Canadian Actress Samantha Weinstein Dies At 28, Cause Of Death Revealed
Samantha Weinstein, a Canadian actress best known for portraying Carrie in the 2013 adaptation and providing the voices for a number of well-known cartoon characters, has died.
She was 28 years old. Weinstein’s family shared on her Instagram account that she passed away on May 14 at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, surrounded by her loved ones. She reportedly died from ovarian cancer.
“After two and a half years of cancer treatment, and a lifetime of jet setting around the world, voicing a plethora of cartoon animals, making music, and knowing more about life than most people ever will, she is off on her next adventure,” they captioned the post, sharing a series of photos of Weinstein smiling in front of a galactic backdrop.
When she was six years old, Weinstein started working in the entertainment industry. She acted in a number of movies during her youth and adolescence, including The Rocker (2008), Jesus Henry Christ (2011), and the 2013 Carrie remake with Chlo Grace Moretz. She was a gifted voice actress who also played a number of characters in other well-known animated series, such as Sloan Plunderman in D.N. Ace, Jalopi in Kingdom Force, and Clara Tinhorn in Dino Ranch.
Samantha’s dad David Weinstein confirmed her death in a statement to USA TODAY on Thursday.
“We’re overwhelmed with the outpouring of tributes to Samantha,” he said. “She led a very full, charmed and authentic life. She was very passionate about her art and worked up until her last days voicing animated characters and living as full a life as she possibly could.”
He also shared that the photos posted on Samantha’s unverified Instagram on May 15 were created by the actor herself to be used in her farewell post. The photos show her smiling and floating among the cosmos.
“After two and a half years of cancer treatment, and a lifetime of jet setting around the world, voicing a plethora of cartoon animals, making music, and knowing more about life than most people ever will, she is off on her next adventure,” the post reads.
Last July, Weinstein penned an article for the website LoveWhatMatters about receiving her cancer diagnosis, falling in love, and her experience coming out as non-binary.
“Something I’ve learned in the 18 months since I was first diagnosed, is the worst things in the world can turn out to be incredible blessings wrapped in sandpaper,” she wrote. “Getting cancer is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, but in the strangest of ways it has also been the best thing.”
“I’m still living with cancer, and with my parents since the future is uncertain (on the bright side, we’ve never been closer!). I continue to work in my dream career as a voice actor,” she continued. “I have more love in my life and for myself than I ever could have imagined, and I see every day as a gift. There are still days where I can’t stop crying – I’m in pain, or my thoughts get the better of me – but I’m learning to let my loved ones help carry the load. Okay, so maybe saying cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me is a bit of a stretch, but it certainly isn’t a witch’s curse either… and if it is, then that witch certainly has a sense of humor.”