After 24-year-old Rhys McNaughton took his own life, his grieving friends are reaching out to the actor he bared a striking resemblance to: Zac Efron.
In a letter posted on Facebook, friend James Healey wrote, "I wouldn't often do this and I don't even know how responsive celebrity pages are but I am going through a tough time at the moment and want to share a story with you about my friend Rhys... affectionately known as Zeffa. Rhys was a loving and caring guy, but had passion for life that you rarely see. He was a candle that burnt so brightly everyone followed blindly; we were all immediately wrapped up in this rollercoaster."
"Zac, I am reaching out to you because just last week Rhys took his own life," he continued. "An absolute shock to everyone around him, and the greater community the loss of our Zeffa was massive and devastation. I still cannot comprehend that a true gentleman like Rhys who had everything you would ever want could feel so sad inside and not be able to tell us."
"I'm asking if you could please spare some time, your thoughts and love to help us reach our goal and raise awareness of depression and suicide for your true, one and only doppelganger, Zeffa, our dear friend Rhys," he went on. A family friend told The Daily Mail, no one was aware that Rhys had suicidal thoughts. "No one was aware of what he (Mr McNaughton) was going through, no one was," the friend said.
Following his death, Rhys' friends started a campaign through the Movember Foundation to raise $10,000 for men's mental health issues. Movember is a charity month that encourages young men to grow facial hair for donations that raise money for men's health. So far, they have exceeded that, raising over $25,000 to date.
So far, Zac hasn't commented about Rhys or the fundraiser on social media, but we hope the letter makes it his way at some point. Sending our thoughts to Rhys' friends and family, and cheering them on as they continue to exceed their fundraising goals in his honor of their loved one.