CINCINNATI, Ohio – Eva Holland says she had no idea that earlier this month, she would lose her best friend.
Holland was with Mike for 11 years and they have two young children together.
Sadly, Mike died earlier this month.
Right now, Mike’s family is waiting for the coroner’s report to determine his official cause of death.
However, Holland says Mike struggled with addiction for years.
On Sept. 10, Holland decided to share a photo that depicts “the reality of addiction.”
“I was there before it all started. I knew what he wanted out of this life, all his hopes and dreams. He never would’ve imagined his life would turn out this way. He was once so happy and full of life. He was a great son, brother, friend but most importantly he was a great dad,” she posted.
Holland says his addiction started off with pain pills, but he eventually became addicted to heroin.
“He loved us all so much he decided enough was enough and went to rehab at the end of last year. He got out right before Christmas as a brand new man. He had found His purpose for living again, he found his gorgeous smile again, he became the man, the son, the brother, the dad that we all needed him to be again. He did so good for so long but then a couple months ago It started with a single pill for a “tooth ache” which inevitably [led] him back down the road of addiction,” she wrote. “He said he could handle it, that he could stop on his own and didn’t need to get help again. Well he was wrong, last Wednesday he took his last breath. My kids’ father, the man I loved since I was a kid, a great son and a great person lost his battle.”
Holland’s post has been shared over 200,000 times on Facebook.