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After getting clean, Marie says Michael started to become himself again. The last time Marie saw him, she remembers him saying that he had "never been happier" in his life. That was one month before he committed suicide.
The day before his death, Michael spoke with his mom about how he was feeling lonely and isolated. "It was the first time I heard him start to cry and say he was alone," Marie says. "That he had no friends. That he felt despair."
Watch Marie talk about her last phone conversation with her son.
Concerned, Marie tried to help Michael from afar. "I told him: "Mike, I'm going to be there Monday, and it's going to be okay,'" she says. "But depression doesn't wait till Monday."
In his suicide note, Marie says Michael wrote that he knew that morning would be the last time he would get up, brush his teeth, eat breakfast, make his bed and get dressed. "He had made that decision, I guess," Marie says. "He loved his family, but ... the pain was too intense."