Boulard said she is organizing a private ceremony, with help from Amanda Stepto, who played Christine “Spike” Nelson on , for friends to remember Hope. As his character was being eased out of the show in 1991 — “Wheels” pleads guilty to a drunk-driving death late in the series — Hope faded into the background too.“He was the one that stayed as far away from the public eye afterwards as possible,” Boulard said. Raditch, a teacher and later principal on the show, remembered meeting Hope when he was a teen on the set of , Hope went back to being a nobody.
He missed his cast family, even though he wasn’t great at keeping in touch, Boulard said.“He didn’t know any other life,” she said.
His last moment on camera shows the three singing a Zit Remedy classic in the car after reuniting at a bowling alley.
(The coroner’s office was not immediately available to confirm the details.)Hope was buried in March 2008.The location of the grave is being kept private, Boulard said. She's a former teen star who is sometimes recognized in public ... (Here's a look at the trailer, but you can watch the full film here.)"I think the main reason I haven’t is that is freaks me out that someone could, you know, recognize me from my profile and I don’t know, post it somewhere," Collins says. "I think it was the next day after that when we were like, 'We should tell funny really self-aware stories about my experience.'"The short film depicts Collins as a fictional character with a very similar backstory to her own. In the film, she's also going on her first online date, something Collins has never done.“That’s why he latched on to his Degrassi family so hard … Boulard met Hope when they were both working at a Money Mart in Hamilton. “I’ve gotta make a living.”He moved on to blue-collar jobs, including one at United Furniture Warehouse.
They were his brothers and sisters.”Former castmates began sharing the news of Hope’s death a couple of weeks ago, Woods said.“We’re all pretty shocked about the news. But Boulard said he always talked about becoming a director, but never reached out to in 2003 with former castmates Pat Mastroianni and Stefan Brogren, who play Joey Jeremiah and Archibald “Snake” Simpson — the original Degrassi trio who formed the fictional rock band the Zit Remedy.“He loved being known as ‘Wheels.’ ”For an audience of teens, Hope represented an awkwardness and personal strife many could relate to.“You can’t underestimate the phenomenon and how people believed in Wheels,” said former interview with Hope.“This awkward, shy, grinning, bespectacled kid was very endearing.”His legacy showed on social media sites Thursday, as fans expressed shock at the sudden news of Hope’s death.“Neil Hope,” “RIP Wheels” and “Zit Remedy” (the fictional band of which Hope’s character was a member) were all trending on Twitter in Canada Thursday. The @Cdn Encyclopedia explores the 35 year history and cultural significance of Canada's most successful TV franchise. Last year @stephenstohn told us his top Canadian literary picks, and now his memoir "Whatever It Takes" is out!It goes behind the scenes of Canadian staples like @Degrassi, @The JUNOAwards, and more bit.ly/2t WJ8m9 Thank you to the good folks at @Degrassi for the awesome, anatomically correct Get Well jersey! That shocking revelation was made known to friends and family only this January — and became public Thursday. To former castmates, producers, friends and relatives of the “Neil made an important contribution to our lives, to the lives of our television team, who are like a family to us, and indeed to the live of many Canadians and others around the world who were influenced by Neil and the roles he played,” said statement from executive producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn.