Michael Fishman is publicly speaking out about his son Larry’s tragic death.
In a Wednesday interview with Tamron Hall, the star of “The Conners” opened up about Larry, who passed away from a drug overdose in June.
When asked when he learned that “Larry was struggling with drug abuse,” the “Roseanne” alum answered, “It wasn’t so much a struggle for him. People try things over time and that wasn’t really an issue overall.”
Per Fishman, Larry had “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.”
“I feel like I came to Larry, maybe later than I wish I could,” he said. “And I think for parents, you know, you wish you had more time. You don’t always get the time that you want.”
Though Fishman has been private about his loss, he hopes that by sharing Larry’s story, he can help other families struggling with similar issues.
“A couple years ago, I probably would have never shared this, to be honest with you,” he said. “The really important part is that you’re brave enough to admit when you struggle, and that you need help or that you aren’t strong.”
In the candid interview, Fishman explained how he met Larry, who had been in foster care as a child. (Hall says Fishman was “in the process of adopting” Larry.)
“I think he chose me, to be fair,” he said of Larry. “I have two biological children from [ex-wife Jennifer Briner] 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 and mentorship.’”
“We became a family unit,” Fishman continued.
In honor of National Sons Day in September, Fishman paid tribute to Larry by posting a picture of the two of them, along with Fishman’s daughter Isabelle.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.