Shifty Shellshock's Final Instagram Reflections: 'I Need to Love More'

Seth Binzer's Life Marked by Fame and Personal Battles

by Zain ul Abedin
Shifty Shellshock's Final Instagram Reflections: 'I Need to Love More'
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The singer and rapper of the Crazy Town band, Shifty Shellshock, used his social media accounts to post thoughts about self-improvement and hardships before he passed away at 49. Singer known off stage as Seth Binzer, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Monday, June 24.

To date, the actual cause of death has not been made public, as the world continues to wait for further information. On April 28, Binzer posted an emotional message on Instagram regarding his struggle with self-love and sobriety.

Altogether with the nighttime photograph of a "True Love" graffiti, he added, "I’m a lover than a fighter …but the one I need to love more Instead of fight with is myself .. mr shifty true Love # Sober alive and grateful." In addition to his artistic and fun side, fans could also see that he struggles with himself and is willing to battle it out.

This image was created with black and pink ink and also have the words "Long Beach" and a heart symbol, which made it more personal. The audience understood Binzer’s situation as a result of his honesty and appreciated it by giving positive comments.

One fan expressed encouragement, saying, "Sending you love & strength. I'm here, always," while another reflected on his journey: "I think of you, and remember sober CAN be accomplished. Your days of island abandonment and swimming in shark water are over.

I'm thankful I don't have to worry about you anymore. 1 day at a time Seth."

Binzer's Public Struggle

His problems with substance abuse were not veiled from the public domain. Binzer struggled with addiction and was on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab and Sober House and nearly died in 2012 when he was in a coma.

Nevertheless, he remained active on social media and updated his fans regularly on his progress in rehabilitation. In another revealing post from the same day, Binzer reached out to those who felt marginalized, sharing a graphic with the words: "The black sheep, the odd ducks, the rejects, the eccentrics, the loners, the lost and forgotten.

More often than not, these people have the most beautiful souls." This signified his understanding as well as acceptance of those who are considered as 'weird' or don’t fit in the society. Crazy Town met mainstream success with the single "Butterfly" from their 1999 debut album The Gift of Game, with the song being used in the 2003 film Something’s Gotta Give.

In those years the band's success and lineup varied but they still managed to leave their mark on the music scene. In fact, Binzer had a brief solo career and participated in the relaunch of "Butterfly" in partnership with Black Oxygen.