Inasmuch as long life is one of the desires of every parent towards their offsprings, Rob Delany’s son Henry couldn’t live more than his parents. His life was cut short almost before he began living it. He was once known as the third child among the four sons of Rob Delany; an actor, comedian, and writer whose name is well situated in the hearts of many.
Rob rose to fame as a comedian who used social media as his stage. In his later years, the comedian subsequently released a book titled Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. What exactly happened to Rob Delany’s son, Henry? Read on to find out more.
What Happened to Henry – Rob Delany’s Son?
Following Rob Delany’s marriage to the English stylist Leah Delany, Henry’s parents welcomed four sons. They all grew in love until 2016 when Henry; the third child, at age one, developed symptoms that were first linked to a urinary tract infection.
However, after so many unsuccessful efforts with therapy, further diagnosis on Henry revealed that he was suffering from a brain tumor of which the only treatment was surgery. The ailment left Henry at the mercy of needles and vials, making his family watch him slowly fade away. According to Delany, though Henry was helpless with his condition, he was mentally sound and captivated with things around him. At such a tender age, he was never deterred by the ailment, despite not being able to speak; thus, leaning on sign language for communication.
In January 2018, at the age of 2, Henry lost the battle to cancer, leaving his parents and siblings heartbroken. Although he died in January, Rob never made it public until the following month after the incidence. He announced the death through his social media page. He also shared how Henry became ill and how they managed him all through. This was solely to encourage and comfort other grieving families like his. Even in his grieve, Delany never failed to thank the medical practitioners that helped his family through Henry.
Perhaps, the death of Henry opened another phase in Delany’s life as he has become involved in charity and contributed to the Rainbow Trust or Noah’s Ark in Henry’s name to help other families in the United Kingdom with their ailing children while inviting others to do same.
Rob Delany was born Robert Delaneysss as an Irish-American on January 19, 1977. He grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts. Delany began the journey of his career with a few followers on his social media page. The number of followers began to increase little by little and in 2010, he was named one among the 20 funniest persons on Twitter. Delany did not only stay popular on social media but took to writing and co-wrote, as well as featured in Catastrophe which started showing in 2015. Other works he is known for include: Wild Girls Gone (2007), Coma, Period (2009), Key and Peele (2012), First Dates with Toby Harris (2012), and Hobbs & Shaw (2019) among others.
Besides comedy and acting, Delany has a great potential in writing and has published a book titled Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage (2013).
The Aftermath of the Death of Rob Delany’s Son
Before the death of Henry, Leah and Delany were already expecting a fourth child. Delany shared that Henry was the first to be told of the news of the pregnancy. Months after his death, the family welcomed their fourth child whom Delany described as magical.
The death of Henry left a vacuum in the heart of Delany and that of his family. The writer and actor made it known that the ailment and death of his son had also left him to battle with both grief and fear when it comes to the health of his other children.
Also, he shared the emptiness of their first Christmas without Henry via his Twitter page on December 26, 2018, and has continued to openly talk about his son with the aim of reducing pain and grief, as well as make other grieving families feel loved, heard, and seen.