Reports of Chris Hafner’s death are slowly surfacing online, with several celebrity colleagues expressing their sadness toward the news. Here’s what you need to know about the talented director, Chris Hafner.
The alleged suicide of Chris Hafner has left many of his friends and colleagues shocked and saddened. He worked with huge artists like Cypress Hill, Tommy Lee, Ozzy Osbourne, R.E.M., Korn, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is known for his work as editor, director, and actor, for productions like Aerosmith: I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (1998), Cypress Hill: Still Smokin’ (2001), Korn: Falling Away from Me (1999), Brian McKnight: Back at One (1999), The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter (1998), and more.
The biggest shock to Hafner’s friends was how seemingly happy and normal he behaved online leading up to his death.
On Sunday, January 7, Tommy Lee shared a post on his Instagram account, writing: “RIP Chris! We miss you and your balls to be different! Never worked with a man with bigger balls than me! He pushed us into places no one else would go then!” Lee wrote in another post, “Chris Hafner! Gonna miss you man! Best director EVER! ‘Get Naked’ why did you take your life? We’re gonna miss you and your smiles n laughs! Goodbye my friend.”
Dustin Jack, an old friend of the director, wrote this heartfelt condolence on his Facebook:
“I can’t believe I have to share this news. Chris was my best friend since I was 15. For 32 years we celebrated a brotherhood and true friendship…. He was a great friend and a real brother, I will miss him the rest of my life. please send your thoughts to his beautiful wife, and his incredible family…”
The Facebook post has since been removed or made private, but a source shared Marc Hafner’s heartbreaking message about his brother’s death:
“It is with great sorrow I notify you of the passing of my brother Chris Hafner. Unfortunately, the demons that surrounded him yesterday got the better of him, and he took his own life. His wife Heather Boyce Hafner and mother Janet Hafner are surrounded and supported by family and are understandably devastated, as we all are. We understand the desire to reach out and offer support, and in time would welcome hearing from you, but at this time we respectfully request time to grieve. As details of a service or memorial become available we will make an announcement. rest in peace brother.”