During his time in Hamilton, Ontario, fallen Degrassi star Neil Hope would frequently visit Cheapies Records and Tapes. His good friend, Scott Bell, who works behind the counter, vividly recalls a visit in early November, 2007 - the last time Neil would set foot in the shop.
The man affectionately known as "Wheels" was sporting an eye patch and his speech was rather incoherent, says Bell in a Toronto Star story. "That was the last time I saw him."
But Hope's peculiar behaviour was nothing new for Bell. Every now and then, Hope would visit the music story with his PlayStation 2 in hand. He'd sell it for some quick cash, only to return a few weeks later to buy it right back. Hope was a diabetic and suffered the occasional blackout, and as he explained to Bell, he'd often wake up to find his money had gone missing.
It's been nearly two weeks since the news broke of Hope's inconspicuous death, and the emerging details of his final years continue to add tragedy to this already tragic tale.Read More »from Degrassi’s Neil ‘Wheels’ Hope: The lost years of a Canadian TV icon