Heidi Ferrer, author of 'Dawson's Creek,' commits suicide after contracting COVID.
Heidi Ferrer, a writer for "Dawson's Creek," committed suicide in May, her husband said, following a year-long battle with COVID-19. She was fifty years old.
Her husband, screenwriter, director, and producer Nick Guthe, confirmed to Deadline that she committed suicide on May 26. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April 2020 and was still battling the virus more than a year later. Ferrer was bedridden and in constant physical pain in May as a result of the virus's long-term symptoms, which included severe neurological tremors.
“After a 13-month battle with Long Haul Covid, my beautiful angel, Heidi, passed over tonight,” Guthe wrote on Twitter. “She was an extraordinary mother. She battled this insidious disease with the same zeal with which she lived. I will always love you and hope to see you down the road.”
According to TMZ, Ferrer detailed her symptoms and her battle with the virus in a September post.
“In my darkest moments, I told my husband that I didn't want to live like this if I didn't get better. I wasn't suicidal; I just couldn't see a future with any quality of life and no end in sight," she wrote at the time on her blog GirlToMom, which she began in 2008 to write about raising a child with progressive infantile scoliosis.
Ferrer was born in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s to pursue a career in acting. He eventually enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After selling her first screenplay, "The C Word," to Academy Award-winning producer Arnold Kopelson, she eventually transitioned to screenwriting, Deadline reported.
Ferrer went on to write episodes of the television series "Dawson's Creek" and "Wasteland."
Her husband, Bexon, 13, her mother, Nancy Gilmore, and sisters Laura Frerer-Schmidt and Sierra Summerville survive her.