The loss this past January of Chase Amick, better known by his stage name 6 Dogs, took a heavy toll on modern music’s present and future. When 6 Dogs signed to Interscope’s Mad Love records in 2018, he was one of the first artists to bring an online, underground fanbase into the mainstream. With his muttered vocals, hazy production, and a steadfast adherence to positivity, 6 Dogs became an early hero for many independent artists.

When we spoke in July of 2020, Chase had been riding out the pandemic at home in Georgia, and was two weeks recovered from his own COVID diagnosis. Paradoxically, the illness came at a time when he was in the midst of a health kick: Chase sounded as dedicated to gardening, smoothies, and mental wellness as he was to music. His long-awaited album was beginning to take shape, and after a week of listening I was convinced this was 6 Dogs’ most ambitious, impressive, and hopeful release yet. RONALD is out this Friday, March 12.

Read a message from Chase’s parents and the full interview below.

Warning: The following content contains candid descriptions of mental health issues which may be triggering to certain people.

“We know that countless people loved Chase and feel his loss profoundly. We also know that Chase felt that love and expressed often how grateful he was for it. He, in turn, loved his fans, friends, and family fiercely. To say that he is missed is a gross understatement. His loss feels like a bomb exploded in our lives and hearts leaving a crater that is smoldering, gaping, and raw.”

“Chase was open about his mental health struggles. For the past four and a half years he contended valiantly with bipolar disorder and psychotic episodes. While he did receive treatment, these issues were at times still a struggle for Chase. The night Chase died, he took a walk and went to a building where he would watch the sunset and gaze at stars. He fell from that building and did not survive his injuries. We will never know if he meant to fall or if he was experiencing psychosis at that time. We find these unanswered questions difficult, as you probably do as well. There is no evidence that he planned his death and there was no indication given to those that were with him in the hours preceding his death that it was imminent.  

“Chase expressed often to his friends and family that this past year had been one of the best and happiest of his life. He was focused on his health, developing beneficial habits, and on passionately pursuing artistic endeavors. This pursuit produced music and art that we will treasure. In the past months, he created music videos, interviews, and an album that he was proud of and excited for the world to experience. Our decision to release these were with the hope that they will be a blessing to you.

“In the midst of our grief, we believe that Love Wins. Chase believed that too. He would want us to find comfort in the love of God and in spreading love to others. He would also want you to live unabashedly vibrant lives full of creativity and joy. Our prayer is that, with time, you will do just that.

Thank you for loving Chase.”

If you are experiencing mental health struggles, please reach out for help. In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741 for support and assistance from a trained counselor.  

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

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