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'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

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Madelyn Linsenmeir was a mother, sister and friend, who was "hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient." She was also an opioid addict. Linsenmeir was a drug addict for 12 years and, at what her sister said were some of her darkest points, she would sometimes panhandle for money. She lost custody of her young son because of her disease. On Oct. 7, the 30-year-old died in the hospital while in police custody, according to her sister, Kate O'Neill. O’Neill does not want Linsenmeir to be remembered for her addiction. Her surprisingly honest obituary she wrote for a local Vermont paper is getting widespread attention for its warmth and candor. “It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially someone whose adult life was largely defined by drug addict...