Self-Help Radio Hosts Died Holding Hands

Building manager found John Littig, Lynne Rosen

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2013 2:15 PM CDT | Updated Jun 6, 2013 2:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – A strong odor alerted building manager Hasan Boztepe that something was not right inside John Littig and Lynne Rosen's Brooklyn apartment. When no one answered his repeated knocks, he broke down the door Monday and found the two radio hosts dead in a double suicide. They were sitting on a couch holding hands, the manager tells CNN, and they had each left a note behind. Littig's read: "I can't take it anymore, my wife is in too much pain." As for Rosen's, it "basically said she was sorry for doing this," a police source tells the New York Daily News. “We believe she had some psychological problems."

The life coaches, whose show was described as focusing on "personal development, growth, and creativity," were in a common law marriage. They had been together 20 years, a neighbor tells the New York Post. "John was a very nice person. Lynne kept to herself," the neighbor says. "She was always putting on a lot of weight and taking it off." Other neighbors didn't have such kind words. One called Rosen "kind of a cold fish," and another told the Daily News Littig was fond of banging on his drums in frustration at all hours and would "fly into these crazy rages and scream like a crazed animal." Neighbors have reportedly been told the couple was dead for a week before their bodies were discovered.

A screen grab of John Littig and Lynne Rosen.
A screen grab of John Littig and Lynne Rosen.   (YouTube)
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A clip from the couple's radio show, "The Pursuit of Happiness."   (LynRos7)

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