Two young musicians who dreamed of performing with Drake told a friend that they were desperate to stop using drugs before being tragically found dead in a family home.
The lifeless bodies of Sawandeep Singh Chhokar, 20, and Ethan Sfetcopoulos, 19, were discovered Monday at 11 a.m. at their property on Kinchega Drive in Shepparton, northern Victoria.
Police do not consider the deaths suspicious and said an autopsy would confirm the exact cause, but heartbroken friends revealed the young men had overdosed on drugs.
“I only found out that they struggled a bit with drugs after Ethan released his last album and said he’s not about that life,” close friend Jonathan Safari told Daily Mail Australia.
Sawandeep Singh Chhokar (pictured with close friend Kaitlin Edwards at their school debutante ball) and Ethan Sfetcopoulos were found dead Monday morning
Friends believe Sawandeep Singh Chhokar, 20, (left) and Ethan Sfetcopoulos, 19, (right) overdosed on drugs
“They both definitely wanted to stop using — I’m sure of that.”
The couple had big dreams of becoming international music stars – Mr. Sfetcopoulos wanted to perform with the famous rapper Drake, and Mr. Chhokar wanted to become ‘the biggest Punjabi artist in Australia’, and was inspired by Canadian rapper Nav.
“Ethan always said, ‘I’ll do this music thing until the world knows Sfet,'” Mr Safari recalled.
“We had plans to make a song together and maybe make an album together in the future. Now they’re both gone without even a warning.’
The aspiring musician said the young men went out of their way to support and encourage their friends – “actually they wanted the best for everyone they met,” he added.
Chhokar wanted to be ‘the biggest Punjabi artist in Australia’ and was inspired by Canadian rapper Nav
Ethan Sfetcopoulos (pictured) was determined to become a famous musician, friends say
Kaitlin Edwards grew up with Mr. Chhokar and worked with him for their school debutante ball.
She confirmed they were found dead at Mr Chhokar’s childhood home, but said no one knows exactly what happened in the hours before they died.
“No one thought they’d pass like this,” she said.
Mrs. Edwards wrote on Facebook: ‘Drugs don’t love you. I wouldn’t wish on anyone the pain I’m going through. Get clean and be with the people who love you.’
“My heart is broken, I can’t believe it.”
Ethan Sfetcopoulos had big dreams of performing with famous rapper Drake (pictured)
A friend remembered Mr Chhokar (pictured right) as a ‘kind-hearted child who meant no harm and wrestled with demons’
The young woman said the pair were a great support to her when she was a teenager, revealing that they wanted to be “happy and remembered.”
“Ethan always had everyone’s best interest in mind and always knew how to make someone laugh,” she said.
“They had goals and big dreams and loved their music if you ever needed someone, they were always there.”
Another friend said the men were “widely loved” in the community.
Other friends and fellow musicians flooded social media with tributes to the young friends.
Tyson Cameron said they were “two wonderful kids who had a lot ahead of them, lost their lives to drugs.”
Friends said Mr. Sfetcopoulos (pictured) always took the time to support and encourage others
He remembered Mr Chhokar as a “good-hearted boy who meant no harm and wrestled with demons.”
“I’m glad I was able to tell you what you were going through, I’m grateful for the times we were together and made beats and just talked about life.
Mr Cameron said Mr Sfetcopoulos was ‘a great person to deal with, lots of great energy and so much talent’.
He also encouraged his friends to “be safe with drugs” and “check with your friends.”
A memorial service will be held at Wanganui Oval in Shepparton on Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Police said a report will be prepared for the coroner.