'Dawson’s Creek' Author Heidi Ferrer Ends Her Life at 50 after Longtime COVID-19 Battle
Heidi Ferrer ended her life after she battled long haul COVID-19 for more than a year. She was a writer for "Dawson's Creek" and "Wasteland."
50-year-old Heidi Ferrer committed suicide and passed away on May 26. She fought long haul COVID-19 for 13 months, which left her bedridden, facing severe symptoms that were unceasing.
Ferrer contracted the novel virus in April 2020 and never fully recovered. She experienced a worsening of symptoms as time went on, with severe fatigue and neurological tremors taking their toll on her body.
Ferrer was a well-known writer in Hollywood with her work on the teen series "Dawson's Creek" and ABC's "Wasteland" solidifying her place within the writers' sphere.
In the wake of her death, Ferrer's husband, Nick Guthe, who is also a screenwriter, director, and producer, took to Twitter to share the sad news of her passing. He wrote:
"My beautiful angel, Heidi, passed over tonight after a 13 month battle with Long Haul Covid. She was an amazing mother. She fought this insidious disease with the same ferocity she lived with."
My beautiful angel, Heidi, passed over tonight after a 13 month battle with Long Haul Covid. She was an amazing mother. She fought this insidious disease with the same ferocity she lived with. I love you forever and I'll see you down the road. pic.twitter.com/f22vbZ5K25— Nick Guthe (@NickGuthe) May 27, 2021
MAKING HER START
Ferrer started in Hollywood when she moved to Los Angeles in the 80s to pursue an acting career. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and eventually found her place in the industry as a screenwriter.
A fellow writer, Terrence McNally also passed away after contracting COVID-19.
Ferrer broke into the market when she sold her spec "The C Word" to Arnold Kopelson. She continued to work on scripts and rewrites, collaborating with Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec on "Dawson's Creek".
“Dawson’s Creek” writer Heidi Ferrer took her own life after battling COVID-19 symptoms for more than a year, according to her husband.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 17, 2021
“Over 13 months it took every part of her life away."https://t.co/7XkNyNWgNL
NO END INSIGHT
Ferrer elaborated on her writing skills when she launched a very successful blog in 2008. She initially used the platform to write about her son's struggle with progressive infantile scoliosis but branched out to other topics.
In the midst of her battle with lang-haul COVID-19, Ferrer took to her blog to share her struggles and difficulties with the disease. She wrote:
"In my darkest moments, I told my husband that if I didn’t get better, I did not want to live like this. I wasn’t suicidal, I just couldn’t see any quality of life long term."
RIP Heidi Ferrer, a longtime WGA member and writer on DAWSON'S CREEK, WASTELAND, and more.— The Black List (@theblcklst) June 17, 2021
Thanks for all you shared with us, Heidi. pic.twitter.com/1kQC2dbQtZ
LOSING THE BATTLE
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on Hollywood, with Ferrer being amongst a long list of celebrities who have lost their fight to the novel virus.
A fellow writer, Terrence McNally, also passed away after contracting COVID-19. The four-time Tony Award-winning playwright died at the age of 81 on March 24.
Heidi Ferrer, Writer on ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ Dies at 50 https://t.co/p9Lb0Xk2xv— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 18, 2021
54-year-old Maria Mercader, a CBS News reporter, passed away after testing positive for the virus. She worked in the journalism industry for more than three decades before COVID-19 took her life.
John Prine, a beloved folk and country songwriter, also died from complications after contracting the virus. He was 73 years old when he lost his battle on April 6.
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