Demi Lovato Gets a Tattoo In Honor Of Her Late Friend Thomas Trussell III

Demi Lovato took to Instagram recently to share her new tattoo, which she got in honor of her friend, model Thomas Trussell III.

Trussell, an actor and model signed with Next Steps Management, passed away on Oct. 8 of an overdose. He was just 31 years old when he was found.

Read on to learn more about Thomas Trussell III and 27-year-old Lovato’s new ink in remembrance of her close friend.

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Lovato’s tribute to Thomas Trussell III

On Oct. 15, Lovato posted her new “T” tattoo in honor of her friend.

In the accompanying post, Lovato shared two pictures of Trussell and a scripted “T” on her forearm, inked by celebrity tattoo artist Rafael Valdez.

Lovato wrote, “A T for Tommy. RIP you special angel. Love you forever @sirtruss  thank you for the ink @rafael_valdez.. it’s beautiful and I’m so grateful for this If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please do not hesitate to ask for help. Please call 877.921.9653.”

The Grammy nominee initially took to Instagram Stories to honor Trussell

Lovato posted a tribute to Thomas Trussell III shortly after his death on Oct. 8.

She wrote in her Instagram Stories: “Devastated. Please hold your loved ones tight. Tell them they are special and that you love them. Make sure they know it.”

The singer’s second post read, “Addiction is NO joke… heaven gained a beautiful angel last night because of that terrible disease. I’m crushed and will always miss you @sirtruss. If you or someone you know is struggling please know it’s okay to ask for help.”

How did Thomas Trussell III pass away?

Trussell passed away of a drug overdose on Oct. 8. He was discovered by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department at a Super 8 motel in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood after someone called 911.

A Los Angeles medical examiner told a Radar Online reporter that Trussell was not hospitalized, as he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The model had struggled with addiction for years, according to friends. Thomas Trussell III Trussell’s other close friend, celebrity wardrobe stylist Maeve Reilly (who styles Hailey Bieber), posted her own tribute to her late beloved friend on Instagram.

Reilly wrote in part, “My best friend and little brother overdosed and died yesterday… I loved you so much Tommy. You lit up every room. You loved hard. You showed up for your friends. You wanted to be sober so bad. You really tried. “

Lovato’s struggle to maintain her own sobriety

It’s clear that Trussell’s tragic death hit home in part because of Lovato’s own struggle with addiction. She has been open about her ongoing battles to retain her sobriety and manage her mental health.

Lovato is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has also struggled with an eating disorder in the past.

Lovato had a major relapse in 2018 after six years of sobriety and had to be revived by Narcan. After a week of hospitalization and several months of inpatient treatment, she returned somewhat quietly to the public eye.

Lovato also let fans know that she’s realized that her sobriety and mental health will be an ongoing battle for the remainder of her life. Luckily, she shared in January 2019 that she was six months sober.