Sad news for fans of ‘Old People’s Home For 4-Year-Olds’ with the ABC announcing that another of the documentary’s subjects has died.
The network revealed that Eric passed away on March 24th this year after turning 86 earlier that month.
“Eric and Aiden formed a very special connection which gave them both much joy. Witnessing this bond on #OldPeoplesHomeAU was a privilege that touched our hearts,” ABC wrote on social media.
“Eric’s honesty and integrity will be missed by all of us.
“3 March 1934 – 24 March 2020.”
Eric started off the five-part series as a frail and withdrawn man, but that all changed when he met little Aiden.
For instance, you might remember the moment where the intergenerational group headed outside, except Eric who refused.
That wasn’t good enough for Aiden who gently dragged him out of his seat, prompting him to join the group.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep up, but that didn’t worry Aiden who refused to leave his side, chanting: “Go Eric! Go Eric!”
Fans of the show have paid tribute to Eric writing, “Probably the person I identified with the most with character traits from people I love. Rest In Peace Eric, you will not be forgotten.”
Another added, “May it bring comfort to your family & friends to know what joy you & Aiden brought to so many who watched the doco.”
In the final episode of the series, it was revealed that Eric had stayed in touch with Aiden and his family after the experiment finished.
Last year, fellow resident Grace passed away before the show went to air. The 89-year-old died on May 20th 2019, just five months short of her 90th birthday.
“We were all deeply saddened when Grace passed away and we hope this series honours her remarkable spirit,” the show’s producers said.
“Grace threw herself into this social experiment with her infectious enthusiasm, which had an impact on everyone she met.”