Beloved Canadian influencer Lee MacMillan, 28, dies

Lee MacMillan. (Photo: Instagram / Lee MacMillan)

Lee MacMillan, a beloved Canadian influencer who lived in the Santa Barbara area for the past six months, has died.

According to an online report from E! newsThe 28-year-old was killed by an Amtrak train on March 26. She was reported missing after leaving home without taking her personal belongings with her.

Lee had been very open and honest with her fans and followers about her mental health issues.

“After living an extraordinary life and fighting a valiant battle against depression, our hearts are broken to see Lee took her life on Friday. She was the brightest light, a magnetic force in nature, and loved by so many.” A memorial post on her Instagram reads.

“If there is one thing we can do for Lee now in the midst of this soul-wrecking loss, it is to spread the message that mental health is as real as physical health, and that illness can affect anyone, no matter how unlikely it is. to be out of order, it is okay to ask for help, it is absolutely necessary to ask for help.

“Lee was a mental health advocate. She was open and open to her own struggles. She received help: from professionals, from family, from friends. She had support around her. She wasn’t alone, she wasn’t trying to fight this alone. And yet she succumbed to this terrible disease. It is more nuanced than we can appreciate or understand or do. “

Lee used Instagram and YouTube to document her travels around the world in a van.

Jordan Chiu, with whom Lee was dating, paid tribute to her on Instagram and wrote: “You were a dream beyond my wildest dreams. You filled my heart to bursting and stretched it further than I had ever imagined. You were mine Person, my partner, my best friend. Every day with you has been an adventure and I hope wherever you are you have found peace and cuddling. Take a rest, pup. I love you more than you will ever know. “

Lee’s family and friends set up a foundation on her behalf under the hashtag #SpeakUpForLee Raising mental health awareness and combating cyberbullying.

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The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can be reached on 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

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