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Co-Pilot Lubitz Had Suicidal Tendencies Years Ago

Prosecutors say he was in therapy for years before becoming pilot

(Newser) - The man thought to have deliberately sent a Germanwings Airbus into the side of a mountain last week was treated for suicidal tendencies for several years before he became a pilot, German prosecutors said today. Andreas Lubitz underwent therapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies," reports the AP... More »

Mo. Auditor's Rep Kills Self Month After Boss Did: Cops

Robert 'Spence' Jackson found dead just weeks after auditor Tom Schweich

(Newser) - A strange, tragic story just got even stranger and more tragic: The spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich—a gubernatorial candidate who killed himself Feb. 26 just minutes after arranging interviews with the media—has apparently taken his own life, the AP reports. Jefferson City Police officers found Robert "... More »

This Isn't the First 'Suicide by Plane Crash'

Germanwings crash chillingly similar to 2013 crash

(Newser) - It's thankfully very rare for a pilot to decide midflight that it's time for themselves and everybody on board to die, but Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz isn't the first believed to have done so. While the lack of survivors can make such cases hard to confirm, experts... More »

Teen Kills Brother, 6, Then Himself During Dinner: Cops

Older brother injured in what Florida cops say was prompted by fight over food

(Newser) - An evening meal among three brothers ended in tragedy yesterday evening in Hudson, Fla. A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, cops say, then wounded his 16-year-old brother before killing himself, the AP reports. The boys' mother was at work and an 18-year-old brother wasn't around. What... More »

Students Find Their Teacher Hanged in Classroom

Popular instructor often spoke out against suicide

(Newser) - The door was locked around 8:40am yesterday when a few students arrived at Jillian Jacobson's photography classroom at El Dorado High School in Placentia, Calif. "That's not normal for that hour of the day," a police lieutenant explains to the Orange County Register . The students... More »

Cops: Teen Urged Friend to Kill Himself—and He Did

Michelle Carter has been charged with involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - The sad story of one teen's suicide is turning into a bizarre criminal case for another. Police say Michelle Carter egged on friend Conrad Roy to kill himself—even when he seemed to change his mind at the last minute—because she wanted the sympathy and attention of others,... More »

Missouri Pol Arranges Interviews, Then Kills Self

Tom Schweich, candidate for governor, shot himself, say police

(Newser) - Missouri's political world was stunned today with the news that Tom Schweich, the state auditor and a Republican candidate for governor, was dead from what police are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 54-year-old apparently shot himself in his own home this morning, just minutes after calling reporters from... More »

Boy Behind Viral 'Laser Cat' Photo Kills Self

Draven Rodriguez, Mr. Bigglesworth raised awareness for rescue animals

(Newser) - Draven Rodriguez, the "quick-witted" upstate New York teenager whose proposed yearbook photo went viral last fall after his school rejected it, has died, reports the Albany Times-Union . His parents say he killed himself at home on Thursday; NBC notes that it's not clear what drove Draven to end... More »

Scientists Find Link Between Suicide and Air Pollution

Middle-aged men appear most vulnerable after short-term exposure to pollution

(Newser) - Air pollution has been blamed in an eighth of all deaths worldwide in 2012 , and it just got deadlier: On the heels of studies that have produced similar findings in Canada, South Korea, and Taiwan, spikes in air pollution are being linked to spikes in suicides, reports LiveScience . Researchers at... More »

Man Commits Suicide Outside News Corp Building

Phillip Perea worked for Fox station in Austin, Texas

(Newser) - A former employee of a Fox station in Austin, Texas, committed suicide around 9am this morning outside of Manhattan's News Corp building—home to Fox News, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been identified as 41-year-old Phillip Perea of Irving. The Journal reports by... More »

Mom Suing Target for Son's Suicide

Store's 'walk of shame' made Graham Gentles suicidal: lawsuit

(Newser) - A Target employee leapt to his death last summer after being taken on an alleged "walk of shame" through the store—and his mom is suing the company, NBC Los Angeles reports. The suit claims that Graham Gentles, 22, was stopped by security and police when he showed up... More »

'My Death Needs to Mean Something': Trans Teen

17-year-old hit by truck early Sunday morning

(Newser) - Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn scheduled two posts to go live on Tumblr the day of her death. Then the 17-year-old, who was born Josh Alcorn, walked 4 miles early Sunday morning to Interstate 71 near her middle-class King Mills neighborhood an hour southwest of Columbus. She was struck by... More »

After Boy's Call, 4 Found Dead in Texas Home

9-year-old apparently the only witness to what happened: police

(Newser) - Police found two women, a man, and a girl younger than 16 dead in a small-town Texas home yesterday. They were responding after a 9-year-old boy called a relative, saying that a man at the house had attempted suicide, the Dallas Morning News reports. The dead appeared to have suffered... More »

Fox News Reporter Found Dead

Dominic Di-Natale was a globetrotting reporter with serious health issues

(Newser) - A Fox News journalist known for covering high-profile international stories was found dead this week in an apparent suicide, Fox News reports. Officials found the body of Dominic Di-Natale, 43, on Wednesday in Jefferson County, Colo., where he owned property. A friend had alerted the officials, saying Di-Natale was in... More »

FBI Looks Into Black Teen's Hanging Death

Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging in North Carolina trailer park

(Newser) - A prosecutor says the FBI is looking into the hanging death of a black North Carolina teen after his family questioned the official ruling that he killed himself. Seventeen-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt from a swing set in a trailer park in... More »

Final Resting Place for Man's Ashes: 100 Countries

CJ Twomey's mom has made it her mission to ensure her late son sees the world

(Newser) - Over the past year, CJ Twomey has been scuba diving in the waters off the Dominican Republic, flown over Turkey in a hot-air balloon, and ascended Peru's Machu Picchu. He's visited more than 100 countries, thanks to the kindness of hundreds of strangers who are helping CJ—who... More »

Body of OSU Player Was Found in Dumpster

Gun found as well in apparent suicide

(Newser) - More sad details are emerging in the apparent suicide of the missing Ohio State University football player found dead yesterday. NBC4i and ABC News report that Kosta Karageorge's body and a gun were found in a dumpster just a few hundred yards from his apartment. "Reports were that... More »

Missing OSU Player Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Kosta Karageorge had been missing since Wednesday

(Newser) - Ohio State officials say they're grieved to learn of the death of a football player missing since Wednesday . Police tell media outlets they believe a body found near the campus was that of 22-year-old Kosta Karageorge. The senior defensive tackle was last seen at his apartment in Columbus early... More »

Euthanasia Doctors Visit ... Auschwitz?

Ultraorthodox Jews in Antwerp have called the physician a 'professional killer'

(Newser) - Wim Distelmans, a Belgian doctor who helps people die and has been nicknamed "Dr. Death," is raising eyebrows again with a trip he recently led to Auschwitz. The doctors, nurses, and psychologists who joined him from Brussels, most of whom also work in the field of euthanasia, were... More »

Study Finds Powerful, Simple Way to Reduce Suicide

Talk therapy helped those most at risk, study says

(Newser) - Talk therapy is a simple but powerful way to stop people at high risk of suicide from harming themselves, according to new research. In a study published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, researchers who tracked tens of thousands of Danes over an 18-year period found that suicides were down 26%... More »

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