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Instagram Travel Influencer Lee MacMillan Dead At 28 After Jumping In Front Of Train

Geez. We have some terribly sad news today. Travel vlogger/van life expert Lee MacMillan has died at the young age of 28.

She had a large following on YouTube and Instagram. She was known for documenting her global travels in a van. It appears she started the adventures with her former partner Max Bidstrup and their dog, Occy. But unfortunately, they split in January 2020.

Max and Occy went to live in Australia, which means Lee was alone here in the states. And while everything seemed okay from the outside looking in, she was apparently battling depression.

Back in December of last year, she went on her Instagram account to talk about her issues with depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts. For the past six months, she had been living in Santa Barbara.

Last week, friends became worried when she disappeared. She left home without her wallet, keys or cell phone. There was no suicide note, but obviously when someone leaves home without all those things, it’s usually bad news

And now it was just confirmed that on Friday, Lee was hit and killed by an Amtrak train. It’s assumed she jumped out in front of the train, at least that’s the impression you get from all the reports. It’s truly disturbing to think about where a person’s mind must be to jump in front of a train.

Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Max, went on Instagram to share photos of her and to write a heartfelt message:

It was always you [red heart emoji]. You were the best thing to ever happen to me. You were the best person I have ever met. I fell in love with you the day we met yet you were still the stronger one that said ‘I love you’ first. I never stopped loving you Mountie, I hope you know that [red heart emoji]. I will always cherish my time with you in this world and hope beyond hope to see you in the next. Save some mini eggs for me.

A memorial post was shared on her Instagram account, and the note ended with an important message on mental health:

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 every one else who needs to hear this: #speakupforlee. And hold your loved ones tight. Tell them you love them. Because life can change in an instant. We will miss her with every fiber of our hearts.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.


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