Firebrand saidhe has an ED but it's tagged for deletion i think
Does a steroid- and drug-induced heart attack count for someone becoming an hero? A grim lesson here: DON'T USE DRUGS, FOLKS. For serious.
Firebrand, as much as I get a kick out of your #YCYL posts i'm calling you out on this. I don't think anyone here is literally calling Erik a hero - the tragedy here isn't the the drug use, or the steroid use. The tragedy is that EVERYONE that knew this guy - from the casual porn downloader, to personal friends and acquaintances, to those he worked with in the profession he chose to work in, KNEW he had big time issues with depression, yet chose to let him go down the path of self-destruction that he did.
That he was allowed to both self-medicate, and to continually attempt to build his physical self into whatever he believed people wanted him to look like, is a tragic statement of what we are, not him. I'm sure there were some along the way that did attempt to reach out to him, but clearly it wasn't enough. His blog was a cry..hell, it was a screaming shout, of his desperation to come to grips with what he had become, and what he had failed to be, and we all just sat there and read about it, said, 'dang, that's fucked up', and moved on. Shame on us all.