Jacob Daniel Sheck

November 10, 1997 - May 28, 2023

Jacob Daniel Sheck, 25 years old from Brookfield CT died from drug use in Los Angeles, CA on May 28, 2023 after a long battle with Schizoaffective disorder. Jacob was born on November 10, 1997 in White Plains, NY to Paul and Jade (formerly Shonna) Sheck.

Jacob graduated from Brookfield High school in 2015 and took a year off before attending the University of Massachusetts. Prior to college, Jacob bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco, Amsterdam to Barcelona and spent time in the Indian Himalayas. Jacob was an accomplished wakeboarder and golfer, participating in both with grace and athleticism.

In Jacob’s last year of high school, he showed evidence of prodromal symptoms. During his first semester at the University of Massachusetts, Jacob experienced a psychotic break, and his path was forever altered. From that moment Jacob continued to struggle with a mental illness that resulted in numerous hospitalizations and lengthy in-patient treatment. It was a matter of profound frustration for Jacob that he could not fulfill the extraordinary promise he had exhibited before he became ill.

Jacob worked very hard to build a sustainable life in spite of his disability. He wrote and produced rap music, made physical art and lived as a fiercely loyal and devoted friend.

Jacob is survived by his Mother Jade, Father Paul, Grandmother Phyllis, Sisters Dana Sheck and Margo Breilyn, Brother in-law Aaron Breilyn, Aunts Laurie Sheck, Amy Sheck, Kim Vetter and Mona Duvall. Jacob was an uncle to Luca Breilyn. Jacob is preceded in death by his paternal Grandfather Burt and his maternal Grandmother Martha Shafer.

The family would like to thank the special people in Jacob’s life who supported him and his family when it was most needed. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to your local NAMI chapter.

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