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Degrassi Star Reported Dead…Five YEARS Later!

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Degrassi star Neil Hope died at the age of 35…

But it's only now that we know he died in 2007! This is very sad.

Reportedly, the man who played Derek "Wheels" Wheeler died of natural causes in November 2007.

We wonder what's kept this news so hush-hush? Family privacy?

We send our condolences to his loved ones.

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11 comments to “Degrassi Star Reported Dead…Five YEARS Later!”

  1. 1

    Absolutley Devoed…… RIP Wheels

  2. pj88 says – reply to this


    From what we are hearing in Toronto, the family only found out about his passing a month ago. They tried contacting the media, but no one would respond to their emails. People at at 35 don't die of "natural causes". Not saying that there was "foul play" involved.. but there is definately something strange here. Many of the original Degrassi stars lost contact with Neil years ago, and it was said there had been substance abuse problems. Very very sad. RIP Wheels….

  3. 3

    I loved the original De Grassi. He died in a rooming house in Hamilton, not even his family knew, but now his 'family' wants to know if there are any royalties coming their way. RIP.

  4. 4

    sad-he was a really good young actor with one of the most difficult story lines on the show
    my son never missed a show…which meant that neither did I
    and also nobody at age 35 dies of "natural causes"
    ask any doctor
    perhaps because he appeared to be derelict/alone- with no obvious family visiting him, the coroner viewed him as "less than.." and didn't care what the autopsy said- if they even performed one
    sorry that his family didn't have a chance to give him a proper burial and mourn him at the time
    has to be a shock for them now

  5. 5

    How does one die of "natural causes" at 35?

  6. 6

    Natural causes can be a whole slew of things. If he had a heart condition, dying at 35 from it would be a natural cause. Aneurysm is also a natural cause and definitely something that can happen to someone as young as 35. So many things are classified as natural causes. Stop speculating for gossip's sake.

  7. 7

    Dying at 35 from natural causes is perfectly normal. Extremely sad, but normal.
    Heart defect.

  8. 8

    I find it so sad that he died alone when he was internationally well-loved. Perhaps he wanted to shut himself off from friends and family but it's very sad nevertheless.

  9. 9

    Re: pj88 – Actually you can die of natural causes at any age. Natural Causes implies the person has died from a natural element, such as disease or some kind of internal complication. Anything from cancer to heart failure or a heart attack to pneumonia is considered death by natural causes. I know this for a fact because both of my parents have died from 2 different types of cancer, and that's what it says on both of their death certificates.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    Sounds like he died, but for some reason family wasn't notified.

  11. 11

    how could his family have JUST found out about his passing?? seems very odd. Something not right about this story.