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Cops Blame Brothers' Suicide Pact for Death of 6

One left behind rambling note that took issue with lax gun control, as well as 'The Office'

(Newser) - Texas police were responding to a report of a possible suicidal person at a home in suburban Dallas on Monday when they found the bodies of six family members that are thought to have been there since Saturday—the result of an apparent murder-suicide pact. Coverage:
  • Two brothers, ages 19
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Despite Pandemic, There Were Fewer Suicides in 2020

It's no longer in the top 10 causes of death

(Newser) - For countless millions of people, 2020 was one of the toughest years of their lives—but though authorities warned that the pandemic would cause a mental health crisis, it didn't lead to a rise in suicides. According to preliminary figures from the CDC, deaths by suicide declined 5.6%...

Online Bully's Fine in Netflix Star's Suicide: $80

'When will you die?' he asked Hana Kimura

(Newser) - A Japanese man has been fined $80 over online abuse directed at a reality star who later took her own life. Pro-wrestler Hana Kimura committed suicide last May after suffering social media abuse related to her appearance on Netflix's Terrace House, a reality show following six young people who...

Child Star of Talladega Nights Dead at 28
Child Star of 
Talladega Nights
Dead at 28
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Child Star of Talladega Nights Dead at 28

Houston Tumlin died by suicide, coroner says

(Newser) - Houston Tumlin, who was a big hit as a child actor in Talledega Nights but never appeared in another movie, has died by suicide at age 28. Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans tells TMZ that Tumlin shot himself in the head inside his Pelham, Als., home Tuesday. Evans says Tumlin,...

‘Unbearable’ Post-COVID Suffering Leads to Suicide

Texas Roadhouse's CEO took his own life Thursday

(Newser) - Kent Taylor, founder and CEO of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain, has died, the AP reports. He was 65. His family and the company say he took his own life after suffering from symptoms related to COVID-19, including severe tinnitus. Taylor's family and the company on Sunday confirmed his...

He Died by Suicide. His Wife Blames 'COVID Psychosis'

Researchers are still investigating possible links between the virus and mental illness

(Newser) - A Illinois family is speaking out after a husband and father of two took his own life, saying he did so as a result of "COVID psychosis." Ben Price of Morris committed suicide 16 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. The 48-year-old farmer and married...

Military College Dorm Gets a New Resident: Its President
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College President Moves Into Dorm

Col. Mark Anarumo of Norwich University worried about effects of lockdown isolation on students

(Newser) - The best military leaders aren't afraid to get in the trenches, and even though he's now a civilian, Dr. Mark C. Anarumo's old habits die hard. The 50-year-old retired Air Force colonel and father of four is the president of Norwich University, a private military college in...

Suicide Spiraling, Japan Gets a 'Minister of Loneliness'

Development follows uptick in deaths, social isolation

(Newser) - Japan has appointed a minister of loneliness amidst a global pandemic and a rise in suicide. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga tapped minister Tetsushi Sakamoto, who is also in charge of combating a declining birth rate and reviving regional economies, for the new post at a Feb. 12 press conference, reports...

After 10-Year Social Media Study, a Tip for Parents of Girls

Study finds correlation between heavy social media use, suicide for girls

(Newser) - Teen girls who spend hours a day on social media appear to have a higher risk of suicide as they enter adulthood, according to a 10-year study of the subject. Researchers at Brigham Young University say the risk seems to be greatest for girls who spend two to three hours...

Robinhood Sued Over 20-Year-Old's Suicide

Family of Alex Kearns says he may not have owed any money at all

(Newser) - The family of the 20-year-old college student who committed suicide after seeing his Robinhood account was apparently in the red to the tune of more than $700,000 is now suing the trading app. Alex Kearns committed suicide in June after seeing the alarming figure, and his family says he...

She Helped Her Father Die, but 'Suicide' Isn't the Right Word

Esme Deprez writes of her father's battle with ALS, and his decision to use a new Maine law

(Newser) - In April of this year, 75-year-old Ron Deprez became the second person to use Maine's new assisted-suicide law to end his life. That's the short version. But in a lengthy and moving piece for Bloomberg , daughter Esme Deprez fills in the details about her father's life and...

2nd Officer Takes His Own Life After Capitol Attack

DC officer Jeffery Smith died by suicide on Jan. 15

(Newser) - Washington, DC, police disclosed for the first time Tuesday that a DC officer who responded to the Capitol riot took his own life days later. Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told House lawmakers that Jeffery Smith, a 12-year veteran of the force, died by suicide on Jan. 15, nine...

Another S. Korean Star Dies Young
S. Korean
Actress
Found Dead
at 26

S. Korean Actress Found Dead at 26

Song Yoo-jung is only the latest of nation's young stars to die

(Newser) - A disturbing trend in South Korea has continued in 2021: Another of the nation's young stars has been found dead. Actress Song Yoo-jung, 26, died on Saturday in Seoul, though no cause of death has been revealed, reports CNN . As the New York Times notes, her unexpected death has...

NYC's 'Vessel' Closed Indefinitely After Third Suicide

Man jumped to his death from 150-foot structure

(Newser) - A New York City tourist attraction has been closed until further notice amid concerns that the towering structure is becoming a suicide hotspot. A 21-year-old man from Texas jumped to his death Tuesday from the "Vessel," a 150-foot network of connected staircases, becoming the third person to die...

For Stranded Cruise Line Workers, a Heavy Toll
For Stranded Cruise Line
Workers, a Heavy Toll
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For Stranded Cruise Line Workers, a Heavy Toll

Bloomberg reports on at least 6 suspected suicides amid the pandemic

(Newser) - Lots of people can relate these days to the misfortune of being stuck at home and unable to move around much because of the pandemic. But a story at Bloomberg takes a look at a small group of people for whom the issue is especially pronounced: Workers on cruise ships....

Kevin Spacey's Christmas Eve Message: 'It Gets Better'

Actor speaks to everyone feeling despondent amid the holidays

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey, apparently like the pope , has delivered his annual Christmas Eve message, but this year the controversial actor struck a less-weird , more somber tone geared at those to whom the holiday season brings utter desolation and hopelessness instead of peace and joy. Spacey posted a 2.5-minute video, dressed...

'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate
'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate

'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate

Takahiro Shiraishi gets death after pleading guilty to murdering, dismembering 9 in Japan

(Newser) - The "Twitter Killer" of Japan has heard his fate, and he didn't react. Takahiro Shiraishi received the death penalty Tuesday after pleading guilty in September for the murder and dismemberment of nine people, and the judge who handed down the sentence had to ask if the "stone-faced"...

Dad: Pandemic Isolation Drove My Teen to Kill Himself

Jay Smith says 16-year-old Spencer struggled with isolation, urges parents to talk to their kids

(Newser) - A high school sophomore and football player took his own life Friday in Maine, and his dad is now warning other parents to keep an eye on their kids' mental health during the pandemic. Jay Smith tells WMTW that his 16-year-old son, Spencer, whom he describes as a "fun-loving...

6th Grader in Zoom Class Takes His Own Life

Officials in San Joaquin County, Calif., say 11-year-old died after shooting himself during online class

(Newser) - A sixth grade Zoom class turned tragic this week in California, leaving an 11-year-old dead after cops say he shot himself. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office started fielding calls around 11am Wednesday that there'd been a shooting in Woodbridge, and when deputies got to the scene, they...

In Japan, Many More Are Dying From Suicide Than COVID

Rate is up a shocking 80% among women

(Newser) - Japan has been spared the worst of the pandemic, but authorities are alarmed by a sharp rise in suicides this year, especially among women. Japan already had the highest suicide rate among G7 nations, with the US close behind, and October was the worst month for suicides in more than...

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