How Did Harry Hains Die? 'American Horror Story' Actor's Cause Of Death Finally Revealed

Rest in peace, Harry Hains.

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When it was announced in January 2020 hat 27-year-old Harry Hains had died, it sent shockwaves through fans of horror television. The star of American Horror Story won the hearts and minds of countless fans the world over, and he seemed to have a bright future ahead of him thanks to his star turn in the popular FX show. 

And though he died two months ago, it took until March 2020 to finally reveal his cause of death. 


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How did Harry Hains die? Let's look at what we know about this terrible tragedy and what caused the death of this actor, who was taken from us far too soon. 


1. How did Harry Hains die? He died of an accidental drug overdose. 

At the time of Hains' death on January 7, 2020, his cause of death was not revealed. However, today, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has revealed that Hains' cause of death was accidental fentanyl intoxication

2. His mother said he suffered from mental illness and depression. 

Hains' mother, actress Jane Badler, took to her Instagram page to share that her son had died. At the time, she didn't share his cause of death but said that he suffered from mental illness and depression. You can see her post below.

3. She also said Hains' insomnia contributed to his pill addiction. 

"I am so grateful for all the people who came to learn more about Harry. Harry was blessed with beauty, talent and brilliance. He also struggled with a profound sleeping disorder which led to a lifetime dependence on medication. I can see now that my fear is gone how hard he tried and how strong the struggle was. I am so proud of him. Harry fought for those who feel marginalized or different," Badler said in a separate post.


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4. Just one week before he died, Hains posted a message of hope on his Instagram page. 

What made Hains' death even more shocking was the fact that just one week before he died, he posted a message of hope for the future on his Instagram page. In the post, he cheered for the "new era" that was about to come in 2020. You can see the full post below. 

5. Hains had starring roles in other television shows and films. 

Even though Hains may have been best known for his role in American Horror Story — where he appeared in the so-called "Hotel" season of the horror saga — he also had several other credits to his name as well. Hains also starred in The OA, Sneaky Pete, and even had a burgeoning musical career under the name ANTIBOY. 


6. Hains was proud to identify as 'gender fluid.'

Hains did an interview under his musical name, ANTIBOY, and said that he identified as 'gender fluid,' even though he used the 'he/him' pronouns. 

"I know that I am born male but I don’t think I represent what it means to be a man,” Hains said. “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. I grew up in Melbourne and I had a very open and accepting family. Dating someone of either sex didn’t make a difference to me.”

Our thoughts are with Harry Hains' family during this undoubtedly difficult time.


In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, publicist, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post,, and more.