UPDATE: I just came across a wonderful piece dedicated to Matt. I wish I'd written this.
Yesterday, I was very, very saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Matt Ryd, a Chicago singer/songwriter/producer/friend. Matt was a talented musician, but, more than that, his reputation as "the nicest person you'll ever meet" preceded him.
As his parents wrote on his Facebook page, "It is with very heavy hearts that we must tell you that Matt lost his battle with the anxiety, depression and eating disorder that had consumed him for so long and ended his physical life here on earth on Sunday, August 4th. While Matt fought vigorously for many years, his illnesses had grown more and more debilitating over the past 18 months or so, and though he tried hard not to show it, his daily suffering increased significantly and was ultimately more than he could bear. Our hearts are broken, but we take comfort in the knowledge that he has finally been “Healed” and will suffer no more."
I don't have a lot to say here. It's just one of those moments when you feel like you should say "something." Make note of it "somewhere." Hope that this message effects "someone."
Before we get much deeper in, know that there is help. If you are thinking of harming yourself, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. Matt also very humbly requested that any remembrances be made to either ANAD (www.anad.org) or NEDA (www.neda.org) which are two eating disorder support organizations that were important part of Matt’s life for many years.
As I was looking through his Facebook page this morning and reading many of the condolences to his family, as well as, memories, I came across a repost of something Matt had written in November. It seems especially relevant now.
RIP Matt Ryd.
Let this serve as a reminder that we never know the battles that someone is fighting behind their eyes. Act with kindness and compassion. We are all just trying to survive. You never know if it is the last time you will see someone. You never know if something you say or do is that one thing that keeps someone above water or drowning below. Act in good conscience.
Remember that in person. Remember that behind the veil of a keyboard.