Tragic deaths of Mia Farrow's three adopted children from suicide, AIDs-related illness (on Christmas) and 'heart failure' that actress' son Moses claims was in fact an overdose of pills

  • Three of Mia Farrow's ten adopted children have suffered tragic deaths while two other are estranged from their mother 
  • Tam Farrow, adopted in February 1992 from Vietnam at the age of 13 and blind, died at the age of 21 of a reported heart condition
  • Her half-brother Moses later claimed that Tam had taken an overdose of pills in a blog post shared back in May
  • Moses said that his brother Thaddeus knew that Tam had done this as well, but he could not corroborate as he took his own life in 2016
  • Lark Farrow, who was closest to Soon-Yi Previn, died of AIDs-related complications in 2008 after having two children 
  • Moses and Soon-Yi are now estranged from Farrow, but the five other adopted children and her four biological kids remain close to the actress 

Mia Farrow has raised 14 children over her lifetime, four biological and ten that she adopted from around the world. 

Of those ten adopted children, three have suffered tragic deaths, starting back in 2000 with the passing of Farrow's 21-year-old daughter Tam.

Reports at the time stated that Tam, who was blind and had been adopted by Farrow in February 1992 from Vietnam, had passed away as a result of a heart condition.

That claim was contradicted however earlier this year by Tam's older brother Moses, who alleged that the young girl took her own life after a fight with Farrow.

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Gone too soon: Three of Mia Farrow's ten adopted children have suffered tragic deaths while two other are estranged from their mother (Thaddeus, who commuted suicide in 2016, with Mia in 2000)

Gone too soon: Three of Mia Farrow's ten adopted children have suffered tragic deaths while two other are estranged from their mother (Thaddeus, who commuted suicide in 2016, with Mia in 2000)

Difficult adjustment: Tam Farrow, adopted in February 1992 from Vietnam at the age of 13 and blind, died at the age of 21 of a reported heart condition (Tam, Thaddeus and Ronan in 1992)

Difficult adjustment: Tam Farrow, adopted in February 1992 from Vietnam at the age of 13 and blind, died at the age of 21 of a reported heart condition (Tam, Thaddeus and Ronan in 1992)

Tragedy: Farrow w. her children (back row L-R) Matthew, Sascha, Soon-Yi; (front row L-R) Daisy, Fletcher, Moses and Lark on their way to New Year's Eve Mass in 1989

Tragedy: Farrow w. her children (back row L-R) Matthew, Sascha, Soon-Yi; (front row L-R) Daisy, Fletcher, Moses and Lark on their way to New Year's Eve Mass in 1989

'Mia's daughter died from heart failure over the weekend,' said Farrow's  spokeswoman Judy Hofflund at the time.

'She had a weak heart. She died of cardiac arrest.'

And that was it, with no other details provided and Hofflund claiming at the time that she had no additional information. 

Moses, who is estranged from his mother but remains close to his adopted father, told a far different story in May of this year.

'Most media sources claim my sister Tam died of “heart failure” at the age of 21. In fact, Tam struggled with depression for much of her life, a situation exacerbated by my mother refusing to get her help, insisting that Tam was just “moody,”' wrote Moses in a blog about his family

'One afternoon in 2000, after one final fight with Mia, which ended with my mother leaving the house, Tam committed suicide by overdosing on pills.'

Moses continued: 'My mother would tell others that the drug overdose was accidental, saying that Tam, who was blind, didn’t know which pills she was taking. But Tam had both an ironclad memory and sense of spatial recognition. And, of course, blindness didn’t impair her ability to count.'

There was one other person who could back up Moses' story according to his post, and that was his brother Thaddeus.

The problem was that Thaddeus had taken his own life with a self-inflicted gun shot just two years prior explained Moses. 

'It pains me to recall instances in which I witnessed siblings, some blind or physically disabled, dragged down a flight of stairs to be thrown into a bedroom or a closet, then having the door locked from the outside,' wrote Moses in his post. 

'She even shut my brother Thaddeus, paraplegic from polio, in an outdoor shed overnight as punishment for a minor transgression.'

Moses also wrote that his half-sister and stepmother Soon-Yo Previn was a target of this abuse, but managed to endure the Farrow's attacks and find a way out.

'When Soon-Yi was young, Mia once threw a large porcelain centerpiece at her head. Luckily it missed, but the shattered pieces hit her legs. Years later, Mia beat her with a telephone receiver,' wrote Moses. 

'Soon-Yi’s made it clear that her desire was simply to be left alone, which increasingly became the case. Even if her relationship with Woody was unconventional, it allowed her to escape. Others weren’t so lucky.' 

Difficult last days: Lark Farrow, who was closest to Soon-Yi Previn, died of AIDs-related complications in 2008 after having two children (Lark and Farrow above in 1992

Difficult last days: Lark Farrow, who was closest to Soon-Yi Previn, died of AIDs-related complications in 2008 after having two children (Lark and Farrow above in 1992

Going strong: Moses and Soon-Yi (above with Allen in 2010) are now estranged from Farrow, but the five other adopted children and her four biological kids remain close to the actress

Going strong: Moses and Soon-Yi (above with Allen in 2010) are now estranged from Farrow, but the five other adopted children and her four biological kids remain close to the actress

In between the deaths of Tam and Thasseus, Farrow lost her daughter Lark.

She was close to Soon-Yi, who spoke about her adopted sister in her recent New York magazine interview, claiming that the two were treated like 'domestics' by their mother.

'We did the grocery shopping, starting in third grade, for the entire family,' said Previn in her interview. 

'Lark and I wrote the list of everything that we needed for the house, we paid for it, we unpacked it. When I went to Ethical Culture, I had to pick up my siblings.'

She went on to say: 'In Connecticut, Lark cooked, and we cleaned the bathrooms, cleared the dishes, washed up, and did the sweeping. When Woody started coming up to Connecticut, I ironed Mia’s sheets.'

Lark was close to graduation from New York University nursing school when she dropped out and became pregnant with the child of a convicted felon according to a 2013 Vanity Fair piece.

Her sister Daisy got pregnant by the man's brother, whom she eventually married.

Mia and her son Fletcher Previn, who is one of her four biological children, blamed Allen for Lark's death.

'I really do think he’s got some blood on his hands,' said Fletcher.

Lark would go one to have a second child before dying in 2008 of AIDs-related complications on Christmas day.

She was the first child Farrow adopted, and the most rebellious by all accounts. 

It is unclear what happened to her two daughters after her death, and by all accounts the girls live with neither Mia not Andre Previn. 

'My sister Lark was another fatality. She wound up on a path of self-destruction, struggled with addiction, and eventually died in poverty from AIDS-related causes in 2008 at age 35,' wrote Moses.

'For all of us, life under my mother’s roof was impossible if you didn’t do exactly what you were told, no matter how questionable the demand.'

 

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