Accomplished Albany entrepreneur dies at 29

Friends and relatives are mourning the loss of an accomplished Capital District entrepreneur and videographer who died at the age of 29.

Max Drabkin, a native of Albany, died Wednesday, July 27, according to his obituary. A cause of death has not been listed.

After graduating from Albany High School in 2012, Drabkin went on to earn a degree in economics from McGill University in Montreal in 2016, according to his memoir.

While at McGill, he served as Vice President of Communications at the Undergraduate Society of McGill. He was also a member of the school rowing team.

“Max was known for his boundless energy, generosity, ambition and creative drive,” reads his obituary. “He liked to bring people together.

After college, Drabkin followed his entrepreneurial passion and founded his own startup, Maxed Visuals. Traveling across Canada and the United States, he produced videos for well-known house music groups, his memorial said.

Drabkin also spent time working at restaurants in the Hudson Valley, the Kingston Standard in Kingston and the Petite Bistro in Rhinebeck.

“During his short life, he was blessed with the love of his family and countless friends who helped him through his recent struggle with mental health,” reads his memorial. “Burn your flame in the sky, Max.”

Drabkin is survived by his father, Peter, and mother, Nicole, of Albany, and brother, Daniel, of Brooklyn.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Home, located on South Broadway in Red Hook. Funeral services had not been announced as of Thursday, August 11.

Relatives said memorial contributions in Drabkin’s name could be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

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