Category Archives: Suicide

February 26, 2021

Former USA Gymnastics Coach Kills Himself After Being Charged with Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault

Former USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert committed suicide after he was charged on Thursday with 24 counts of criminal misconduct, including human trafficking and sexual assault, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.

State officials confirmed the news to WLNS CBS that the coach died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 63 years old.

Geddert coached the 2012 U.S. women’s gold-winning Olympic team and worked closely with Larry Nassar, the disgraced physician convicted of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and child pornography that owned and operated Twistars USA Gymnastics gym near Lansing, Michigan, where Nassar also treated several gymnasts.

Geddert was charged with 14 counts of human trafficking and forced labor causing injury; six counts of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor; one count of continuing criminal enterprise; one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct; and one count of lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation.

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December 29, 2019

Inappropriate, suicide-themed joke at Democratic Party event (Video)

The Chairman of the Leeds Democratic Committee said in the secretly recorded video: “Today I saw a thing and it said a lot of men…a lot of white men were committing suicide, and I almost thought, ‘Yeah, great,’ Then I thought about it little more and I thought maybe I shouldn’t say that out in public.” He received laughter from some crowd members.

A 40-second video has been circulating around the web, showing a guest at a Maine Democratic Party event allegedly mocking increasing suicide rates.

The video was released by an anonymous source on an online blog.

Several viewers and organizations have reached out to NEWS CENTER, asking about the video.

NEWS CENTER’s Kristina Rex set out to verify whether it’s real, and the context behind the viral video.

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February 10, 2018

Hollywood executive commits suicide, family blames Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan

It was during that period that, at the Sundance Film Festival, McGowan had a sexual episode with Weinstein that she later claimed had been a case of rape, the family statement said. Messick allegedly reported the sexual episode to her managers and insisted they address it.

Hollywood studio executive and producer Jill Messick, who suffered from bipolar disorder, committed suicide this week, her family reported, citing Harvey Weinstein and one of his alleged victims, Rose McGowan, as contributing factors in the tragedy. Messick was 50.

Messick, who was married and had two children, killed herself in Los Angeles Wednesday. The method she used was not reported.

A family statement revealed that “five years ago, Jill suffered a manic episode. Anyone familiar with bipolar disorder knows that it is a cruel and vicious disease. With the help of doctors, her family and friends, Jill rebounded. Jill had fought to put her life back together. After a long job search, she was in negotiations to run the production division for a new entertainment company.”

The family said that for Messick, depression “had been her nemesis for years.” The statement also took aim at Weinstein and McGowan, saying Messick had become “collateral damage” in the movement that emerged after allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein were reported.

“The Movement” just lost one of its own, began the family statement.

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November 25, 2016

Researchers have found a troubling new cause of death for middle-aged white Americans

The researchers, Justin Pierce and Peter Schott, found evidence that trade with China has resulted in greater rates of suicide and poisonings (including fatal drug overdoses) after 2000, when President Clinton and Republican lawmakers allowed a major increase in imports.

White Americans without a college degree are becoming more likely to die in middle age, reversing decades of progress toward better health.

Researchers first noticed this worrisome trend last year. They pointed to increases in opioid abuse, obesity and suicide among the causes of death, but what caused these increases has remained something of a mystery.

This week, a pair of economists have advanced a new theory. They suggest that, for many workers, a major shift in the structure of the U.S. economy may have been fatal.

The researchers, Justin Pierce and Peter Schott, found evidence that trade with China has resulted in greater rates of suicide and poisonings (including fatal drug overdoses) after 2000, when President Clinton and Republican lawmakers allowed a major increase in imports.

Pierce and Schott suggest that as competition with Chinese manufacturing forced U.S. factories to close, many of the Americans who were laid off never got their lives back together. Instead, they fell into depression or addiction. White adults, in particular, suffered from the change in policy.

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February 10, 2016

Black Lives Matter Activist Shoots, Kills Self on Steps of Ohio Statehouse

“Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before I left.”

Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel shot himself Monday on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol pronounced McCarrel dead on the scene and said there were no witnesses to the shooting.

McCarrel was active and public about his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. He tweeted about attending a MLK Day rally just weeks before committing suicide:

McCarrel’s last tweet foretold his demise:

“We don’t have any evidence to know the reason why he did it,” Cvetan told reporters.

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October 4, 2015

Jim Carrey’s Ex Posted Image of Scientology Depression IV Treatment Weeks Before Suicide

Cathriona White, the former girlfriend of comedian Jim Carrey, shared an image online of her participating in Scientology’s all-natural antidepressant purification process weeks before her suspected suicide.

White was found dead Monday Sept. 28 inside her Sherman Oaks, California home, days after Carrey abruptly ended their relationship.

The 30-year-old industry makeup artist died in close proximity to three drugs that were prescribed to Carrey under an alias, according to TMZ, which also reports it is still unclear which drug(s) killed her.

White was in possession of the sleep aid Ambien, the painkiller Percocet, and the blood pressure drug Propranolol.

White also left behind a suicide note, which police have confirmed referenced her breakup with Carrey.

A photo shared on Instagram by White seven weeks ago shows her taking an intravenous drip of what she identifies as Vitamins B and C, as well as the naturally-occurring antioxidant glutathione, The Daily Mail reports.

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April 15, 2015

It’s society, not biology, that is making men more suicidal

Around thirteen men in the UK will kill themselves today, and the male suicide rate is at a 14-year high. Is it time to accept that society has become dangerously hostile to men, asks Mike Snelle.

“‘It’s all in your head’ has the same appeal as ‘It’s all in the genes’”, wrote Louis Menand in the New Yorker a few years ago. “An explanation for the way things are that does not threaten the way things are. Why should someone feel unhappy or engage in anti-social behaviour when that person is living in the freest and most prosperous nation on earth? It can’t be the system! There must be a flaw in the wiring somewhere.”

I’ve had cause to question my own wiring. Two years ago, I hit crisis point. I stopped answering my phone. I wasn’t eating. I became suicidal. I was diagnosed as Bipolar and prescribed a mixture of mood stabilisers and anti-psychotic medication. Reading around the subject, I realised I wasn’t alone. Last week it became clear that more and more men were struggling just as much.

The suicide rate amongst men is at its highest since 2001, and is over three times that of women. The use of anti-depressants has increased fivefold since 1991. Today, around 13 men in the UK will kill themselves (4,858 men killed themselves in 2013, according to the latest figures). Why are men in our society reaching crisis point? What’s going on?

When I was diagnosed, I was told Bipolar is a genetic illness with a biological cause. I harboured the common misconception that ‘genetic’ means inevitable and unchangeable, but after some research I realised that’s not really what ‘genetic’ means.

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April 4, 2015

Ted Nugent Thinks Obama Is Causing Veterans to Commit Suicide (Video)

“Here’s your job, Republican Party,” Nugent said. “20-25 of those guys kill themselves every day, and they haven’t told you why, and they haven’t told anybody else why, but they told me why: because the Commander-in-Chief is the enemy.”

A widely-cited and frequently questioned statistic states that 22 military veterans commit suicide every day in the United States. And Ted Nugent knows why they do it.

Speaking at the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Republican Party of Maricopa County, Arizona this past week, the conservative rocker shared this charming message with the crowd in attendance.

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February 16, 2015

Another American sniper fallen in his prime by Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris pays tribute to Marine who suffered after serving his country.

Stars and Stripes reported in 2014 that roughly 22 veterans take their own life every day. That is a catastrophic tragedy by anyone’s estimation, especially considering that these precious souls once put their lives on the line for all of us. But alas, Washington is finally doing something to prevent America’s best from taking such acts of desperation.

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act, was unanimously passed in the House of Representatives at the turn of the year. It was also unanimously passed in the Senate by a vote of 99-0 at the beginning of this month. It was then signed by President Obama last week.

According to the Washington Post, Marine Cpl. Clay Hunt survived a wrist wound from an enemy sniper in Iraq in 2007. After recovering, Hunt went to sniper school and then deployed with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, to Afghanistan in 2008. He fought during the Afghanistan surge and saw many of his fellow marines and other Navy corpsman pay the ultimate price.

After leaving the Marine Corps, he battled deep post-traumatic stress and panic attacks. Nevertheless, he continued to serve as an advocate for other veteran and humanitarian causes in such places as Haiti in 2009 after the devastating earthquake.

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November 19, 2014

Supermodel ‘kills self after joining cult’

‘Blame modeling, maybe drugs, not us.’

On a scorching-hot day in the summer of 2008, just three days before her 21st birthday, supermodel Ruslana Korshunova took a running leap from a Manhattan, New York, building and landed with a thud, bringing her life to an end.

While the New York Police department believes she committed suicide, family and friends of the woman simply could not believe she killed herself.

Now six years later, a new book claims the 20-year-old Russian beauty with sparkling blue eyes and hair down to her waist had joined a “dehumanizing” cult before she died.

In “Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible,” journalist Peter Pomerantsev says the woman took up with the Moscow-based Rose of the World group shortly before her death.

The New York Daily News reports, “Pomerantsev himself joined the Rose and endured a series of dehumanizing training sessions in which life coaches harangued and humiliated the trainees while excoriating each for their life’s woes. For instance, the blame for a rape was placed on a victim who was stridently accused of self-pity.”

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