In the spring of 2011 at the age of just 20 years old, Brandon Jacques died from cardiac arrest in a California rehab center after bouncing around treatment facilities on the west coast for the previous few months. Upon deciding to seek professional help for his ongoing struggle with bulimia and alcoholism, Brandon and his family decided he would enter an expensive 30-day program in Arizona, before he was transferred to multiple California facilities at the provider's behest. Unbeknownst to the family at the time, these facilities were receiving payment for recommending Brandon be sent to other centers, and the medical treatment was questionable at best. In August 2014, I photographed the Jacques family at home in Kearney, Missouri for VICE. Shortly after, they settled a multimillion dollar wrongful death suit with California treatment center Morningside.
An avid weightlifter, Brandon was perpetually concerned with his weight and fitness. His bedroom in the Jacques home remains as he left it.
Brandon's father Ted Jacques stands outside the cabin on the family farm where he and Brandon used to hunt deer. The farm was sold after Brandon's death.
A deer tower on the farm.
Kim and Ted Jacques in their backyard.
A deer whistle hangs in Brandon's closet.
Brandon's dirt bike sits in the family's driveway.
A memorial flag for Brandon flies in the family's front yard.
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