Behind the huge successes and happy-go-lucky persona, Mark Ruffalo has had a history marred by tragedy, and it just keeps getting worse.
It turns out that Mark Ruffalo has been living with a lot of tragedy...
And fans have been left utterly heartbroken for the lovable actor after his most recent update.
Now, we all know that Mark Ruffalo has enjoyed plenty of success.
via: GettyBorn in 1967, he's enjoyed working as an actor and a producer in Hollywood for many years.
His work has spanned throughout many genres...
He first gained recognition in romantic comedies such as 13 Going On 30 in 2004...
There's no doubting how talented he is as an actor...
via: GettyAnd he's even been nominated for 3 Oscars and has won numerous Emmys and SAG awards. Not too shabby!
Alongside being a major Hollywood actor, Ruffalo has a seemingly normal and happy family life.
via: GettyHe married Sunrise Coigney in 2000 and they have 3 children, son Keen (b. 2001), and daughters Bella Noche (b. 2005) and Odette (b. 2007).
And as well as being a family man, the actor is also very humble and generous.
via: GettyHis political activism on humanitarian, environmental, and mental health issues is hugely admirable.
It's safe to say that fans just can't get enough of him...
Can we just take a moment to appreciate @MarkRuffalo because 😍 https://t.co/ki36vnEREP— SunflowerBlep (@SunflowerBlep)1601151299.0
imagine sleeping beside mark ruffalo https://t.co/d74rs3C2Y0— Daffa ✇✇🇵🇸 moustache mark ruffalo my beloved (@Daffa ✇✇🇵🇸 moustache mark ruffalo my beloved)1601251530.0
I just think that Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner's friendship was too pure for this world https://t.co/eBT46qDKvr— H ✨ ⧗✇ (@H ✨ ⧗✇)1600826088.0
Mark Ruffalo in 13 Going On 30 just... https://t.co/UYLkf8Y3Dv— Chris (@Chris)1601251255.0
@thatgirlyusra @lumpiyas if they’re not like mark ruffalo in 13 going on 30...i don’t want them— mars ☄️ (@mars ☄️)1601240249.0
Young Mark Ruffalo is so dreamy 😭😩❤️ https://t.co/AUL3017sXE— Fail! (@Fail!)1601144184.0
“Vote for love, compassion and kindness." @MarkRuffalo #Emmys2020— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet)1600747176.0
He is truly regarded as one of the nicest Hollywood actors...
Mark Ruffalo with cats is literally the only reason why I’m still breathing https://t.co/6tdLcaIbvU— Raven Brunner (@Raven Brunner)1601219437.0
Not to mention one of the most talented.
The only person who can save me now is Mark Ruffalo. Mark if you see this please let me take you out on a date— cac (@cac)1601242895.0
But it seems the happy face he portrays to fans may be a mask for what lies beneath...
via: GettyAnd it's true when they say - you never know what happens behind closed doors.
If you ever want to hear a tragic but inspirational story, look up Mark Ruffalo's life. I had no idea the guy had been through so much.— Chris Castellani (@Chris Castellani)1565241192.0
I didn't know Mark Ruffalo had such a tragic life O.O https://t.co/UVn9Brv6os— G. Smith (@G. Smith)1468876612.0
Mark Ruffalo's tragic past I think having a hard life is what makes people strong & kind & good. https://t.co/3rFFWOWDhA— sherrie miranda (@sherrie miranda)1564591812.0
It turns out that the actor experienced a very dark childhood.
via: GettyHe's detailed his struggles with major depressive episodes throughout his adolescence. when speaking to Anthony Mason for CBS back in 2014.
He struggled with his ambitions as a young child...
via: GettyAnd Ruffalo was actually embarrassed about his desire to act, which resulted in him keeping it hidden from those close to him.
He found his life lacking major direction...
via: GettyRuffalo described spending his youth smoking, surfing, and aimlessly wandering through life.
Things just seemed to get worse and worse as the budding young actor hit adolescence.
Michael died by suicide in 1994.
via: Getty"When he died, it rocked me out of a dark depression," he recalled. "The moment he left, I realized that death wasn't an escape, that suicide wasn't an answer."
The actor has also dealt with health issues over the years...
One would think the tragedies would have come to an end?
Scott tragically died from his injuries a week later...
via: GettyAnd although there have been arrests in the case, no one has been charged and the case remains unsolved.
This is obviously deeply painful for Ruffalo.
via: Getty"It'll always be the great mystery of my life," the actor said about not knowing who killed his brother. "I make peace with every mystery in my life, you just live alongside it."
We cannot imagine how hard this must have been for the actor...
Many seem to agree with this sentiment.