Logan Steinwede’s grieving father has spoken out about the beloved surfer’s sudden death, admitting his son found life “very difficult”.
Mat Steinwede, 50, took to social media to remember his son, who tragically died by suicide on Monday.
The young man who just turned 20 was staying with his grandparents on Sunday before they found him the next morning, Logan’s uncle, Dr. Justin Coulson, revealed.
Mr Steinwede, a high-profile real estate agent, was seen dressed in black and was visibly emotional as he told viewers his son was “truly loved” in a video uploaded to Instagram and TikTok on Thursday.
The grieving father opened up in tears Thursday in a video posted to social media.
“So this is a video that I absolutely did not want to make, but I feel the need to,” the distraught father began.
“So Logan…died this weekend.” He committed suicide.
Mr. Steinwede added that he didn’t want to just post a photo with a caption, because that was neither his nor Logan’s style.
“He would probably want a short video, knowing him,” he said.
“It’s difficult because he was really loved, you know, obviously by all of us.”
“We just have to remember Loges as the funniest guy, who had the most beautiful smile. He was simply the best and funniest person,” added the emotional father.
Mr Steinwede said that although life must go on, he continually asks himself if he could have done things differently, waking up and falling asleep in tears.
Mat Steinwede remembers his son as the ‘funniest guy’ who had the ‘best smile’
Mr Steinwede said the young surfer found life “difficult” and turned to alcohol while struggling to figure out what he wanted to do in life after graduating.
“Things finally got tense; he wanted to live his life his way, and it was hard to watch,” he admitted through tears.
The young surfer experienced a difficult life, turning to alcohol while struggling to figure out what he wanted to do in life after graduating.
“He just didn’t fit into a box. He had a lot of energy, he loved things outdoors, that’s why surfing was such a focus and relief that he could do it his way.
“People say he’s happier now, but I think he could have been pretty happy here too.”
Mr. Steinwede said he had always been told there was a silver lining in everything that happens, but he didn’t see one this time.
In harsh words on social media, Loggan’s uncle Dr Coulson said: “My nephew passed away on Sunday evening. He committed suicide. Logan is pictured
Logan’s death reminds us of the prevailing problem of young men not talking about how they feel, his heartbroken father said.
“I wish I could say I love you one more time,” he said.
He said the family will remember Logan by choosing his favorite photos of him and placing them around the house.
Logan’s death reminds us of the prevailing problem of young men not talking about how they feel, the heartbroken father said.
“His older brother said if he had held on a little longer and let us know, we all would have done something. We would have done everything,” added Mr. Steinwede.
“I have to turn this pain into purpose, and it doesn’t bring any benefit, but our family is more united than ever.”
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