Kevin's Final MixKevin's Final Mix

Kevin Brandon Kevin Richard Brandon was a friend of my mother. He was 41 years old when he shot himself on May 27, 2006 in his home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was a kind man who shared his wealth with all around him (strangers included). After giving away all his belongings and company in the US, he ended up winning back over 200k in online gambling, which he used to move to Mexico in 2004. He was a methamphetimine addict who used it to deal with his depression, made worse be the fact that his ex-wife wouldn't let him see or speak to their six children.

My mother and Kevin spoke every day for the four weeks prior to his suicide. When she hadn't heard from him for three days, she went to look for him and was the first to find him lying dead in his apartment. He left my mother, among other posessions, an iPod with a playlist entitled Final Mix.

Final Mix

1. Matchbox 20 - Shame
2. Matchbox 20 - Long Day
3. Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel
4. James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
5. Dire Straits - Why Worry
6. Keb' Mo' - I'm Telling You Now
7. Miles Davis - Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
8. Enya - Only Time
9. Kenny G - End of the Night
10. Collective Soul - Pretty Donna (Instrumental)
11. Mark Knopfler - Last Exit To Brooklyn
12. Mark Knopfler - Last Exit to Brooklyn (Finale)
13. Pink Floyd - Goodbye Cruel World

I can't help but find this playlist chilling and heartbreaking. I think it's also an important message that if you know an addict, help them get the support they need.

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LUIS HERNANDEZ ONTIVEROS (01:08 PM on 09.25.06)

We are a self storage company in Puerto Vallarta where Kevin rented a unit with us since 2005, we just found out thru your website the news regarding Kevin, we are so sorry to hear the news. Any related information on how we can contact his family or any friend of his to see about his belongins that he has in his (unopened to date) storage unit will be appreciated. please contact us urgently in Mexico dialing :

011-52(Mexico)(329)296-5619
e-mail : bodegasvallarta@prodigy.net.mx
www.vallartastorage.com

Brian (08:02 PM on 12.17.06)

How sad. I was acquainted with Kevin growing up. Saw him on and off at meeting gatherings. Nothing will depress a guy like growing up among the stupid plymouth brethren. I have no doubt that if Kevin were not raised among these warped and fucked-up Christians he would be alive today, and healthy.

Christine (Faria) Gardner (08:51 PM on 02.15.09)

I am in total shock! I remember seeing Kevin at Lassen and LA Conforence. I left the meeting myself in 1992 and also a recovering addict. I married someone in the meeting which ended in divorce 2 years later. Growing up in such a sheltered environment, I went over the deep end and started using drugs to numb my pain. I am completely shocked and saddened that Kevin felt the only way out was to commit suicide. Would we of ended up differently if we were not raised in the meeting? I sometimes wonder. Rest in peace my dear friend...

Jennica I Dunn (07:00 AM on 03.01.09)

Kevin was my bestfriend for many years up till he moved to mexico where we lost contact i had no clue till this very second! OMG

Jennica I Dunn (07:05 AM on 03.01.09)

Kevin was my bestfriend for many years up till he moved to mexico where we lost contact i had no clue till this very second! OMG

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