A Promising Life Cut Short
Austin Long was a 31-year-old man who lived in Los Angeles, California. He had a passion for music, art, and photography, and was known for his kind and generous personality. He graduated from Central High School in 2009 and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied film and media. He worked as a freelance photographer and videographer, and had a large following on social media. He also loved to travel and explore new places, and had visited countries such as Japan, Thailand, and Mexico.
A Fatal Encounter with Drugs
Austin Long died on January 5, 2023, after being admitted to a hospital. The cause of death was determined to be anoxic encephalopathy, a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen, and probable heroin and methamphetamine toxicity. His death was ruled as an accident by the coroner’s office. According to his family and friends, Austin had been struggling with substance abuse for several years, and had tried to seek help and recovery. He had been staying at a homeless housing facility in Los Angeles, where he met his friend and fellow addict, Jack Patterson. On the day of his death, Austin and Jack had bought some drugs from a dealer, and had injected themselves in a nearby park. Austin soon collapsed and stopped breathing, and Jack ran to get help from a passerby, who called 911. Paramedics arrived and performed CPR on Austin, but he was already brain dead. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A Heartbreaking Loss for His Loved Ones
Austin Long’s death left a deep impact on his family, friends, and fans, who mourned the loss of a talented and compassionate young man. His father, John Long, said that Austin was his “pride and joy” and that he was proud of his achievements and aspirations. His mother, Lisa Long, said that Austin was her “baby boy” and that he had a “beautiful soul”. His sister, Ashley Long, said that Austin was her “best friend” and that he had a “great sense of humor”. His friend, Jack Patterson, said that Austin was a “great guy” and that he felt guilty for not saving him. His fans expressed their condolences and appreciation for his work and personality on his social media accounts, where he had posted many photos and videos of his travels and projects.
A Wake-Up Call for the Society
Austin Long’s death also raised awareness of the dangers and prevalence of drug addiction, especially among young people in the entertainment industry and the urban areas. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug overdose deaths in the United States reached a record high of 93,331 in 2020, an increase of 29.4% from 2019. The main drivers of this increase were synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which are often mixed with other drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine, and can be lethal even in small doses. Many experts and advocates have called for more effective and accessible prevention, treatment, and harm reduction programs and policies to address the drug crisis and save lives. They have also urged the society to reduce the stigma and discrimination that often prevent people from seeking help and recovery.
A Legacy of Creativity and Kindness
Austin Long leaves behind a legacy of creativity and kindness, as one of the most promising and inspiring photographers and videographers of his generation. He was a visionary who captured the beauty and diversity of the world and the people in it, and shared his passion and perspective with his audience. He was also a humanitarian who cared about the environment and the social issues, and donated his time and money to various causes and charities. He was a loving son, brother, and friend, who touched many hearts and lives with his generosity and warmth. Austin Long will be dearly missed by his loved ones and admirers, but his work and spirit will live on forever.