March 25, 1983 - October 28, 2013 Stephen Benjamin "Kitaen" Sandknop was an LA-based musician, filmmaker, and artist who tragically lost a battle with meth addiction. He is survived by his parents, John and Randy Sandknop, his partner Mike Justice, his brother Nayt Willems, sister-in-law Ruth, stepmother Pam Sandknop, stepsisters, Tara and Erin, and myriad friends, fans, and loved ones. Stephen was a warm, sincere, and lovable rising star, terribly troubled in his final days. If you, or anyone you know is battling addiction, please get help. It's never too late.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 7, 2013