A woman named Amanda who was featured as a subject on the YouTube channel Soft White Underbelly has sadly passed away at the age of 25 after her battle with addiction.
For those who don’t know, Soft White Underbelly is a channel started by photographer Mark Laita, who conducts interviews and snaps portraits of the human condition.
Amanda was a recovering crack addict and began her recovery at the beginning of 2020. Her recovery process was documented on the YouTube channel.
A GoFundMe for Amanda said that she “had been brutally raped and severely assaulted daily as a young homeless women living on the streets of LA’s infamous Skid Row. These attacks were so barbaric that Amanda had lost all of her front teeth. Her father, had tried to take her into treatment but she was denied care because the staff said she was ‘too far gone’ and they offered him grief counselling instead. The reputative abuse and trauma and her inability to escape from the dangerous and toxic environment lead her to a destructive path, that like too many, she could not afford to escape.”
Just last month, the below update video was shared on the YouTube channel.
Lima Jevremović, who worked with Amanda for the past year, shared a message about her death and answered some questions people might have about what happened.
Click inside to find out what was said…
“It is with a heavy heart that I share with you, Amanda has passed away. We changed Amanda’s life and showed the world that no matter how far you have sunk into your mental illness or addiction, recovery is possible. Unfortunately, the physical toll mental illness and addiction can have on the body is something we have no control over. On May 9th, 2021, Amanda passed away in her sleep in residential treatment prior to her release to outpatient care,” Lima wrote on the GoFundMe.
The message continued, “While her death is still under further investigation (we are awaiting the results of the autopsy), foul play, self-harm and relapse have all been ruled out. It is believed that, in combination with the physical damage caused by her long-term drug use, she passed away from the Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) she sustained as a result of multiple violent rapes and beatings she endured as a young homeless woman living on the streets of Los Angeles.”
Lima added that Amanda “died in peace.”
You can watch an interview with Lima and Amanda‘s father below.