I found a Wikipedia entry, an IMDB entry, and a Find a Grave Memorial, but no cause of death. I’m not sure why it matters. He was an actor and a military veteran, and sadly he died at a fairly young age. May he Rest In Peace.
It had come up on a couple of other Walton sites and I was curious because he was on 38 years old! He seems like the type of actor that would have been around on TV for quite a number of years had he not died so young! He reminds me of Richard Hatch!
Post by winterrose on Sept 24, 2019 13:19:10 GMT -5
Hi, My name is Sharon and I have been a fan of Ben Andrews ever since he portrayed Benny and Jason Tate on Return To Peyton Place in 1972. I have followed his acting career throughout the years until his last appearance on The Waltons, and was very saddened and shocked to learn of his death on May 13, 2981, only 3 days before his 39th birthday. I, too, thought he had a promising career ahead of him, and still miss seeing him on TV. Even though he's gone, he is not forgotten by many of his fans.
How did Ben Andrews die? He passed away shortly after he was on the Walton's ‘The Victims’ in 1981 “He played a wife Beater” he was only 38.There is no obituary to be found and it is a great mystery!
You just registered on the forum.... this is your first posting.... do you have a particular interest in actor Ben Andrews?... the only thing I found online is that he died of pneumonia....
I agree that Ben Andrews' death is a great mystery, especially if he died of pneumonia. That should have been put in an obituary online or at least on ImDb unless the information is incorrect or it is being withheld for some reason.
My eldest brother died a few years ago. My younger sister called me on a Wednesday to tell me he had been diagnosed with lung cancer that day. (He was a heavy smoker his entire life.) Two days later, on Friday, my sister called me again to tell me that he was dead. His wife, my sister-in-law, found him in the bathroom. The 'official' cause spread around to family and friends was cancer, but I suspect it was suicide.
I tell you this to let you know that, even in this day and age, suicide is a delicate if not taboo topic. Back in Ben Andrews' time, there were a lot of taboo topics: suicide, drugs, STDs, PTSD, and so on. Having served in Vietnam, only Heaven knows what demons were floating around in his head. Remember, PTSD wasn't even a recognised condition until 1980.
When no cause of death is given, I tend to think it is along the lines of any combination of the 'taboo' topics of the day. And, since Ben died in the same year that he filmed 'The Victims' on The Waltons, I can easily imagine how real his performance might have been to him. He may have been acting out of personal experience and not talent.