Photo by Jason Russo (HeyMrJason Photography)

Today I received some heartbreaking news. My former boyfriend, Keith Walters, passed away in New York City. We met in Florida twenty years ago when I was 22 and he was 18. For the next two years we lived together in Fort Myers and Bangor, Maine. Keith was truly a beautiful human being — he was bright, talented, funny, and a joy to be around. He was delightful company and never had an unkind word to say about anyone.

I have fond memories of fishing with him off Sanibel Island pier and watching the dolphins playfully swim by. And exploring Maine, which included a crazy ride in white out conditions looking for an elusive moose — two lost Floridians who had no idea how to drive in snow!

And he had the voice of an angel — I loved when he would sing me to sleep at night. He wrote a beautiful song called, “Hole in my heart.” Today, we all have a hole in our hearts with this tragic loss.

I am so honored that we got to share our lives and our love — if only for a brief period of time. Keith will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. My heart goes out to his family back in Gainesville, FL.