"Degrassi" actor Neil Hope died 5 years ago

AP News
Posted: Feb 17, 2012 4:23 PM
"Degrassi" actor Neil Hope died 5 years ago

Actor Neil Hope, who played the character Derek Wheeler on the popular 1980s TV series "Degrassi Junior High," died alone in an Ontario rooming house in 2007, but news of his death has only emerged recently.

Ex-fiance Christina Boulard said Friday that Hope's family spent years trying to track down his whereabouts after hearing rumors of his passing several years ago, but only learned the truth last month from Hamilton, Ontario, police.

She said he died on Nov. 25, 2007, of "natural causes" at the age of 35 but declined to elaborate, only saying Hope was diabetic.

She says it was "kind of normal" for Hope to go a year without contacting friends and family, but she is angry it took police that long to inform his inner circle.