Winona Brooks, better known by her stage name Lil Bo Weep, was a rising star in the social media music scene. She had amassed thousands of followers on platforms like YouTube, SoundCloud, and Spotify, where she shared her songs that expressed her sadness and struggles. She was also a friend and collaborator of the late rapper XXXTentacion, who was killed in 2018.
However, behind her musical talent and popularity, Brooks was fighting a long and hard battle with depression, trauma, PTSD, and drug addiction. Her father, Matthew Schofield, revealed in a heartbreaking Facebook post that she had died on March 5, 2022, at the age of 22. He did not specify the cause of death, but local media reported that it was suicide.
Brooks’ Family Tried to Save Her from Her Demons
According to Schofield, Brooks had been dealing with her mental health and substance abuse issues since she returned from the United States in 2021. She had lived in the US during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and had to be repatriated to Australia through an emergency scheme by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Schofield said that he and his family had tried to help Brooks overcome her demons, but they ultimately lost the fight. He described his daughter as his hero, his best friend, and his pride. He also said that she was no longer hurting and that the universe wanted their angel back.
Brooks Mourned the Loss of Her Unborn Child and Her Fertility
One of the factors that may have contributed to Brooks’ emotional distress was the loss of her unborn child. In her last Instagram post, which was a video of herself crying, she said that she had been mourning her child, who died around the same time last year. She also said that she wanted to do something in remembrance of her, such as spreading some flowers at a beach.
In the caption of the post, Brooks also revealed that she had recently found out that her fertility had been affected by her severe eating disorder, which she had grown up with. She said that she was taking medication to avoid any psychosis from her CPTSD, which stands for complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brooks Left Behind a Legacy of Music and Inspiration
Despite her personal troubles, Brooks had achieved a lot in her musical career. She started putting out music in 2015, and soon gained a loyal fan base who resonated with her raw and honest lyrics. She released her last song, “PTSD”, in December 2021, which was part of her album SOLOS.
Brooks also collaborated with other artists, such as Canadian rapper Smrtdeath, who mourned her passing on social media. He called her a truly special soul and said that life was messed up. Brooks also claimed that she was going to be on XXXTentacion’s new album in 2017, and referred to him as a good friend in a 2019 Instagram comment.
Brooks’ fans have also expressed their grief and condolences online, and thanked her for her music and inspiration. Many of them have shared their own stories of dealing with mental health issues, and how Brooks’ songs helped them cope. They have also urged others to seek help if they are feeling suicidal or depressed.
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.