Sooth (sooth) wrote,

In Memory of Claudio Lake

This post is something I want to write down partly to share, and partly to get it off my mind.

On June 19th, just the other day, Claudio (also better known as CMaddoxBiitch, or Maddox Madison) died of skin cancer.

Claudio was a gay drag queen from NY city, and he was good friends with several of the other gay YouTubers that I follow/watch. He wasn't one of the YouTubers that I watch frequently, though, and I wasn't subscribed to his channel, but he was often featured in other videos and he was a great guy. I've seen him in dozens of videos over the past several years, so I knew him through those.

A month ago, he was admitted to the hospital, and diagnosed with skin cancer. He had started treatments/chemo, and as far as everyone knew, he was doing well. Then just out of the blue we find out that he died. It just seemed to come completely without warning. Like the flick of a switch. Many of his friends had been talking with him just the day before, and he had just uploaded a new video on the 17th.

I just feel so shocked by his death. It's been on my mind all day. Everything seemed to be going fine, and everyone thought he would get through this and come back stronger than ever, but it wasn't meant to be.

It's also really heartbreaking because he was just too young. 28. Two years younger than me. He had his whole life ahead of him, and now that future is all gone. Just a month ago everything was fine and normal, and now he's dead.

I can't imagine how heartbroken his family and friends are.

Life is short. Make the most of it.
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