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TV Meteorologist Kills Self at 35

Jessica Starr leaves behind two young children

(Newser) - A TV meteorologist died by suicide amid a struggle with complications from Lasik surgery. Fox 2 Detroit announced Jessica Starr's death on air Thursday morning, saying in a statement her colleagues are "in deep shock." Starr underwent Lasik SMILE surgery in October, posting on Facebook that it... More »

His Wife's Body Was Found Tied to Anchor. He Claimed Suicide

It's life in prison for Christopher Leclair

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who hoped to shack up with his girlfriend after killing his wife of 25 years will instead be confined to a prison bed for life. Christopher Leclair maintained his innocence even as a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, describing the June... More »

Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'

(Newser) - A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also... More »

New US Life Expectancy Statistics Are 'Sobering'

Life expectancy has fallen for a 3rd year in a row

(Newser) - In 1918, the double whammy of World War I and the worldwide flu pandemic drove down American life expectancy for a third year in a row. A century later, another triple-year decline has been recorded—and this time, suicide and drug overdoses are major causes. According to the Centers for... More »

Skydiving Instructor Killed Self During Tandem Jump

Student landed safely after Brett Bickford fell from loosened harness

(Newser) - A skydiving instructor who fell to his death during a tandem jump in Maine in September intentionally loosened his harness in what authorities now say was a suicide. Brett Bickford, an instructor at Skydive New England for 10 years, was doing a tandem jump with a student in Lebanon on... More »

Driver in Crash That Killed Broadway Star's Child, Unborn Baby Kills Self

Dorothy Bruns was facing 15 years in jail

(Newser) - The woman charged with hitting and killing two young children in a Brooklyn crosswalk in March was found dead Tuesday in an apparent suicide, NBC New York reports. Dorothy Bruns, 44, was charged in May with crimes including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and assault and was facing 15 years behind... More »

Where Children Are Killing Themselves

It's in Japan, where suicide rates are already high

(Newser) - Tragic news for Japan: The nation's youth suicide rate has reached its highest point in 32 years, the New York Times reports. The government says 250 children from elementary to high-school levels killed themselves in 2017, a slight uptick from the year before in a nation already grappling with... More »

His Suicide Failed, But His Note? It's Worth a Lot

Charles Baudelaire apparently tried to kill himself in 1845

(Newser) - A suicide letter by one of France's most famous poets has fetched $267,000 on the French auction website Osenat, the BBC reports. Charles Baudelaire, the 19th-century poet revered for his original style of prose-poetry, wrote the note on June 30, 1845, to his lover Jeanne Duval. "By... More »

Hubby's Help in Wife's Suicide Brings First-of-Its-Kind Ruling

Graham Morant sentenced to 10 years in prison in Australia

(Newser) - An Australian man who encouraged his wife's suicide has been handed up to 10 years in prison in what's reported to be a first-of-its-kind sentence. Graham Morant was last month convicted of counselling and aiding Jennifer Morant's November 2014 suicide, with Justice Peter Davis noting the devout... More »

Suicide or 'Lynching'? A New Ferguson Flashpoint

Police say it appears Danye Jones hanged himself, but his mother doesn't believe it

(Newser) - "They lynched my baby." So wrote Melissa McKinnies, an organizer of the Ferguson protests of 2014, upon the death of her 24-year-old son, Danye Jones. Police in St. Louis County, however, say it looks like a suicide. McKinnies' suspicions have since spread across social media, and the story... More »

Blacked-Out Part of Report on Aaron Hernandez Revealed

Inmate alleges former NFL star was smoking K2 prior to his suicide

(Newser) - In the wake of Aaron Hernandez's April 19, 2017, death, a 132-page report was made public. One redacted part of that report has now been seen by the Boston Globe , and it's raising some big questions. The portion covers an interview with an inmate who said the former... More »

A Sad Ending to Life of Man Who 'Had It All'

'NYT' explores the life and suicide of Geoffrey Weglarz

(Newser) - After police in Manhattan found a 61-year-old man dead in a parked car in late August, they identified him as Geoffrey Corbis and said it appeared he died of natural causes. Turns out, his name was actually Geoffrey Weglarz, and he died by suicide after ingesting poison he bought on... More »

Bodies of 2 Women Bound Together Wash Up in Hudson

Women were duct-taped facing each other

(Newser) - It's not unusual for bodies to wash up in the Hudson River, but what police in New York found Wednesday was exceptionally disturbing: The bodies of two young women who had been bound together with duct tape. A passer-by alerted police to the bodies, which were found on the... More »

Tina Turner Remains Baffled by Son's Suicide

Craig Turner was 'troubled soul,' though she doesn't know why he took his own life

(Newser) - Tina Turner is finally speaking out about the July death by suicide of her oldest son, Craig Turner, and she tells the BBC she's as baffled as everyone else. "I still don't know what took him to the edge," she says of her 59-year-old son, who... More »

Murder-Suicide by Wife Foils Hubby's Fake Death

He reportedly hoped insurance money would pay for daughter's epilepsy treatment

(Newser) - Lesson learned: Tell your wife if you ever plan to fake your own death. A 34-year-old man who failed to do so turned up alive to find his wife had killed herself and their two young children, according to police in China. The man, identified only by the surname He,... More »

Tragic End for Man Accused of Stealing Goldman Sachs Exec's Wine

Former personal assistant to David Solomon jumped to his death same day he was due in court

(Newser) - The former Goldman Sachs personal assistant accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of wine from his boss leaped to his death from a Manhattan hotel Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Nicolas De-Meyer had been scheduled to appear in federal court at 2:30pm that day on a criminal... More »

Missing Teacher's Death Ruled a Suicide

Kristin Westra's body was found in Maine woods

(Newser) - A tragic end to a missing-person case in Maine that perplexed authorities : The medical examiner's office has determined that a body found near the home of Kristin Westra is that of the 47-year-old schoolteacher, who disappeared Oct. 1, and that she died by suicide, NBC Maine reports. The body... More »

With 7 Suicides This Year in NYC, a 'Crisis' for Drivers

Taxi drivers, ride-sharing drivers face mounting debt, longer hours, too much competition

(Newser) - This year, seven for-hire drivers have committed suicide in New York City. The most recent, Fausto Luna, was an Uber driver who jumped in front of a train at a Manhattan subway station Sept. 26, ABC 7 reports. The other six were yellow cab taxi drivers or drivers for livery... More »

Suspect in Assassination Plot Dies a Mysterious Death

He dies in fall from intelligence agency window in Venezuela

(Newser) - Critics are accusing the Venezuelan regime of murdering a suspect in the drone assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro in August. Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in Caracas, died in a fall from a 10th-floor window of the country's top intelligence agency on Monday, two days after... More »

Dad Dies in Fall After Wife Allegedly Kills Child

Mohammad Torabi, 31, fell from a Manhattan hotel roof

(Newser) - An explosive marriage marred by alleged drug use, domestic violence, and a child's fatal beating ended Saturday when the father plunged off the roof of a Manhattan hotel, the New York Post reports. Mohammad Torabi, 31, was found dead on a third-floor landing of the Renaissance New York Hotel... More »

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