The tragic news has come in that Canadian travel influencer Lee MacMillan has passed away at the age of twenty-eight...
And people have been left utterly heartbroken over this sudden and very tragic loss.
The loss of Lee Macmillan is just truly heartbreaking.— Lola Bunny (@The_Mammie) March 29, 2021
My biggest condolences . Rest in peace beautiful Lee . You were very loved #speakupforlee— coldskinnn (@coldskinnn_fml) March 29, 2021
I don’t usually get attached emotionally to Youtubers but she was such a beautiful soul, so genuine and you could feel it through the camera. I started tearing up when I heard this 😔— Qaren Customer Relations (@b_zireeta) March 31, 2021
Heartbroken, I felt she had so much to offer the world. Sleep well beautiful soul x😢x— caroline bremner (@carolinebremne4) March 30, 2021
So very sad. 😢 So young. You never know struggles people are going through.— JM Ryan (@kitkai411) March 30, 2021
Really shocking. The nature of video blogging is that it encourages the most positive portrait of a life. Lee looked as though she had it all, but the pain was clearly deep & long-lasting. Despite the support and well-wishing, the battle was somehow lost. Such an awful shame.— Kim Erin Cowley (@kimerincowley) March 30, 2021
#speakupforlee Can’t stop thinking about the tragic death of someone I don’t even know. She was so open about her mental health battle, and yet all the loving friends, family, and professional support couldn’t conquer her depression. Truly heartbreaking.— mrs meow (@mrsmeow34) March 30, 2021
Now, Lee MacMillan was best known for being a social media influencer...
And her life was dedicated to all things travel and adventure.
The twenty-eight-year-old was from Canada...
And she rose to fame when she met Australian Max Bidstrup while he was working in Canada.
When romance blossomed, they took a 5-week trip to Southeast Asia together before returning to Canada and set to work building a van for a longer trip.
They bought a 2006 Dodge Sprinter for about $12,300, gutted it, and spent around $11,000 renovating it before setting off on the roadtrip of a lifetime across North and South America in 2016.
The couple, along with their rescue dog Occy, gained an impressive following with their joint travel Instagram account...
And more than 68,000 people have been following their travel journey for the last few years.
But earlier this year, it seemed as if the couple's traveling journey had come to an end...
As they took to their Instagram page to announce they had separated.
"We are very sorry to announce that the next chapter of our lives will not be one experienced together, as we will be going our separate ways from here. As you can imagine this has been incredibly difficult for us to talk about on here," they wrote solemnly.
But yesterday, the worst possible thing happened.
Max took to the shared Instagram page to announce that Lee tragically passed away.
"After living an extraordinary life, and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday. She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature, and was loved by so so many," he started by writing.
She had taken her own life.
"If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it's to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health and that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem. It's ok to not be ok, it's ok to ask for help, it's absolutely necessary to ask for help," Max wrote.
Max went on to explain how Lee was an advocate for mental health.
"She was candid and open about her own struggles. She was receiving help: from professionals, from family, from friends. She had support around her. She was not alone, she was not trying to fight this alone. And yet she still succumbed to this terrible illness. It is more nuanced than we can, or do, appreciate or understand."
"Life is more complex than a single social media post. Things are complicated. Don't believe what you see online. Get out into the world and talk to your loved ones. Check in. Ask them genuinely how they're doing. Be available to help. To listen. To offer help. Remove the stigma of asking for help. Let's spread the awareness of this issue, for Lee and everyone else who needs to hear this: #speakupforlee."
Rest in Peace, Lee.
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