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Michael Occhicone

Michael Occhicone

Born
Died

I miss the real Michael. He was always so sweet and boisterous. He wanted relationships and love. I miss his humor. I miss his strong personality. I miss his beautiful face. I miss his laugh and his sweet smile. Seeing him in so much pain was impossible. There was no way anyone could help.. It was so sad at the end with all of the fighting and family broken apart.

Tell us about your loved one.

Michael was the sweetest little boy. He was the light of my life growing up. He was so smart and quick. I was proud to be his big sister. Michael loved Barney and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We all doted on him constantly and loved to do it. He was always full of energy and loved to play sports. He was the star at my wedding! The best ring bearer a sister could ask for! Personally, he made me smile every time I saw him. Michael was always Michael - he spoke his mind and wore his heart on his sleeve. Michael was very strong minded and strong willed. He had a ton of friends. He and I were very close until a new friend decided 'it' would manage his life, mind, thoughts and actions. I miss the loving younger brother I once had. I just couldn't break through to reach him.

Tell us about Michael's struggle with addiction

His addiction was so fast. It took over his life and took his life in just a few years. It started with a sports injury and the lovely introduction of pain killers. It is the same heart breaking story over and over. He started smoking pot daily, all day. He did whatever it took to get money for the pain killers. Eventually he was introduced to heroin and the price was right. There was no going back after that. Snorting lead to shooting and that lead to a quick, insane death. He is now another statistic and the family is has a huge, irreplaceable hole.

What made Michael smile?

Family. Michael loved having his family around him. Dogs - in particular his dog Diesel. He loved that dog. He loved fast cars and motor cycles. Oh and food! He could eat you out of house and home, but you always wanted to feed him because he enjoyed both the food and the company. He loved to talk and spend time with family and friends. He had a very sweet heart. :(

What do you miss most about Michael?

I miss the real Michael. He was always so sweet and boisterous. He wanted relationships and love. I miss his humor. I miss his strong personality. I miss his beautiful face. I miss his laugh and his sweet smile. Seeing him in so much pain was impossible. There was no way anyone could help.. It was so sad at the end with all of the fighting and family broken apart.

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