Tampa Musician and newspaper editor Mike OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill kills himself by Mitch E. Perry07/18/06
Tampa Musician and newspaper editor Mike OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill has passed away.
The 42 year old OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 WMNFÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.He says that everybody in the music community will sorely miss OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Neill (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?see that that happenedÃ¢â‚¬?)
OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.Ã¢â‚¬?I was very flatteredÃ¢â‚¬?)
WMNF Music director Lee Courtney (roll tape#some of the newer bandsÃ¢â‚¬?)
Laura Taylor says that OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill was a big fixture on the Tampa music scene for decades Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and considered him a personal friend. But things had not gone well for OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill in recent yearsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬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 sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll remember about her friend (roll tape#4 o.qÃ¢â‚¬?in some wayÃ¢â‚¬?)
Again, longtime Tampa area musician and music writer Mike OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill, dead by suicide at the age of 42.