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Authorities Rule on Debbie Collier's Cause of Death

'Self-inflicted,' cops say of 59-year-old Georgia woman found dead in September

(Newser) - After a two-month mystery in Georgia that earned headlines around the country, authorities say they now know how Debbie Collier died. "A detailed examination of all gathered information has enabled investigators to determine, based on factual evidence and data, that Mrs. Collier's death was self-inflicted," the Habersham...

Court Hears Case of Woman Stabbed 20 Times in 'Suicide'

Ellen Greenberg's parents may soon take their case to trial

(Newser) - After more than a decade fighting the Philadelphia medical examiner's office on their daughter's cause of death, lawyers for Ellen Greenberg's parents made their case in front of a Pennsylvania appeals court Tuesday. "We are cautiously optimistic that the panel will find the estate of Ellen...

Girl, 12, Shot Father, Self as Part of Murder Pact With Friend: Cops
Girl Who Shot Dad, Self
in Murder Pact Is Dead

Girl Who Shot Dad, Self in Murder Pact Is Dead

Texas girl died of self-inflicted injuries, police say; her father is out of hospital

(Newser) - Update: The Texas girl who shot her father and then herself as part of a murder pact with a friend is dead. The unidentified 12-year-old died Sept. 22—two days after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head outside her Weatherford home, with a handgun beneath her,...

Study Suggests More Veterans Die of Suicide

Greater cooperation from states would help, nonprofit says

(Newser) - The number of US military veterans who have died by suicide could be far higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs has reported, a new study indicates. America's Warrior Partnership, which works to eliminate veteran suicide, found that in eight states, the number of suicides was 1.37 times...

Bed Bath & Beyond's CFO Dies in Fall From Skyscraper

Gustavo Arnal had detailed troubled company's cutbacks Wednesday to investors

(Newser) - The chief financial officer of the embattled retail chain Bed Bath & Beyond died Friday in what New York City police said seems to have been a suicide. The body of Gustavo Arnal, 52, was found near the skyscraper where he lived, the New York Times reports, and police said...

Ashley Judd: Naomi's Suffering Shouldn't Be Public Spectacle

In 'NYT' essay, she argues that police records about her mom's death shouldn't be unsealed

(Newser) - The family of Naomi Judd wants the police records about her suicide kept sealed , and daughter Ashley Judd lays out the reasons why in a poignant New York Times essay. She writes that memories of discovering Naomi in her final moments "haunts my nights," while fears that the...

Autopsy Report Reveals Cause of Death for Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd died by suicide with a firearm, as her family had previously indicated

(Newser) - Update: In a confirmation of what Naomi Judd's family has told the public, a newly released autopsy report indicates she killed herself with a firearm, per the AP . The report, which is considered public record in Tennessee, also showed multiple prescription drugs in her system used to treat various...

Mom: Man Who Killed Himself at DC Barricade Was 'Lost'

Man reportedly shot into the air as his car burned

(Newser) - Update: The mother of the man who killed himself after driving into a barricade in Washington, DC, was not in "his right state of mind," his mother tells NBC News . Richard Aaron York, 29, father to a 9-year-old boy, was "a good person," "wonderful" and...

In LA Park, a Horrifying Find
In LA Park,
a Horrifying Find

In LA Park, a Horrifying Find

Cops cite 'self-immolation' after burning body found hanging from tree in Griffith Park

(Newser) - A burning body was found hanging from a tree in Los Angeles' Griffith Park on Tuesday, prompting a big police response. Passersby, who spotted the fire in a tree a few hundred feet from the park's merry-go-round, alerted park rangers, who then alerted authorities, who responded around 1pm local...

Source: Police Have Theory in Saudi Sisters' Deaths

Law enforcement source says toxicology reports point to suicide

(Newser) - Interim toxicology reports suggest two Saudi sisters found dead in their beds in Australia ingested substances as part of a suicide pact. That's according to a senior police source who spoke anonymously to the Daily Telegraph . "It really does appear to be a tragic suicide," the source...

Constance Wu: I Tried to Kill Myself After Twitter Backlash

'I started feeling like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore'

(Newser) - Hustlers and Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu returned to Twitter Thursday with a heartfelt post explaining why she's been away from social media for three years. Wu said she took a break from social media—and her Hollywood career—to focus on her mental health after the backlash...

Cheslie Kryst's Text: 'I Wish I Could Stay With You But I Cannot'

Mom April Simpkins appeared on Red Table Talk

(Newser) - The mother of former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst was on plane rushing to be with her daughter when police confirmed the 30-year-old had died by suicide . April Simpkins spoke of her daughter's death and that January day on Wednesday on Red Table Talk , the Facebook Watch show helmed by...

Survey of LGBTQ Youth Has Big Suicide Finding

45% of them seriously considered it in 2021, Trevor Project says

(Newser) - A shocking proportion of young LGBTQ people seriously considered suicide last year, according to a new survey from the Trevor Project . The mental health nonprofit says rates of suicidal ideation have risen for the third year in a row and 45% of LGBTQ youth considered suicide in 2021. The figure...

Retailer Apologizes for 'Hang With Kate Spade' Email

Fashion icon hanged herself in 2018

(Newser) - Ulta Beauty has apologized for a promotional email with a title that recipients found stunningly insensitive: "Come hang with Kate Spade." The retailer was referring to the brand founded by fashion icon Kate Spade, who hanged herself in 2018. Critics said the "incredibly crass" blunder was worsened...

JMU Cancels Softball Season After Player's Suicide

'We will use this time to continue healing and to honor Lauren's memory'

(Newser) - Virginia's James Madison University has canceled the remainder of its softball season after the death of a star athlete. Catcher Lauren Bernett, 20, of McDonald, Penn., died of an apparent suicide on April 25, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. That was the same day she was...

Naomi Judd Was Open About Mental Health Struggles

Late country star battled depression for years

(Newser) - "We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness," is how daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd put it in announcing the death of their mother, Naomi , at age 76. For those with only a passing acquaintance of the country star, that might have come as a...

James Madison U. Grieves for Softball Star After Suicide

Days earlier, Lauren Bernett was named Player of the Week in her conference

(Newser) - Lauren Bernett, star catcher for the James Madison University softball team, died in an apparent suicide on Tuesday, according to NBC News. In a statement announcing the death of the 20-year-old sophomore, JMU President Jonathan Alger said, “Our hearts are aching, hearing the news of the loss of one...

'Immediate Action' Called for on Alaska Soldier Suicides

Lawmakers are alarmed by 17 deaths, confirmed or suspected to be suicides, reported in 2021

(Newser) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the US Army to take "immediate action" to address a suicide crisis in Alaska that they say claimed the lives of 17 soldiers last year. There were seven soldier suicides in Alaska in 2020 and eight in 2019, per the Anchorage Daily ...

Wisconsin Mom Sues Meta Over Teen Son's Suicide

He 'became addicted to defendants’ social media product' lawsuit states

(Newser) - A Wisconsin mother whose son took his own life in 2014 says he was a normal, sports-loving teen until he got sucked into social media. Donna Dawley on Monday filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta, alleging that the company deliberately designed algorithms that made the platforms...

Family Members 'Removed From Society' Jumped From Building

Swiss police had tried to summon the father shortly before

(Newser) - Update: Four members of a French family who fell to their deaths from an apartment building in Switzerland last week jumped "one after the other," according to police. A 40-year-old man, his 41-year-old wife, her twin sister, and the couple's 8-year-old daughter died. The couple's 15-year-old...

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