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

'NYT' explores the life and suicide of Geoffrey Weglarz
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2018 12:53 PM CDT
Updated Oct 28, 2018 2:55 PM CDT
'He Had It All.' But Soon It All Unvraveled
Geoffrey Weglarz bought poison on the dark web.   (Getty/sudok1)

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 the dark web. How Weglarz came to this end under a different name is the subject of a fascinating New York Times story by Michael Wilson. A friend says Weglarz "had it all"—a wife and son, a big house in Connecticut, a passion for acting, and a career in software design that took him around the world. Then came the divorce and Weglarz's departure from Dell in 2011. (The Connecticut Post also mentions medical and mental health issues.)

Two years later, Weglarz told PBS' Newshour in a story about jobless older Americans that he'd applied to 481 jobs with no luck, and had only $2,000 to his name. And another bad turn: Weglarz was accused of throwing a sandwich at a pregnant McDonald's worker in 2013, and he changed his surname to Corbis to avoid unflattering news reports. He never did shake his financial struggles. Shortly before he died, he told his sister he'd acquired poison used for euthanasia. "That way, when I'm ready, I can go painlessly and fast," he reportedly said. She thought she knew the outcome when Weglarz sent her a text shortly before 6pm on Aug. 24. "Stuff does taste as bad as I thought it would," it read. The Times has more, including on a final, vain bank visit. (A suicide pact is suspected in another NYC case.)

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