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Documentary Producer Falls to Her Death in LA

Isabelle Thomas was wife of 'Killers of the Flower Moon' producer Bradley Thomas

(Newser) - Isabelle Thomas, a British documentary producer with an aristocratic background, died in a fall from what authorities say was a "high-up" floor at a Los Angeles hotel Monday afternoon. The cause of death was listed as suicide, reports People . Thomas, 39, was married to Killers of the Flower Moon...

University Saw 7 Suicides in 6 Months, Took Action

'NYT Magazine:' Worcester Polytechnic Institute has shifted thinking after a series of student deaths

(Newser) - In January 2022, a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts died of an apparent suicide. It was the seventh WPI student death in six months, a stretch in which the school scrambled to cope with what is described as an "unthinkable mental health crisis" in a story by...

After Memo on 'Very Difficult Time,' a Sheriff's Tragic Death

Richard Berdnik, sheriff in Jersey's Passaic County, dies in apparent suicide in restaurant

(Newser) - Condolences are pouring in for a New Jersey sheriff who apparently committed suicide Tuesday while dining at a Clifton restaurant. Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik was having lunch at Toros around 3:30pm when he visited a basement bathroom, where he was later found dead of what sources say was...

Epstein's Brother: He Didn't Kill Himself

Mark Epstein disputes DOJ findings, claims brother had 'dirt on people'

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's brother is calling for a new investigation into the financier's 2019 suicide, saying irregularities point to the possibility of murder. The Justice Department inspector general's report issued in June concluded Epstein was able to kill himself while alone in a cell, awaiting trial on sex-trafficking...

New Suicide-Prevention Option Drew 50K Veterans Last Year

VA initiative offers free emergency suicide-prevention aid to veterans, ex-service members

(Newser) - An emergency suicide-prevention initiative launched last year by the Department of Veterans Affairs has resonated with its target audience. The agency announced Wednesday that so far, almost 50,000 veterans and other ex-service members have made use of the program. The benefit allows those eligible to go to any VA-...

After Nearly 2K Suicides, Golden Gate Adds Nets

San Francisco effort took nearly a decade

(Newser) - Kevin Hines regretted jumping off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge the moment his hands released the rail and he plunged the equivalent of 25 stories into the Pacific Ocean, breaking his back. Hines survived his suicide attempt at age 19 in 2000 as he struggled with bipolar disorder, one...

Parasite Star, 48, Found Dead in Car

Lee Sun-kyun reportedly wrote an apparent suicide note before disappearing

(Newser) - South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun, who starred in 2019's Oscar-winning Parasite, was found dead in a car in a central Seoul park Wednesday morning. Police had been alerted earlier after Lee, 48, wrote a note that appeared to be a suicide note and then left home, Yonhap News reports....

US Suicides Reach Record High
US Suicides Reach
Record High

US Suicides Reach Record High

Rate of suicides by firearms also is at a record level

(Newser) - New federal stats show that the suicide rate in America reached its highest level on record last year, reports CNN . Nearly 50,000 people took their own lives in 2022, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which translates to 14.3 deaths per 100,000 people, per the...

LA Sheriff's Department Reels After 4 Suicides in 24 Hours

3 current members, 1 former member of the department were found dead

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is reeling after "four beloved active and retired members" of the department died in apparent suicides within a 24-hour period that began Monday. Sheriff Robert Luna on Tuesday described "shock waves of emotions" at the news, and encouraged "personnel regardless of...

TBI: Police Chief's Son Took Own Life After Chase

John C. Drake Jr., suspect in weekend shooting of 2 cops, was found dead on Tuesday

(Newser) - The search for the estranged son of the head of Nashville's police force has come to a grim end. Authorities say John C. Drake Jr. was found dead in South Nashville on Tuesday, three days after he allegedly shot and injured two police officers, per the Tennessean . Drake Jr....

Rising Suicide Rates Prompts Real Talk at Surgery Conference

One surgeon shared her personal story with colleagues to address mental health crisis

(Newser) - Physicians have higher suicide rates than the general population, with surgeons as one of the top groups at risk of taking their lives in the medical field. The Guardian takes a deep dive into how Carrie Cunningham, an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, addressed the issue head...

Chef Accused of Sending 'Suicide Packages' Charged in 12 More Deaths

New charges in Ontario involve victims between 16 and 36 years old do

(Newser) - A Toronto-area chef accused of selling sodium nitrite and other products that could be used in suicides to vulnerable people has been hit with a a dozen new charges, all in connections with deaths in Ontario. Police say the new charges against Kenneth Law, who already faced two counts of...

Extradited Nigerian Allegedly Pushed US Teen to Suicide

Samuel Ogoshi and his brother Samson accused in international 'sextortion' scheme

(Newser) - In March 2022, 17-year-old Jordan DeMay received a message over Instagram from someone threatening to make his nude photo go viral unless the teen coughed up $1,000. DeMay, a high school senior in Michigan, could afford only $300. "I'm kms rn [killing myself right now]. Bc [because]...

Our Suicide Count Keeps Getting Worse

According to provisional CDC numbers

(Newser) - About 49,500 people took their own lives last year in the US, the highest number ever recorded, according to new government data posted Thursday. The CDC, which posted the numbers , has not yet calculated a suicide rate for the year, but available data suggests suicides are more common in...

Mulan Star Coco Lee Dead at 48
Disney Star
Coco Lee
Takes Her
Life at 48

Disney Star Coco Lee Takes Her Life at 48

Hong Kong singer voiced Mulan in Mandarin version of movie

(Newser) - Hong Kong singer-songwriter Coco Lee, who voiced Mulan in the Mandarin version of Disney's Mulan in 1998, died by suicide Wednesday. She was 48. Her sisters say Lee attempted suicide at home on Sunday and that despite efforts to save her, she fell into a coma and died at...

Soldier's Suicide Involved 2 Helicopter Crashes

Report reveals tragedy at Georgia's Fort Stewart as Army adjusts its mental health care

(Newser) - An Army officer crashed a Black Hawk helicopter in an attempt to kill himself but, failing to do so, ran to a second helicopter, which he subsequently launched and fatally crashed. That's according to a redacted investigation report released Wednesday, more than a year after the March 2022 incident...

Kaczynski's Death Appears to Be Suicide
Kaczynski Apparently
Killed Himself

Kaczynski Apparently Killed Himself

Official cause of Unabomber's death will await investigation

(Newser) - The death of Ted Kaczynski, who once terrorized the nation with a yearslong series of bombings, apparently was suicide. Called the Unabomber by the FBI, Kaczynski died Saturday at a federal prison medical center in North Carolina after being found unresponsive in his cell . Three people with knowledge of his...

Epstein Reached Out to Another High-Profile Pedophile

His letter to Larry Nassar was returned to sender, AP learns from newly released documents

(Newser) - Two weeks before ending his life, Jeffrey Epstein sat in the corner of his Manhattan jail cell with his hands over his ears, desperate to muffle the sound of a toilet that wouldn't stop running. Epstein was agitated and unable to sleep, jail officials observed in records newly obtained...

'Queen of the Mommy Bloggers' Dead at 47
'Queen of the Mommy
Bloggers' Dead at 47

'Queen of the Mommy Bloggers' Dead at 47

Partner says Heather Armstrong died by suicide

(Newser) - Heather Armstrong, known as "queen of the mommy bloggers" at the height of her blogging career, died Tuesday at her home in Salt Lake City, her longtime partner Pete Ashdown said. She was 47. Ashdown told the AP that Armstrong died by suicide and that he found the body....

He Vanished in 2013. Strangers Keep Looking for Him

Jason Nark's piece is about so much more than the search for Matthew Greene

(Newser) - Jason Nark's moving and emotive story for Alpinist is about two quests: a journey through Nark's grief at his friend Anthony's September 2013 suicide, and the years-long search for Matthew Greene, who went missing while climbing in the Mammoth Lakes area of California's Eastern Sierra in...

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