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'Russia's Elon Musk' Was Tortured, Raped Before Dying: Report

Valery Pshenichny, 56, suffered horribly

(Newser) - An entrepreneur known as "Russia's Elon Musk" was apparently raped and tortured in prison before he died—a finding that casts doubt on the official account of his death, Newsweek reports. Valery Pshenichny, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of embezzlement when he was found hanging in his... More »

In His Suicide Video, a Secret That Upends an Alaska Town

Rick Martin reveals beloved school superintendent had abused him

(Newser) - Karl Ward is long dead, but some say the once-revered school superintendent in a small Alaska fishing town was not the benevolent educator worthy of having the high school gym named in his honor. A cellphone video made by a man before he died by suicide last month has given... More »

He Called in Sick at 5:30am, Died a Fiery Death an Hour Later

More on the suicide of gay-rights lawyer David Buckel

(Newser) - In the wake of lawyer David Buckel's fiery suicide in Brooklyn's Prospect Park early Saturday, the New York Times digs deeper into the 60-year-old's recent years and final moments. Buckel gained prominence for his work involving a case related to the death of transgender man Brandon Teena... More »

Twin Sisters With High-Profile OCD Cases Found Dead

A suicide pact is suspected

(Newser) - Twin sisters, known for their debilitating symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, have been found dead in Colorado in what police say was a possible suicide pact. Sara and Amanda Eldritch, 33, were found dead of gunshot wounds Friday in a vehicle near Canon City's Royal Gorge Bridge, some 130... More »

3 Boys Saw a Man Attempting Suicide. 'Leave Me,' He Said

English students rewarded for saving man's life

(Newser) - Last year, three schoolboys stumbled on a man trying to hang himself off a bridge. Now they've been awarded by a British charity for saving the man's life, the Sun reports. "If ever there was a story to balance up the bad ones this is it,"... More »

She Came to LA to Act, Ended Up in Shallow Grave

LAPD says Adea Shabani's remains were likely found 400 miles north of the city

(Newser) - "We know she left the apartment at approximately 1:15 on the afternoon of the 23rd. That's the last time she’s seen alive, and so that's the last credible information we have." But now police have a likely conclusion, and a grim one: They say... More »

Man Fatally Poisons Himself During Police Chase

Police were attempting to pull over rape suspect

(Newser) - A rape suspect died after poisoning himself during a freeway chase in Southern California on Wednesday, authorities said. The pursuit began during the morning commute in Ventura County when officers tried to pull the man over and he sped away, the California Highway Patrol said. The car drove onto the... More »

Suspect Claims Victim Hired Him via Craigslist to Kill Her

He says teen placed Craigslist ad for killer

(Newser) - A man in custody in Colorado has confessed to fatally shooting 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger, but he claims her death was still suicide, according to arrest documents seen by NBC News . According to an arrest affidavit, Joseph Michael Lopez, 22, told investigators that he shot the teen after answering a Craigslist... More »

'Collateral Damage': McGowan's Ex-Manager Dies by Suicide

Family slams Harvey Weinstein for involving her in scandal

(Newser) - Hollywood producer Jill Messick, who has died by suicide, was "collateral damage" in the "already horrific story" of Harvey Weinstein, her family says. In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter , the family of Rose McGowan's former manager describe her as a strong believer in the movement against... More »

Spike in Suicides Followed Death of Robin Williams

Researchers can't prove his suicide caused copycats, but the numbers did rise after he died

(Newser) - The world was shocked by the August 2014 death of Robin Williams , but "middle-aged men in despair" may have taken his suicide especially hard, Reuters notes. For a study published Wednesday in Plos One , researchers sifted through CDC data from 1999 through 2015 and found that there was a... More »

Teen Suspended Over Viral Anti-Bullying Video

Emily Gipson recorded video following fellow student's apparent suicide

(Newser) - "We're expected to forgive the bullies because the authorities are sure they didn't mean it," Emily Gipson says in a YouTube video posted Jan. 22. "Sometimes I wonder how many kids it takes dying to make a difference." The 16-year-old sophomore at Tennessee's... More »

Eldest Castro Son Kills Himself

'Fidelito' was being treated for depression

(Newser) - The eldest son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has taken his own life after months of being treated for "profound depression," according to state-run media in Cuba. Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, nicknamed "Fidelito," was 68. Castro-Diaz Balart, who was born during Castro's brief, pre-Cuban Revolution... More »

Cause of Death Released in Ex-Glee Star's Death

Mark Salling died of asphyxiation due to hanging—a suicide

(Newser) - What was already speculated on has now been confirmed: Former Glee star Mark Salling took his own life. Per TMZ , the Los Angeles County Coroner determined the 35-year-old actor, who was found hanging from a riverside tree near his home in Sunland, Calif., died from asphyxia due to hanging, and... More »

Mark Salling's Body Reportedly Found by Chance

He was discovered next to a creek in a wooded area of LA

(Newser) - Authorities reportedly found Mark Salling's body by chance Tuesday when they stumbled upon his car near a wooded area in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles. TMZ reports authorities, in the area for unrelated reasons, ran the car's plates and discovered the owner had been reported missing. During... More »

Doctor Who Allegedly Put a Hit on His Wife Is Found Dead

New Jersey's James Kauffman committed suicide in prison, say authorities

(Newser) - A New Jersey doctor accused of arranging his wife's murder has committed suicide in prison, reports People . James Kauffman, a 68-year-old endocrinologist, allegedly helped set up the 2012 murder of his 47-year-old wife, April Kauffman, inside their home. The motive? Prosecutors say their marriage had gone south, and April... More »

Girl Complained About Bullying, Killed Herself Minutes Later

2 kids now charged with cyberstalking

(Newser) - While suspended from school for an alleged fight, 12-year-old Gabriella "Gabbie" Green walked into her mother's bedroom on Jan. 10 to complain about "girl drama" and the "particularly heavy" harassment she was receiving from classmates. Forty minutes later, she was found dead of a suicide that'... More »

Washington State QB Dead in Apparent Suicide

Tyler Hilinski was 21

(Newser) - After backup Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski missed practice, police went to his Pullman apartment Tuesday to do a welfare check. They emerged with grim news: The 21-year-old was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, and USA Today reports a suicide note was found at the scene.... More »

Logan Paul Gets His First 'Strike' From YouTube

Star hears his fate for posting suicide video

(Newser) - After more than a week, YouTube has revealed the punishment star vlogger Logan Paul will receive for posting a video of a suicide victim in Japan . Paul, who laughed and joked about the dead man during the widely condemned video, will have his channels removed from the Google Preferred platform,... More »

Girl Known for Australian Hat Ads Commits Suicide

Amy 'Dolly' Everett was 14

(Newser) - Featured in an ad campaign for Australian hat company Akubra when she was 8, Amy "Dolly" Everett was the face of the unmistakable outback hat, the BBC reports. Last week, at the age of 14, Dolly killed herself. "I know for some suicide is considered cowardly but I... More »

YouTube Star Called 'Garbage' Over 'Suicide Forest' Video

Logan Paul takes it down, apologizes

(Newser) - "This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I've ever posted," says YouTube star Logan Paul at the start of a 15-minute video posted Sunday that quickly came under fire. The title of the since-removed video was "We found a dead body in the... More »

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