Posts Tagged ‘suicide’

[LFPress]  Former Toronto Maple Leafs winger-defenceman and enforcer Wade Belak was found dead in his downtown Toronto condo Wednesday, sources say. He is the latest in a line of several NHL pugilists who died over the past decade from unusual circumstances including suicide, alcohol and drug abuse. Belak killed himself, according to sources. Toronto Police refused comment after being called to the condo at 1 King St. W., where a man’s body was found. Belak, 35, who was just signed on for the popular Battle of the Blades reality TV show, was found dead around 1:33 p.m., the source said. He hanged himself, according to a source. Born in 1976 in Saskatoon, the former first-round pick of the Quebec Nordiques began his NHL career in 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche — successors to the Nordiques — then spent three years with the Calgary Flames, followed by seven years with the Leafs, two years with the Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators since 2008. Known more for his fists than his stick-handling, the 6-foot-5, 223-pounder played 549 NHL games, scoring eight goals and 33 points, racking up 1,263 penalty minutes.

What the fuck is going on?  Dude was tweeting his ass off about this Battle of the Blades show he’s gonna be on just a few hours ago.  Seemed like he was an outgoing guy – he was responsible for my all-time favorite tweet:

Married, couple of kids, reality show – doesn’t exactly have the makings of someone who’s suicidal, but I’m sure there will be more story to come out in time. That’s 3 young hockey players dead within months…weird.

[MSNBC]  This is just breaking and, at present, we only have links to stories in Japanese, but apparently former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday. Suicide by hanging is suspected. Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career. He was arrested in Gardena, California last year for drunk driving. Back in 2008 he was arrested for assaulting a bar manager in Japan after allegedly consuming 20 glasses of beer. After achieving stardom in Japan, Irabu’s contract was purchased by the San Diego Padres in early 1997. Irabu wanted no part of San Diego, however, and a trade to the Yankees was arranged. Irabu earned World Series rings with the Yankees in both 1998 and 1999, but he fell far short of expectations and drew the ire of George Steinbrenner who famously dubbed him the “fat toad.” The Yankees shipped him off to Montreal for Jake Westrbook following the 1999 season. He lasted two seasons with the Expos and one season with the Rangers before hanging it up after 2002. We’ll update with more information when it becomes available. For now, however, it appears to be a sad end to a troubled life.

A sad tale, indeed.  From squinty superstar in Japan to World Series champ to fat toad to dead.  RIP to a certified Yankee regend.

[Pasadena Star News] A man who died Friday after jumping from a freeway overpass has been identified as a 41-year-old Duarte man who has made more than 10 similar attempts over the past decade. Francisco Solomon Sanchez was pronounced dead shortly after 4:15 p.m. Friday after leaping from a 210 Freeway overpass between Mountain Avenue and Buena Vista Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Joe Bale said.

An autopsy ruled the cause of death a suicide, he said. Sanchez was struck by at least one vehicle after leaping into rush-hour traffic, sheriff’s officials said. Sanchez has jumped or threatened to jump from freeway overpasses and other high places in the Duarte area more than 10 times in recent years. In some cases, he surrendered to officials. In other cases, he jumped. Sanchez had two prosthetic legs from when he broke both ankles jumping from the same overpass in 2003.

What a selfish dick. What’s the matter, is that jump not fatal enough after everyone is home from work? You felt it was necessary to ruin everyone’s commute? And on a Friday no less. You ever drive in LA rush hour on a Friday? Traffic is insane. I just can’t help but feel sorry for all those poor people who were just trying to make it to happy hour only to have their weekend ruined by Sanchez’s careless act. (more…)

I’m assuming ‘accidental’ means he didn’t mean to kill himself, not that he didn’t mean to booze and pop oxycodone.  Still sad nonetheless…

[Daily News] A man took a fatal plunge from the world’s tallest building in Dubai, according to several media reports.

The jumper, believed to be a 30-year-old Asian man, leaped from the 147th floor of the 160-story Burj Khalifa and landed on the 108th, Gulf News reported. Other outlets indicate he may have landed on the 102nd floor.

Dubai police confirmed they received a report about a possible suicide at the half-mile-high skyscraper.

“The police operations room received a call about a suicide at the Burj Khalifa today,” Dubai police said in a statement, The National reported.

Reports suggest the man may have been upset that he didn’t get a day off from work.

This would be the first time someone took a fatal leap from the nearly 2,800-foot-high building.

If there’s anyone who understands where this guy is coming from it’s your boy Scrody here. Remember my post this morning where I said I needed a day to clear my head? Yeah, well 610 basically said “fuck you, you’re blogging”, then he went home to play with his dogs. Tough job, right?   (more…)

[Daily Mail]  A distressed farm worker may have committed suicide by wading into a crocodile-infested river, police in South Africa said today. Detectives believe labourer David Lubisi, 40, was eaten alive after he entered the Lepelle river following an argument with his girlfriend. The father-of-three has not been seen for more than a week after apparently telling a colleague about his painful plan on April 7. Sergeant Malesela Makgopa today said officers believed Mr Lubisi had died in a bizarre case of suicide. He said: ‘The man has not been seen since the incident and his body has not been found. ‘Our investigations have revealed that at around 7pm on April 7 he told a co-worker he wanted to walk into the river, which he knew to be infested with crocodiles. ‘He was last seen heading towards the water and never turned up after that. ‘We believe he may have been having domestic problems with his girlfriend and that he wanted to commit suicide. ‘If that is true then it was a particularly horrible and painful way to die.’  Police said the local community had been shattered by the apparent tragedy, which happened near the town of Bushbuckbridge close to the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa’s eastern Mpumalanga province. Before his disappearance Mr Lubisi had worked in the area for five years as a labourer at a game farm. The country’s Sowetan newspaper today reported that the owner of a neighbouring property reported seeing a crocodile with a human leg protruding from its mouth four days after the incident.

Suicide?  Why is this ruled a suicide?  Hey Sergeant Malesela Makgopa, shouldn’t you be bringing in the girlfriend for murder?  Manslaughter?  Listen, if this guy was in his right mind he’d have appropriately thrown this cunt into the river, never be heard from or seen again.  Gone without a trace.  Maybe you’d see an eyeball or something in a pile of croc shit, but no one’s sifting through that.  I can’t count how many times I’d have tossed my lady into a crocodile river if given the geographical opportunity. Guaranteed unsolved mystery.  Alas, my rage brought upon by female ‘logic’ passes after a few hours of brainstorming alibis and sandpapering my fingerprints.  Now, in this case, it’s common knowledge that Mr. Lubisi made himself the centerpiece of a croc tug-of-war because of a fight with his maid chick, right?  Why would he do that?  He must be insane, right?  Abso-fucking-lutely.  So…how’d he become so crazy?  That’s right – his bitch.  I’m pretty sure a quick application of modus tollens proves her guilt without a shadow of a doubt.  Simple math, no?

David’s girlfriend made him insane.

Insanity made David get eaten crocodiles.

Therefore, David’s girlfriend made David get eaten by crocodiles.

[Daily News]  An Oregon teenager shocked a crowd at a coffee shop last week when he stabbed himself to death on stage after singing at an open mic night. Kipp Rusty Walker, 19, took the stage at Strictly Organic Coffee in the town of Bend, Or. on Thursday to perform a song he called “Sorry for the Mess.” When he finished playing, he pulled out a knife with a double-edged 6 inch blade and stabbed himself multiple times in the chest in front of a confused crowd of roughly 15 people. “It was really unclear at first what was even happening. Because, you know, it is an open mic and it’s a performance,” the shop’s co-owner Rhonda Ealy told local television station KTVZ. “People at first thought it was some sort of theatre.” Once the crowd saw blood and figured out what was happening, Walker was rushed to St. Charles Medical Center where he died of his wounds. A friend of his, who did not want to be identified, told Oregon’s NewsChannel 21 Walker’s death did not come as much of a surprise because the teenager had contemplated suicide before and even planned to kill himself in a public place. “I’ve been preparing for it for a while, I’m sad about it, but I think I’m in shock, it’s like a whirlwind of emotions,” the friend said. “It was almost like he wanted to prove a point, like there’s no point in being scared of death because it’s going to happen to us anyway.” Walker first tried to take his own life on Mar. 20th, the friend said, who helped to have him hospitalized at the psychiatric unit of St. Charles Medical Center-Bend. He said he warned Walker that killing himself would have lasting implications. “I actually told him, I was like, ‘Dude, this is going to mess a lot of people up,” the friend told the TV station. The traumatic incident is the first of its kind in the area, police Sgt. Chris Carney told Oregon radio station KBND. “You know, 19 years with the Police Department, I can’t think of any event similar to this where somebody’s done something in such a public forum,” he said. “We still don’t know the reason why he chose to do this, why he chose this location or anything and we probably never will.”

Now this is how you promote a single.  I’m not really big on the current music scene, but I have never wanted to hear a song more than ‘Sorry For The Mess’.  How is it that there’s no YouTube video of this suicide note performance?  This shit is legendary.  Easily had to be the most emotionally-charged musical act in the history of music, and there’s no way to re-live it?  Listen it’s a bummer that this kid felt offing himself was necessary, and usually I subscribe to the ‘if you want to kill yourself, please don’t bother anyone else with it’ rule.  But this?  Is it weird I feel cheated for missing it?  I seriously believe this audience of 15 are lucky as fuck.  Probably strolled out of the coffee joint embracing their own mortality and are gonna live out the rest of their lives like god damn superheros.  Meanwhile, I’m still staring at dual monitors in an office, punching away at my keyboard as the hourglass that is my life slowly…pours…downward…

*stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab*