Tampa Musician and newspaper editor Mike Oâ€™Neill kills himself by Mitch E. Perry07/18/06
Tampa Musician and newspaper editor Mike Oâ€™Neill has passed away.
The 42 year old Oâ€™Neill reportadley committed suicide last night by jumping off the Sunshine Skyway. He left a note for his sister.
Lee Courtney is the Music Director At WMNFâ€¦.He says that everybody in the music community will sorely miss Oâ€™ Neill (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?see that that happenedâ€?)
Oâ€™Neill played with a number of bands over the past 3 decades, including the Unrequited Loves, along with Monday Mornings, Nailbiters and Thee Cryptkicker5.
It was in that band that he performed with Laura Taylor. Taylor is now the Development Director with WMNF(roll tape#2 o.q.â€?I was very flatteredâ€?)
WMNF Music director Lee Courtney (roll tape#some of the newer bandsâ€?)
Laura Taylor says that Oâ€™Neill was a big fixture on the Tampa music scene for decades â€“ and considered him a personal friend. But things had not gone well for Oâ€™Neill in recent yearsâ€¦â€¦Personal setbacks were exacerbated when he lost his job at The Tampa Tribune, where he worked on the Friday Extra section.
She was asked what sheâ€™ll remember about her friend (roll tape#4 o.qâ€?in some wayâ€?)
Again, longtime Tampa area musician and music writer Mike Oâ€™Neill, dead by suicide at the age of 42.