Video Of Homeless Man Playing The Piano Gathered 40 Million Views. What's Happened To Him Since?

Date April 5, 2019

Many of us probably don’t think about how homeless people found themselves on the street. Unfortunately, this is often caused by very sad circumstances that were beyond their control.

In 2005, 51-year-old homeless man named Donald Gould became famous all over the world. A random passerby recorded a video of his version of the composition Come Sail Away by the rock group Styx on the piano.

The video instantly became popular. Today, it has more than 40 million views on YouTube. Many internet users admired the man's talent and wondered how he found himself on the street.

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Donald Gould’s story

The man is a former marine. He had a wonderful family – a beloved wife and a delightful son. Unfortunately, sometimes, fate brings us very terrible surprises.

In 1998, Gould’s wife committed suicide. This tragedy threw David off his stride. Prolonged depression led to self-neglect, alcohol addiction, and drug obsession.


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Gould was eventually fired from his job and deprived of parental rights. Over time, Donald found himself at the very bottom.

Second act

In his youth, the man played several instruments and even was a part of the naval orchestra. When the video with Donald appeared on the internet, he was offered a job in an Italian restaurant, where he began playing the piano and clarinet.

Empathetic users also organized a fundraising campaign on the GoFundMe service and raised over $40K for Gould.

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Some time later, he resumed communications with his son and even met a new love.

In June 2017, Donald released his first album, Walk on Water.

This story has reminded us that every person deserves a second chance; it is never too late to change your life for the better!

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