DC Superhero Universe's director/producer, Zack Snyder, has brought out many model superheroes to the screen, but his favorite is likely someone very real. Many didn't know about his adopted daughter, Autumn Snyder, until the news of her death swirled around the tabloids back in March 2017.
It was a tough time for the Snyders back then, and he left the set of 'Justice League' at its finishing moments to mourn the passing of his beloved daughter. It may have been difficult to keep track of all of Zack's eight kids, but Autumn always stood out for him and his wife of 15 years, Deborah Snyder (née Johnson).
Autumn was one of the eight kids of Zack Snyder, of which four, including her, were adopted. Source: Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images North America
On March 20, 2017, Autumn decided not to continue on with the cruel world and committed suicide at the age of 20 in Los Angeles, California. Despite attempts to save her in the hospital, she was declared deceased. According to the LA County Medical Examiner/Coroner (led by Dr. Young), the cause was Acute Citalopram and Diphenhydramine Intoxication. In layman terms, it was 'drug overdose'.
Autumn Was First to Be Adopted From China By Zack and Former Wife, Denise Weber
Before his 15 years marriage with Deborah, Zack was married to Denise Weber, a relationship he produced four children from. Two of them were adopted from China. Along with daughter, Willow Snyder, Autumn was brought in by the couple. Before the adoption, they already had two kids, Olivia and Eli, together. They have amicable custody for the kids after Denise was married to Chris Weber, whom Snyder cast in 'Watchmen'.
Zack had six children prior to his marriage with Deborah. (Autumn is third from left.) Source: Mary Cummins
Prior to the second marriage, Zack had two more kids, Ezekiel and Jett, from his brief relationship with Kirsten Elin, his line producer on commercials for a while. After the second marriage with Deborah, he adopted two more kids, Sage and Cash. He met her in 1996, but the relationship began only six years later in 2002 when she hired him to make a Soft & Dri commercial in New Zealand. Two years later, they got married in New York.
Autumn was quite close with all her siblings and stepsiblings since they were all extremely devastated of the incident.
'She Loves to Write, to Write, to Write' - Her Philanthropic Act Will Melt Your Heart
Autumn was not just the daughter of Zack Snyder but also a writer and a philanthropist. Her passion for writing help aid the lives of many homeless women and their children back in 2014. She used her talent to raise $12,425 with her 'Write-A-Thon To End Homelessness For Mothers and Their Children' charity.
Elizabeth House benefited largely from her charity. Source: Elizabeth House
Deborah saw her step-daughter as a person who "loves to write, to write, to write." Zack also did acknowledge her efforts for the noble cause. He took to Twitter to share his pride at her first philanthropic endeavor.
On June 22, 2014, Autumn launched her fundraising campaign on CrowdRise with the aim of just $2,500 while she was a student at Maranatha High. But by the end of it on July 6, 2014, she had raised 497% of the goal. This is what she wrote on CrowdRise as The Story,
"Writing is very important to me. It is my way of speaking. I have been doing it for many years quietly, but now have decided to use my passion for writing to help raise money for the Elizabeth House in Pasadena, California. The Elizabeth House, also known as Family Hope, is a nonprofit that shelters homeless pregnant women and their children. California has 2,200,000 children living in poverty and almost 300,000 of those children experience homelessness each year. Every word I write during this two week write-a-thon will be dedicated to helping children secure a safe home to grow up in.
The Elizabeth House helps to take care of children and mothers who are in need by providing physical, emotional, and financial support in a nurturing environment. Every child deserves more than living on the streets, which is why I am doing a two-week fiction write-a-thon to raise money for this important cause."
Snippets of Autumn's words on Day 14 of her campaign. Source: CrowdRise
The aspiring writer also revealed she was working on a new sci-fi novel named 'Hell's Guardians', of which she had done the first half already. The two weeks were meant for the first part of the second half with a target of 35,000 words (2500 words per day). Just like the campaign, she had exceeded her target with 42,191 words.
"I pledge to write 2,500 words a day for two weeks toward the goal of finishing the first half of the second novel in my fantasy fiction series entitled "Hell's Guardians." The total word goal for the two weeks is 35,000 words. For every word I write, what amount are you willing to pledge? Donate per word or any amount you choose. Every donation, large or small, makes a difference. All donations are tax deductible. You can read more about the Elizabeth House at the link below. http://elizabethhouse.net/ Thank you in advance for your support!"
The Reason for Suicide May Have Been Hinted on Her Book
While there were many speculations on why she went through with such a heartbreaking act, the family kept the death private as only a small group of inner circle aware of everything. But Deborah did say that Autumn wrote the novel in the first person, who was an outsider in a new place and had trouble fitting in there.
Of course, even if she was from a foreign place, she had the love of her family. They were planning to have the book published and the proceeds sent to a charity. "In the end, she didn't make it, but her character does, and I think there would be something cathartic for people," Zack said.
The reports from the coroner as Acute Citalopram and Diphenhydramine Intoxication also suggest she was suffering from some forms of depression, which of course, is a very common reason for hundreds of such cases. Citalopram is a drug used by people suffering from depression, and its overuse can have severe consequences as led by seizures and coma following neurologic and respiratory effects in case of severity.
Diphenhydramine, meanwhile, is an antihistamine used to relieve symptoms of allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. This also is not advisable for high intake since there have been other cases with fatal results that came about after seizures of cardiac conduction and hemodynamic compromise. On top of that, when there is an overdose of Citalopram with other drugs, it could be fatal.
Autumn's (third right) legacy will live on with her parents and siblings. Source: Getty Images
Autumn included a quote in every single thing she wrote, according to Zack. "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." (This line is from the author, Chuck Palahniuk) She sure did. Though she is gone, her legacy, however short, will absolutely live on.
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