Susan Olsen of “The Brady Bunch” says being closeted killed Robert Reed 

click to enlarge Susan Olsen, aka Cindy Brady, believes that living in the closet with his homosexuality is what killed Robert Reed, aka Mike Brady. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Susan Olsen, aka Cindy Brady, believes that living in the closet with his homosexuality is what killed Robert Reed, aka Mike Brady.

Susan Olsen, aka Cindy Brady, took to Facebook and wrote a touching tribute to her former co-star, Robert Reed, in honor of the Proposition 8 and DOMA discussions at the U.S. Supreme Court.

"[He] shaped my heart as much as my biological parents did," Olsen wrote. "So I really can honestly say, 'My dad was gay.'”

However, according to Yahoo, Olsen contends that having to live his life in the closet “killed him… because it was so taboo, he could never make peace with himself,” she said. “He was forever taunted by his own disdain for the natural inclinations that he was BORN WITH.” 

Maybe, she writes, if he had had a chance to have an open, happy marriage with a man, things might have gone differently for him.

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