3 Cups of Tea Co-Author Commits Suicide
David Oliver Relin wrote controversial book with Greg Mortenson
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 3, 2012 11:28 AM CST
"Three Cups of Tea."   (Amazon.com)

(Newser) – David Oliver Relin, the co-author of the best selling book Three Cups of Tea, committed suicide in Oregon on Nov. 14, authorities said last night. He was 49. The deputy county medical examiner says Relin died of blunt force head injury, but declined to provide any other details. Relin was co-author with Greg Mortenson of Tea, which recounts how Mortenson started building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan; the book came under scrutiny last year when 60 Minutes and Jon Krakauer alleged that it contained numerous fabrications.

In April, a US District judge rejected a lawsuit by four people who bought the book, dismissing claims that the two authors, the publisher, and a charity conspired to make Mortenson into a false hero to sell books and raise money for the charity. Mortenson had denied any wrongdoing, though he has acknowledged some of the events in the book were compressed over different periods of time. The New York Times reported that Relin did not speak publicly about the charges.

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Dec 3, 2012 3:13 PM CST
I know nothing of the book and nothing of the so-called controversy, but suicide always saddens me...except when it's Hitlery types.
Dec 3, 2012 2:22 PM CST
His ends may have not justified his means in writing the book but it was a white lie as lies go & hardly a reason to kill oneself. I wish the people making meth in the apartment below mine would go hang themselves, preferable before they blow-up the building or poison any more people. It would seem that the people who really should commit suicide never do.
Dec 3, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Good riddance to a bad writer. Hey, move over, Hitch & Vidal. Relin gonna help you shovel that coal.