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Edgar Allan Poe Likely Didn't Kill Himself

Researchers study his language, don't think he was suicidal

(Newser) - Psychologists looking into the death of Edgar Allen Poe are disputing a widely held theory that the famous author committed suicide. The 40-year-old Poe died in a hospital in 1849 after what has been described as days of delirium, notes Fast Company . The cause of his death remains unclear to... More »

Love Island Host's Unpublished Instagram Post Made Public

Family of late Caroline Flack releases her last words after reality-TV host's apparent suicide

(Newser) - It was the social media message that was never supposed to see the light of day. Now, the family of late Love Island host Caroline Flack, found dead Saturday of an apparent suicide, has revealed an unpublished Instagram post by the 40-year-old. The release of her words came just before... More »

Inside the Final Hours of Caroline Flack's Life

Paramedics were called to her home the night before she died

(Newser) - British TV presenter Caroline Flack was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday afternoon. Hours prior, around 10:30pm on Valentine's Day, someone called emergency services from Flack's home and an ambulance responded, the Sun reports. Paramedics assessed Flack, but did not take her to the hospital, a... More »

Country Singer Kills Himself After Child Sex Arrest

Daniel Lee Martin found dead after missing hearing

(Newser) - A country singer facing child sex charges in two states killed himself after missing a court appearance Friday. Daniel Lee Martin, once considered one of country music's rising stars, was first arrested in 2018 in Tennessee, where he was accused of abusing three victims under 13, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Doctor Makes Vaccine Confession in Suicide Note

Authorities are concerned Dr. Van Koinis was falsifying vaccine records

(Newser) - When a pediatrician in the suburbs of Chicago committed suicide last year, he left behind an odd suicide note—and now authorities are asking the public for help. Dr. Van Koinis, whose practice was in Evergreen Park, Illinois, indicated in his note that he had been "averse" to vaccinations,... More »

The DNA Results Came Back. And They Were Weird

Kevin Brown's widow argues the SDPD was reckless in its investigation

(Newser) - Claire Hough was found murdered on San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach in August 1984, and the 14-year-old's case languished for decades. In 2012, it was reopened so DNA testing could be carried out. By the end of 2014, someone else was dead—a crime lab worker employed... More »

A Lethal Problem Afflicts the Air Force

Suicides spike after 5 years of relative stability

(Newser) - Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data, the AP reports. The reasons for the Air Force increase are not fully... More »

Lawyer: Dulos Attempted Suicide After 'Devastating News'

Sources say murder suspect is now on life support

(Newser) - Connecticut murder suspect Fotis Dulos is in critical condition after an apparent suicide attempt came extremely close to succeeding. Police say the 52-year-old is being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after officers who conducted a welfare check Tuesday found him unresponsive in the garage of his Farmington home, the AP... More »

Woman in Texting Suicide Case Is Out

Michelle Carter released early for good behavior

(Newser) - The woman convicted in Massachusetts' "suicide by text" case was released from jail Thursday. Michelle Carter, now 23, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for, when she was 17, encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to go through with his planned suicide. She called and texted him as he... More »

More Bad News for Woman Who Urged Boyfriend to Kill Himself

Michelle Carter's appeal won't be heard by the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Michelle Carter has once again been given bad news in her "suicide by text" case: The highest court in the land won't be taking up her appeal. The Massachusetts woman, now 23, is serving 15 months for involuntary manslaughter after she encouraged her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III,... More »

Police Ruse 'Shocked the Conscience': Report

Seattle officer made up a story to track down a hit-and-run suspect

(Newser) - A Seattle police officer who apparently used a ruse for "fun" may have contributed to a man's suicide, CNN reports. An internal police probe says it all began when two officers approached a West Seattle woman's house in 2018 to ask about her connection with a man... More »

Ugly Betty Creator Dies in Apparent Suicide

America Ferrara is 'stunned and heartbroken'

(Newser) - Ugly Betty cast members and fans are mourning show creator Silvio Horta, who was found dead in Miami on Monday. Representatives declined to comment on how the 45-year-old died, but sources tell Variety that he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a motel room. Horta, who also... More »

60 Minutes Reveals Cell Note From Epstein

It's a short list of complaints, not a suicide note; show also obtains autopsy photos

(Newser) - 60 Minutes took an investigative look into the death of Jeffrey Epstein on Sunday night—including the airing of graphic photos from his cell and autopsy—and the program won't exactly be ending conspiracy theories that Epstein was murdered. To be clear, the show did not turn up... More »

Chester Bennington's Widow Remarries

Linkin Park singer died in 2017

(Newser) - More than two years after the death of her husband, Talinda Bennington has remarried, to Los Angeles County firefighter Michael Fredman. The wedding took place on New Year's Eve in Hawaii, TMZ reports. Chester Bennington , who was the lead singer of Linkin Park, killed himself in July 2017. The... More »

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Twins Die in Apparent Joint Suicide

Bodies of Bill, Joe Smith found hanging from tree after Joe's cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - Bill and Joe Smith came into this world together 32 years ago—and relatives say they decided to leave it together because they couldn't stand to be apart. The brothers, who starred in the TLC reality show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, were found hanging from a tree in... More »

Ex-Husband of Princess Dies by Suicide on Christmas Day

Ari Behn once accused Kevin Spacey of groping him

(Newser) - In Scandinavia, Ari Behn was known as a respected Danish-Norwegian author and artist who was married to Norway's Princess Martha Louise for 15 years. But internationally, the 47-year-old, who took his own life on Christmas Day, may have been best known for alleging that Kevin Spacey groped him . Behn'... More »

Woman, 2 Young Kids Die in 'Unspeakable' Boston Tragedy

They were found on sidewalk outside parking garage

(Newser) - A Christmas Day tragedy in Boston: Authorities say a woman and two children under five were pronounced dead in a hospital after they were found unconscious on a sidewalk next to a parking garage around 1:30pm, CNN reports. The woman's vehicle, with the children's car seats inside,... More »

Epstein Prison Video Emerges

Nicholas Tartaglione's lawyer is 'very pleased'

(Newser) - Looks like there's video footage of Jeffrey Epstein's cell after all. This after federal prosecutors said earlier in the week that footage around his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan had gone missing, CNBC reports. "We are very pleased the video was preserved, as we... More »

Bosses Jailed Over Worker Suicides

French court recognizes 'institutional harassment'

(Newser) - In a landmark case, three former executives at France Telecom have been jailed over workplace policies linked to the suicides or attempted suicides of more than 30 employees. Ex-president and CEO Didier Lombard, deputy Olivier Barberot, and Louis-Pierre Wenès, former director of human resources, were sentenced Friday to a... More »

Epstein's First Suicide Attempt Failed. Now, 'Troubling' News

Prosecutors say surveillance footage from that July 23 incident has gone missing

(Newser) - Almost three weeks before he killed himself in his jail cell in New York City's Metropolitan Correctional Center, Jeffrey Epstein attempted suicide in a different cell—and now the feds say surveillance footage of the cell's exterior during that first incident has vanished. Per TMZ , prosecutors in White... More »

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