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07th Jul 2024

Rob Delaney says he wants to die in the same room as his late son

Ryan Price

The actor’s two-year-old son passed away from brain cancer in 2018.

Rob Delaney has said that he wants to die in the same room in which his son Henry passed away six years ago.

The Catastrophe star was speaking to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs when he opened up about the tragic loss of his child in January 2018.

The US comedian admitted that he asked the property’s landlord when he moved out: “Listen, if you ever go to sell this place, let me know first because I would like to buy it.

“So when I’m 81 I can crawl in here and die. In the same room that my son died in, that my other son was born in.”

The Deadpool 2 actor added: “He had to know that this family that loved him was alive and was growing and that there was somebody that we were going to tell about him.

“We knew that they would not overlap corporally on this Earth, even though Henry’s younger brother was born in the same room that Henry died in, our living room.”

The 47-year-old told Laverne that he and his wife, Leah, had considered leaving London but had continued to live in the city because of memories of Henry.

“For so many reasons, we’ve stayed, one of which is I like to go put my hands on slides at the playground that Henry slid down.”

He added that he sometimes bumps into the nurses that looked after his son and said London and the NHS had taken very good care of his child.

Delaney has previously described the NHS as “the pinnacle of human achievement” and that his family received “truly unbelievable” care while Henry was sick.

The Boston-born performer also explained that he had complicated feelings just before the birth of his second son.

“I was [thinking] well, my heart’s been destroyed. It’s been torn into pieces and dissolved in salt, and it’s just garbage so I’ll take care of this kid.

“I will feed him,” he added. “I will put him in clothing that fits but am I going to be able to love him? I don’t know if I can do that anymore.

“And then the nanosecond he exited my wife’s body. I looked at him and just started weeping and was so in love with him and just wanted to sniff him and eat him and put him under my shirt and squeeze him. And I love him desperately.”

It’s not the first time Delaney has opened up about his grief. He shared stories about Henry’s diagnosis, time in hospital and death in his book, A Heart That Works.