Sons of Anarchy actor David Labrava has been mourning the loss of his son Tycho, who took his own life on Saturday (May 5).
Labrava announced the news in a Instagram post on Wednesday (May 9) confirming his son died aged just 16-years-old.
The 55-year-old actor and tattoo artist shared a series of photos of the two of them together, including on set of the popular show, and another in front of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, along with their pet dog.
Never in a million tears would I think I would be posting this. This is my boy Tycho.
He took his life a couple of days ago at 16-years-old. He suffered from a depression we couldn’t see because he was a happy young kid.
Communicate with your loved ones, there might not be any signs. Cherish them. I am broken.
Never in a million tears would I think I would be posting this. This is my boy Tycho. He took his life a couple of days ago at 16 years old. He suffered from a depression we couldnt see because he was a happy young kid. Communicate with your loved ones, there might not be any signs. Cherish them? I am broken ? #gofundme.com/flyhighTYCHO
At the bottom of the post Labrava also included a link to a GoFundMe page, which is raising money for a ‘depression and bipolar organisation’ which was ‘Tycho’s last wish’.
Created yesterday, (May 10), by Catherine Spelis Francini, $9,134 of the $10,575 goal has been raised so far.
The page reads:
On May 5th, 2018 Tycho Spelis Chiusano decided to end his life. He was 16-years-old. He quietly suffered from depression for years and didn’t know how to ask for help.
An amazing and beautiful soul, Tycho was extremely intelligent, athletic, loyal, and a sensitive friend. He was full of life, constantly smiling, and had a knack for making others laugh.
Tycho loved his family and friends. This is how we will forever remember him!
Never FORGET: Always be kind and have compassion for others. Never spread rumours and learn to communicate with each other.
Tycho’s last wish was ‘give all of my money to a depression and bipolar organisation’.
…So, that’s exactly where it’s going!
Please join us in our fight to raise awareness of the signs of depression! We need to honour our friends because we never know what’s hiding behind someone’s smile.
100 per cent of your donations will join Tycho’s and go to a depression and bipolar organisation.
On the page friends and family have been sharing their memories of Tycho.
Jennifer Olmedo wrote:
So blessed and grateful to have had Tycho in our lives. We’ll always remember his smile and the way he’d make us laugh.
Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to Lily. You meant the world to her. Love you.
Kristi Spelis shared a series of family photos writing:
We can’t believe our sweet, loving nephew is gone. We will never forget you and all of the fun times we’ve shared.
You will always be in our hearts!
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page set up in Tycho’s name, you can do so here.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence, please don’t suffer alone. Call Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.