Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it’s not just among struggling middle-aged whites. Suicides by girls age 10 to 14 have spiked over the last 18 years. And there’s been a shocking surge in children 17 or under dying from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
The sister of late White House deputy counsel Vince Foster wrote a Washington Post op-ed strongly condemning presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for reviving the conspiracy theory that the Clintons killed her brother.
The most dramatic increase was seen among girls aged 10 to 14; in a decade and half, the rate of suicide in this age group went up 200 percent.
Some refugees and migrants who are facing deportation from Greece to Turkey under a new deal to help stem the flow of people seeking asylum in Europe would rather kill themselves than risk returning to the Middle East, according to multiple media reports.
The grand jury has already concluded that no felony was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in connection with Bland’s death.
By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif — These are no ordinary Joes. At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that’s precisely the point. Mark Pinto hopes the […]
Los Angeles (AFP) — The cremated remains of Hollywood actor Robin Williams, found dead on August 11 after an apparent suicide, were spread in San Francisco Bay, U.S. news media reports. According to Williams’s death certificate, published by the celebrity gossip site Radar Online, Williams was cremated on August 12, one day after his personal […]
Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message. This is an old dodge for Limbaugh. Yet however he parses his language, there can be no doubt that he sought to exploit a tragic […]
By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week, was battling the “early stages” of Parkinson’s disease at the time, his wife said in statement Thursday. Susan Schneider also said Williams’ sobriety was intact as “he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as […]
Los Angeles Times Marin County, Calif., officials are defending their decision to release graphic details about Robin Williams’ suicide. They have faced some criticism on social media for a press conference Tuesday in which officials laid out how Williams died and how he was found. An official with the sheriff’s office said the release of […]
By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anytime someone takes their own life, a circle of heartbroken family and friends are left struggling with a question of haunting simplicity: Why? Now, in the wake of the news that comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, an entire world linked by […]
By James Queally, Los Angeles Times Actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself after first apparently trying to slash one of his wrists, authorities said Tuesday. Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom, where he was found by his personal assistant shortly before […]
By Veronique Dupont Los Angeles (AFP) — Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation, and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the […]
By Christopher Maag, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Of the dead we know so little. Their names, usually. The clothes they wore. That they lost hope, and where. Richard Elliot Stone was one of the latest; he jumped off the George Washington Bridge on July 20, just before sunset. We know he wore […]
By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — It’s well-known that cigarettes are bad for your health, but does smoking make you more likely to kill yourself too? In a paper published this week in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, authors argued that smoking and suicide may be more closely related than previously […]
Lucknow (India) (AFP) – Two teenage girls have been found hanging from a tree in a northern Indian village after they were gang-raped by five men, police said Thursday. A postmortem report indicated that the cousins from the low-caste Dalit community, aged 14 and 15, hanged themselves late Tuesday after being attacked in a village […]
By Subel Bhandari and Najeebullah Hazem KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 13 people, among them the two perpetrators, were killed and scores of others were injured Thursday in a Taliban suicide attack in Afghanistan’s relatively peaceful province of Panjsher. “A suicide attack occurred at the entrance gate of Panjsher province. 11 people were killed, including […]
Jeff Hensley of Frisco, Texas, a retired Navy fighter pilot who fought in both Iraq wars, places American flags on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014, representing the 1,892 veterans and service members who have died by suicide this year. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Former Marine Corporal Tyler Tannahill left his home in Overland Park, Kansas, to spend this week lobbying lawmakers in Washington to honor four fellow Marines who served alongside him in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who took their own lives. Retired Navy Commander Jeff Hensley, a jet fighter pilot […]