On November 30, 2000, Billy was hanging out with his brother Danny. He shot heroin and passed out but Danny was able to get him to come to. Billy had done this before so Danny thought he was ok. Billy always called Danny every day, so when Danny didn't hear from him the next day he started to get worried. He went to Billy's house to check on him and found him unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital where he was put on a ventilator and was in a coma. After a few days, the Dr. did a cat scan on his brain and told us that he was brain dead. His family made the decision to take him off of the ventilator. Danny could not watch his brother die so we had to leave, but before we left, his entire family circled around his hospital bed and we sang Amazing Grace. After that Danny told his brother goodbye and I leaned down and kissed Billy and told him that I love him. It was one of the saddest moments of my life. He died about 4 hours later on December 7, 2000.
Danny always blamed himself for Billy's death because he was there when he shot up. Danny also died from a drug overdose 8 years later in 2008. Billy and Danny were both 31 when they died. Billy had been buried and Danny was cremated and we had Danny's ashes buried over top of Billy. I know that is what Danny would have wanted, to be with his brother. And, they are together in Heaven. Two lives cut way too short because of drugs.
I love you Billy and miss the laughter and good times we had.
RIP William Lee Durst
5/2/69 - 12/7/00
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