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- Sadly, Lee Macmillan passed away. The 28-year-old Canadian woman of power rose to fame after documenting her travels and "life in a van."
- Lee battled depression
- Her family said she was a victim of bullying
Sadly, Lee Macmillan passed away. The 28-year-old Canadian woman of power rose to fame after documenting her travels and "life in a van."
Canadian Instagram and YouTube Star Lee Macmillan died tragically. The 28-year-old influential woman who was known for documenting her global travel in a van took her own life after battling depression. On March 26, she was hit by an Amtrak train near Santa Barbara, California, according to a local news source. Police said she lived in the Santa Barbara area for about six months and went missing until a tragic accident when she left her home without a car, wallet, keys, ID or phone.
Lee battled depression
Former Lee partner Max Bidstrup, with whom she traveled the world before the COVID-19 pandemic, shared a stunning post on his joint Instagram account.
“After we have lived an extraordinary life and have bravely battled depression, our hearts are breaking that Li took her own life on Friday. She was the brightest light, the magnetic force of nature, and many loved her,”the signature began.
“If we can do something for Lee now, in this moment of this crushing loss, it is to spread the message that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that illness can affect anyone. It's okay, it's okay to ask for help, it is absolutely necessary to ask for help. "
“Life is harder than one post on a social network. It's Complicated. Don't believe what you see on the internet. Go out into the world and talk to your loved ones. Register. Ask them sincerely how they are doing. Be prepared to help. Listen. Offer assistance. Remove the stamp of seeking help. Let's spread the word about this issue to Lee and anyone else who needs to hear it: #speakupforlee."
Her family said she was a victim of bullying
Although Lee has over 70,000 online subscribers, Lee's father Will said she was a victim of online bullying.
“Unfortunately, Lee has undergone a lot of trolling, and this affected her greatly … our collective help was not enough to overcome the negativity caused by the trolls,” he said, noting that he hopes her tragic passing will shed light on the consequences of cyber bullying. “We need to raise awareness that mental health is as real as any other serious illness. Also, just as important, we want to highlight the best way to combat cyber bullying and bullying in general.”
Her father continued: “Online bullying is out of control all over the world and must be stopped. Trolling people need to understand that their actions have real life consequences, and we need to find a way to hold them back and platforms to hold them accountable.”