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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...

Former MLB Pitcher Suspected of Murder Is Found Dead

Charles Haeger, 37, was found Saturday afternoon on a Grand Canyon trail

(Newser) - Arizona police say a former MLB player killed his ex-girlfriend on Friday night and took his own life a day later. The body of Charles Haeger, 37, was found on a Grand Canyon trail around 4pm Saturday. He had suffered what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Arizona ...

Boy's Suicide Linked to Macabre Online Challenge

But media reports should be viewed with some skepticism

(Newser) - A boy's suicide has been linked to a possible online "horror challenge" enticing children to take their own lives—if, that is, such challenges even exist. ANSA reports that an 11-year-old boy killed himself Wednesday by jumping off a balcony at his family's home in Naples, Italy....

Japanese Celeb Found Dead by Her Husband

Yuko Takeuchi died by suspected suicide

(Newser) - A Japanese actress known as the female Sherlock Holmes has apparently killed herself—which, if confirmed, continues a spate of suicides among Japanese entertainers. Yuko Takeuchi was found at home Sunday by her husband without a note, but Variety reports that it looks like suicide. "It came all of...

Military Suicides Rise Up to 20% in 2020

Leaders assume pandemic is part of the cause

(Newser) - Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters, and civil unrest. While the data is incomplete and causes of suicide are complex,...

Suicide Video Prompts a TikTok Move
Suicide Video
Prompts a TikTok Move

Suicide Video Prompts a TikTok Move

Company suggests tech 'partnership' could help tamp down on harmful content

(Newser) - TikTok says "groups operating on the dark web" engaged in a "coordinated effort" to share a graphic suicide video across its platform. Now it's asking other social media giants for help. The video of a US man shooting himself was live-streamed on Facebook in late August before...

Family of Gunned-Down Protester Reacts to Suspect's Suicide

'Are we supposed to feel bad?' James Scurlock's sister asks after bar owner killed himself

(Newser) - Rather than face a manslaughter charge in the shooting death of Black protester James Scurlock, white Nebraska bar owner Jake Gardner apparently took his own life over the weekend. But while one of Gardner's attorneys called it an "extremely sad day," Scurlock's family doesn't feel...

25% of Young Adults Seriously Considered Suicide in June

CDC looks at America's mental health during the pandemic

(Newser) - The pandemic-related mental health crisis experts have been warning about seems to have arrived. A quarter of adults aged 18 to 24 say they've seriously contemplated suicide in the past month, according to a CDC survey of 5,412 people conducted from June 24 to 30. Young adults aren'...

Connecticut Inmate Hangs Himself With Face Mask

Daniel Ocasio was found sitting on bunk

(Newser) - A Connecticut inmate used his prison-issued cloth face mask as a ligature to hang himself while sitting on his bunk, officials say. The death of 32-year-old Daniel Ocasio, who was found on his bunk at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center at 5:07am Wednesday, has been ruled a suicide by the...

Cops Found Killer After 24 Years, Didn't Get to Arrest Him

As authorities closed in on Steve Branch in 1996 rape, murder of 17-year-old, he killed himself

(Newser) - Alaska State Police were pretty sure they'd found their man when they arrived at the Arkansas home of Steve Branch last week. But 66-year-old Branch—suspected of raping and killing Jessica Baggen after her 17th birthday party in Sitka, Alaska, in 1996—refused to provide a DNA sample, so...

Cops: Rape Suspect Freed for COVID Kills Accuser

Ibrahim Bouaichi then killed himself

(Newser) - Ibrahim Bouaichi was indicted on numerous charges in December after a woman testified that he'd violently raped her inside her apartment. He was jailed without bond in Alexandria, Va.—until the coronavirus pandemic hit. Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins granted Bouaichi's release on $25,000 bond on...

Film Producer Steve Bing Dies in Apparent Suicide
Film Producer Steve Bing
Dies in Apparent Suicide

Film Producer Steve Bing Dies in Apparent Suicide

Bing, who was also the father of Liz Hurley's son, was 55

(Newser) - Film bankroller, writer, and philanthropist Steve Bing died Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ he took his own life by jumping from a 27-story apartment building in Century City. He was 55. Though not a definitive link to suicide, sources tell the website that Bing,...

Before Hanging Death, His Girlfriend Made Angry Threat

Malcolm Harsch's family say he did in fact kill himself

(Newser) - A black man whose hanging death roused the ire of activists did indeed die by suicide, the New York Times reports. A family spokesman says video of Malcolm Harsch, 38, taking his life in Victorville, Calif., last month confirmed he hadn't been lynched. Sheriff's officials reinforced that by...

College Student Kills Himself After Seeing Huge Stock Loss

20-year-old using Robinhood app may have misunderstood his balance

(Newser) - Alex Kearns was enjoying investing, family members say—spending time on Robinhood, a free trading app, and experimenting with the stock market. The 20-year-old had just started during the pandemic, Forbes reports, while he was home with his parents from college. But late Thursday night, he apparently was shocked to...

Cops Say They Hanged Themselves. Their Families Disagree

Robert Fuller, Malcolm Harsch found hanged from trees in S. California, and families want answers

(Newser) - Cops say two black men found hanged from trees in two separate incidents in Southern California took their own lives, but their families are pushing back on that, insisting neither one would've ended their lives that way. The New York Times reports that the body of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch,...

Black Man Found Hanging From Tree Near City Hall

Robert Fuller's body was found in Palmdale, California

(Newser) - Authorities in the Southern California city of Palmdale are investigating the death of a 24-year-old black man found hanging from a tree near City Hall, which they originally described as an apparent suicide, prompting outrage in the community, the AP reports. A passerby reported seeing Robert Fuller's body around...

Sister: COVID Altered Brain of ER Doctor Who Killed Herself

She says Lorna Breen faced 'most horrific, unimaginable conditions'

(Newser) - A New York City emergency room doctor who died by suicide after working at a hospital inundated with COVID-19 cases pushed herself past the breaking point because she wanted to help as many people as possible, relatives say. Jennifer Feist tells Today that Dr. Lorna Breen took a week and...

Former Playboy Playmate Dead at 33
Former Playboy
Playmate Dead at 33

Former Playboy Playmate Dead at 33

Ashley Mattingly committed suicide amid substance abuse battle

(Newser) - Former Playboy playmate Ashley Mattingly has died at 33. Believed to have committed suicide on Wednesday, Mattingly was found unresponsive at her home outside of Austin, Texas, by police on Thursday after a friend requested a wellness check, reports People . "We learned late Thursday night that it is believed...

Cops: He Lost His Job, Then Started Shooting

38-year-old Pennsylvania man dead in attempted murder-suicide

(Newser) - Police say a Pennsylvania man who had recently lost his job and was becoming more and more upset about the coronavirus pandemic shot his girlfriend and then himself in an attempted murder-suicide on Monday. Roderick Bliss, 38, was pronounced dead of "obvious gunshot injuries" and his death ruled a...

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