A beloved Canadian actress died at the age of 28 after a long battle with her illness.
Samantha Weinstein passed away on May 14, two and a half years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
According to the reports, the young actress was surrounded by her family and friends as she succumbed to the illness at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital.
Weinstein kicked off her acting career at the age of six, and by the time she was thirteen, she already appeared in movies like Big Girl, Siblings, The Stone Angel, Ninth Street Chronicles, and Toronto Stories. In her teen years, she also appeared in the likes of Jesus Henry Christ, Carrie, and Haunter.
For her role in Big Girl (2006), Samantha won the ACTRA Award and became the youngest person ever to do so.
On top of her many movie roles, Weinstein worked as a voice actor for many cartoons and appeared in TV shows like At the Hotel, Alias Grace, and Darknet.
The young performer was also a guitarist and singer of the garage rock band Killer Virgins.
Before her untimely death, Samantha bravely documented her battle with ovarian cancer after her diagnosis at the age of 25.
“It happened almost overnight. I was walking home from a friend’s house after drinking entirely too much red wine, when I noticed I looked strangely bloated,” the young woman wrote in a piece of Love What Matters as she recalled the first time she knew something was wrong with her.
“I knew I wasn’t pregnant because I was single and celibate, having just left an emotionally abusive relationship four months previously. My roommate assured me her girlfriends got like this all the time and it was just ovulation or something. Spoiler alert – it was not ovulation or something.”
The distraught actress and singer continued: “I was 25 and in the best shape of my life. There was no history of cancer in my family. I had just finished filming a music video with my punk rock band, Killer Virgins, and we were a week away from releasing our first major single.
“The next thing I knew, I was in the hospital under the disco-ball surgical light in the operating room, counting down from ten. I spent four excruciating days in the hospital healing from a massive abdominal incision, most of which was spent hallucinating like Hypnotoad at Burning Man.
“When the nurses made me walk on the third day, I dissociated for the first time, looking down at my body from the ceiling. I only knew what was going on because of YouTube (all that binge watching finally paid off!). After the surgery, my dad drove me back to my parents’ house to recover.”
The 28-year-old went on to recall feeling weak and suffering from chronic pain while relying on “hardcore pain meds” to get by.
Our thoughts are with Samantha’s loved ones during this challenging time.
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