criss was vibrant, special, worldly, hilarious, insightful, gifted, intelligent, celebrated and adored,” he wrote.

Enjoy unlimited access to 70 million ad-free songs and podcasts with Amazon Music Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

“He was a good man with a good heart who contributed enormous amounts of laughter, music, and joy to the world.”

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, the Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

If you are based in the USA, and you or someone you know needs mental health assistance right now, call National Suicide Prevention Helpline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are in another country, you can go to www.befrienders.org to find a helpline near you.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in