Thousands of people are sharing messages of love, grief, and support after the death of 28-year-old YouTuber Lee MacMillan, from Max and Lee and later, Life With Lee.\n\n\nThis article contains content that might not be suitable for some readers. \n\n\nMacMillan, who is originally from Barrie but has spent the past several months in California, died by suicide in Santa Barbara on Friday, March 26, after fighting a "brave battle with depression," according to a statement posted on her Instagram on Monday.\nEditor's Choice: Ontario Just Announced It Is Halting The Use Of AstraZeneca Vaccines For Those Under 55\n\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Life with Lee ☾ (@lifewithlee)\n"She was receiving help: from professionals, from family, from friends," the post said. "She had support around her. She was not alone, she was not trying to fight this alone."\n"Life is more complex than a single social media post. Things are complicated. Don’t believe what you see online."\nThe post is filled with tributes from her heartbroken fans, friends, and loved ones, including fellow Ontario-based YouTubers Eamon and Bec, who say she was "the brightest light of [their] lives."\n\nMacMillan was an advocate for mental health\nMacMillan had been open about her struggles with mental health, which she detailed in an episode of Eamon and Bec’s podcast Reroot, posted on March 1.\nShe also used her platforms to discuss her journey, including an Instagram video she posted in December 2020.\n"The more we talk about these difficult feelings — especially on this platform, the more we normalize them," she wrote in the caption.\nMacMillan's advice to her viewers was to speak out in difficult times. "The second you pull it out of your head, you become lighter," she said.\nThe hashtag #SpeakUpForLee is now being used in tribute to her and her mental health advocacy. \n\nIf you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health issues, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also send a text message to 741741 24 hours a day. Or click here, for additional resources.\n\n\nIf you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital.\nSupport is available.