Brutally honest obituary sheds light on Bethlehem man's substance abuse

Marcus Kaplan, as seen in a photo from his obituary. Marcus Kaplan, as seen in a photo from his obituary. |

April 08, 2019 02:30 PM

BETHLEHEM - The death of a Bethlehem man is shedding light on substance abuse.

Marcus Kaplan died on Friday at just 33 years old.

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His obituary is open and honest about his courageous battle.

"Pretending that addiction is not happening in your community does not make it go away. It only makes those struggling feel shame and guilt," reads the obituary. "Addiction is not a moral shortcoming and does not define you."

The 2004 Bethlehem High grad played baseball and basketball. He also graduated New England College with a degree in business administration – and worked as an assistant property manager at Equinox Properties in Colonie.

He leaves behind a lot of family – including his parents, siblings, nephews and a girlfriend.

You can read the full obituary here.


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