Actor Michael Fishman opens up on son Larry’s fatal overdose: ‘You wish you had more time’

Actor Michael Fishman has broken his silence on his son Larry’s fatal overdose.

The Conners star, 39, who lost his youngest son four months ago, discussed the circumstances that led to his death.

“It wasn’t so much a struggle [with substance abuse] for him,” he said on the Tamron Hall Show. “He moved to a house in transition after living with his sister for a little while, and he tried drugs that turned out to be bad drugs that multiple people had a very serious reaction.”

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The actor welcomed Larry into his family as he was beginning to age out of the foster care system.

“I think he chose me to be fair,” Fishman said of his relationship with Larry. “I have two biological children from a previous marriage and at the end of that marriage I met his older sister, Camille, who a friend of mine kind of said, ‘She needs some support and guidance.'”

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Fishman shares two children, Isabelle and Aaron, with his ex-wife Jennifer Briner.

He said he felt like he “came to Larry, maybe later than I wish I could [have]. And I think for parents, you know, you wish you had more time.”

The Roseanne alum decided to open up about his son’s death in the hopes of opening a dialogue on the unimaginable pain of losing a child.

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“It’s this combination of trying to find a way to help my kids grieve and go through that process and to model positive behaviour,” he explained. “A couple of years ago, I probably would have never shared this, to be honest with you. But if it can — [if] one other person can relate. If it can help you talk to your kids in some way.”

On September 30, Fishman paid tribute to Larry on National Son’s Day, sharing a photo of his children together.

“Always in my heart,” he captioned the image.

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