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Wheels from Degrassi High - DEAD!

Neil Hope, also known as Derek "Wheels" Wheeler, from the TV show Degrassi High died from natural causes on Nov. 25, 2007, in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.

by Anonymousreply 3009/28/2014

That's so bizarre to wait almost 5 years to acknowledge his death.

by Anonymousreply 102/16/2012

I just read that today too - such a bizarre story - why did it take the family 5 years to reveal that he died?

by Anonymousreply 202/16/2012

Jesus fucking christ. For some reason, this saddens me much more than Whitney or Gary Carter's death. I grew up with the original Degrassi and had a little crush on Wheels. He was my pretend bf. He didn't look terribly well when he appeared on the new Degrassi series a few years ago for Snake & Spike's wedding.

by Anonymousreply 302/16/2012

"Natural causes" at age 35? Hmm. More to it, I bet.

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by Anonymousreply 502/16/2012

What R4 said. You don't die of natural causes at 35 unless it's the 18th century.

by Anonymousreply 602/16/2012

I liked Wheels, too.

by Anonymousreply 702/16/2012

more detailed article.

by Anonymousreply 802/16/2012

The writers always dumped on Wheels. First his parents died, then his biological Dad blew him off and then he was resposible for the drunken driving accident.

by Anonymousreply 902/16/2012

Everybody wants something...

by Anonymousreply 1002/16/2012

He was much cuter without the glasses. Wish the folks at Degrassi got him contacts.

by Anonymousreply 1102/16/2012

Must be a slow news day, made in the US!

by Anonymousreply 1202/16/2012

They didn't announce the death for four fucking years. That's bizarre.

by Anonymousreply 1302/16/2012

He died alone in a rooming house in Hamilton. The last time his fiancee, who lived in Windsor, saw him was 2002.

by Anonymousreply 1402/16/2012

Five years, actually.

How do you hide a death for that long without it being reported?

by Anonymousreply 1502/16/2012

Well there goes the reunion tour ...

by Anonymousreply 1602/16/2012

He should have saved his money. Unfortunately the kids were ripped off. They only got paid three thousand per episode.

by Anonymousreply 1702/16/2012

But what about the Leg Man?

by Anonymousreply 1802/16/2012

TORONTO - Former child star Neil Hope, who played Derek (Wheels) Wheeler on the long-running youth series "Degrassi," died alone in a Hamilton rooming house in 2007, said former fiancee Christina Boulard on Thursday, as details of the troubled actor's final years emerged.

Boulard said family members had spent years trying to track down Hope's whereabouts after hearing rumours of his passing several years ago, but only learned the truth last month from Hamilton police.

She said he died on Nov. 25, 2007 of "natural causes" but refused to explain further, only saying Hope was diabetic.

Boulard expressed frustration over the bizarre case, saying: "We are mourning right along with you guys."

"I have a lot of anger inside me because of the way this was handled by the Hamilton police," said Boulard, who lives in the southern Ontario city.

"Who do I blame? Do I blame the person in the rooming house that didn't tell anybody? ... How does that work? Did they just say, 'Oh, look he's dead. Let's wait a while until somebody claims them and then bury him.' Did they not even bother to look in a phone book, to read on the Internet?"

Hamilton police said a spokesperson was not available to comment.

Boulard said she last saw Hope in 2002 when he lived in Windsor, Ont., and didn't know how he ended up in Hamilton. She said it was not unusual for him to cut ties with friends and family from time to time.

by Anonymousreply 1902/16/2012

Congenital heart problems?

by Anonymousreply 2002/16/2012

He apparently died alone in a rooming house. According to his ex-fiance.

by Anonymousreply 2102/16/2012

this made me sad - no one even noticed he was gone for 5 years.

by Anonymousreply 2202/16/2012

Wasn't he on Degrassi the Next Generation?

I think he was almost bald, and I laughed at the fact that Wheels, Joey, and Snake, were all bald.

by Anonymousreply 2302/16/2012

What is Degrassi High?

by Anonymousreply 2402/16/2012

Here's an interview Stefan Brogren (Archie) did with Neil in 2005, 2 years before he died.

by Anonymousreply 2502/19/2012

This happens a lot, especially for people receiving social assistance, the cheques go into your account automatically, the rent and bills come out automatically, the landlord has no reason to believe you are not still alive and well.

Happened in my building, took months before anyone came around to check in on him and by then he had been dead in his bathroom for about 6 months they estimate.I've heard of cases where they are found for years .

by Anonymousreply 2602/19/2012


by Anonymousreply 2702/19/2012

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by Anonymousreply 2909/28/2014

I'm sorry to hear of this young man's death. Was DeGrassi High the fictional school where weird things kept occurring? I watched this show once or twice when I could find it on TV for the GORGEOUS teacher they had. Everyone went to him when the weirdness began.

by Anonymousreply 3009/28/2014
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