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Misty Upham's Dad: She Died Fleeing Police

Cops had taunted Native American actress, dad says

(Newser) - The father of a Native American actress found dead in the woods this week says his daughter died while running away from the cops, Fox News reports. Misty Upham, 32, who acted in August: Osage County and Django Unchained, "did not commit suicide," Charles Upham writes on Facebook... More »

Autopsy of Hanged Teen Offers Few Answers

Lennon Lacy's family insists he didn't kill himself

(Newser) - Lennon Lacy's autopsy report is out, but it does little to quell the sinister mystery surrounding the North Carolina teen's death. Lennon, 17, died from suffocation as a result of hanging, it says, adding that the dark abrasion circling his neck and the buckle mark under his ear... More »

School to 5-Year-Old Girl: Promise You Won't Kill

Alabama school has girl sign contract against murder, suicide

(Newser) - An Alabama mom says her 5-year-old daughter got in a heap of trouble for drawing a picture of a gun and aiming her crayon in a gunlike fashion, Local 15TV reports via BuzzFeed . In fact, little Elizabeth was assessed for suicidal thoughts and told to sign a contract promising not... More »

Redditors Save Suicidal Teen's Life

'Minecraft' gamer thanks fellow players for talking him out of a dark place

(Newser) - Minecraft gamers kicked into real-life survival mode on Sunday when a fellow player who IDed himself as a teen "crippled" by depression and social anxiety posted desperate messages on Reddit. NotARomanGuy, who plays Minecraft using the CaesarOctavius handle, posted two notes to Reddit Sunday. One posted on r/UltraHardcore began... More »

29-Year-Old Woman: Why I'm Taking My Own Life

Brittany Maynard plans to legally kill herself next month

(Newser) - A young woman who has fearlessly run half-marathons and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro now faces a more daunting task: taking her own life. But Brittany Maynard, 29, insists she's not the least bit suicidal, People reports. "There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that... More »

NJ Bridge's Redesign Has Led to Wave of Suicides

At least 82 attempts made since 2004

(Newser) - A 2004 redesign of New Jersey's Victory Bridge created a 110-foot-high span that has since become a favored suicide destination. In the last decade, at least 82 people have attempted suicide by leaping off it, and 22 have died. The bridge, which connects Perth Amboy and Sayreville along Route... More »

Teacher in Rape Case Re-Sentenced to 10 Years

Stacey Rambold initially got a one-month sentence by judge who blamed victim

(Newser) - A Montana teacher was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison in a notorious student rape case that led to the censure of a judge who partially blamed the victim . Stacey Dean Rambold, 55, was re-sentenced by a new judge exactly a year after he completed an initial one-month prison... More »

Cult Is Gone to Suicide, but Website Lives On

Gizmodo explains the odd circumstances of HeavensGate.com

(Newser) - Members of the Heaven's Gate cult drank lethal doses of poison 17 years ago so they could be picked up by an alien spaceship and taken to the "next level" of life. But the mass suicide didn't apply to the group's website , which is still in... More »

Woman Commits Suicide by Crocodile

Witnesses say Wanpen Inyai jumped into pond that held 1K of them

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Thai woman removed her shoes on Friday and then committed suicide by jumping into a crocodile-filled pond, witnesses tell police who today confirmed the death. Wanpen Inyai was discovered missing earlier that day by her family, who described the Bangkok woman as depressed. Staff at the Samutprakarn Crocodile... More »

Ex-WWE Wrestler Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

43-year-old Sean O'Haire was known for his mysterious 'Devil's Advocate' character

(Newser) - Just months after losing the Ultimate Warrior , WWE has lost another of its own. Sean O'Haire, a 43-year-old former professional wrestler best known for his dark "Devil's Advocate" character, died Monday of an apparent suicide in South Carolina, E! Online reports. According to police reports seen by... More »

GRL Singer Simone Battle Dead at 25

She rose to fame on 'X Factor'

(Newser) - Simone Battle, a singer with the group GRL, is dead at 25 of an apparent suicide, reports TMZ . Battle was found in her Los Angeles home yesterday morning, and authorities think she hanged herself. Battle first rose to national fame on the X Factor reality show in 2011. Though she... More »

Every 40 Seconds, Someone Commits Suicide: WHO

'Major public health problem' is No. 2 cause of death among people 15-29

(Newser) - With the suicide of Robin Williams still painfully fresh, the World Health Organization released a startling statistic today: Someone takes his or her own life every 40 seconds—which equates to about 800,000 deaths a year, reports the BBC . Other findings in the WHO study : Suicide is the second-leading... More »

Handcuffed Son Didn't Shoot Himself, Grieving Dad Insists

Victor White III's father disputes coroner's report, police statements

(Newser) - Louisiana State Police say Victor White III died after shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in March, an assertion backed up by the Iberia Parish coroner’s office, reports NBC News . But White’s family isn’t buying the suicide story—mainly, they say, because... More »

Denied Abortion, Woman Forced to Have Baby at 25 Weeks

Irish case tests new law that permits some abortions

(Newser) - The abortion issue is heating up in Ireland, where a woman was denied termination under a new law—then threatened a hunger strike and was forced to have a Caesarean section, the Guardian reports. The woman (impregnated via rape, a friend says) demanded an abortion at eight weeks' pregnancy and... More »

Robin Williams 'Engaged' in Work Hours Before Death

Confidante says suicide was likely not premeditated

(Newser) - The day before he was found hanged, Robin Williams was "completely engaged" in a conversation about work, a confidante tells TMZ . The source speculates that Williams' suicide was spontaneous, because during their discussion, Williams was asking quite a few questions about deals that were in the works. Williams was,... More »

Gene Simmons: If You're Depressed, 'Then Kill Yourself'

Comments made July 31 picking up steam now

(Newser) - In the wake of Robin Williams' suicide, a controversial exchange with Gene Simmons in an interview last month is getting a bit of attention. Asked whether he gets along with the original members of KISS, Simmons told SongFacts.com :
  • "I don't get along with anybody who's a
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Shepard Smith: Sorry I Called Robin Williams a 'Coward'

Fox News host says remark 'just came out of my mouth'

(Newser) - Robin Williams killed himself because he was ... a "coward"? Fox News host Shepard Smith suggested as much on the air yesterday, and later issued an apology "to the core of my being" once Twitter lashed out at him, Mediaite reports. As reported by Raw Story , Shepard talked... More »

Hollywood Mourns Williams

63-year-old actor died yesterday morning of an apparent suicide

(Newser) - Hollywood was quick to react to the news of Robin Williams' death , with Danny DeVito tweeting only the word "heartbroken," and John Krasinski calling Williams "the kindest hearted man," according to the Hollywood Reporter . Pink, who says she only met him once, described it as "... More »

Missing Oregon Mom's Death Ruled a Suicide

Jennifer Huston was found with an empty bottle of sleeping pills and a note

(Newser) - Just a day after finding missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston's body, officials are ruling her death a suicide. Her husband first reported her missing after she left to run errands on the evening of July 24; the last known footage of her shows her entering a Rite Aid pharmacy,... More »

Scientist Commits Suicide After Research Scandal

Yoshiki Sasai advised senior researcher whose stem cell breakthrough was retracted

(Newser) - Respected stem cell expert Yoshiki Sasai, who was connected to a scandal accusing a researcher he advised of falsifying a stem cell breakthrough , was found dead today of an apparent suicide. Sasai, who told the Wall Street Journal in April he was "overwhelmed with shame" over the scandal, was... More »

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