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US Suicides Reach Record High
US Suicides Reach
Record High

US Suicides Reach Record High

Rate of suicides by firearms also is at a record level

(Newser) - New federal stats show that the suicide rate in America reached its highest level on record last year, reports CNN . Nearly 50,000 people took their own lives in 2022, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which translates to 14.3 deaths per 100,000 people, per the...

LA Sheriff's Department Reels After 4 Suicides in 24 Hours

3 current members, 1 former member of the department were found dead

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is reeling after "four beloved active and retired members" of the department died in apparent suicides within a 24-hour period that began Monday. Sheriff Robert Luna on Tuesday described "shock waves of emotions" at the news, and encouraged "personnel regardless of...

TBI: Police Chief's Son Took Own Life After Chase

John C. Drake Jr., suspect in weekend shooting of 2 cops, was found dead on Tuesday

(Newser) - The search for the estranged son of the head of Nashville's police force has come to a grim end. Authorities say John C. Drake Jr. was found dead in South Nashville on Tuesday, three days after he allegedly shot and injured two police officers, per the Tennessean . Drake Jr....

Rising Suicide Rates Prompts Real Talk at Surgery Conference

One surgeon shared her personal story with colleagues to address mental health crisis

(Newser) - Physicians have higher suicide rates than the general population, with surgeons as one of the top groups at risk of taking their lives in the medical field. The Guardian takes a deep dive into how Carrie Cunningham, an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, addressed the issue head...

Chef Accused of Sending 'Suicide Packages' Charged in 12 More Deaths

New charges in Ontario involve victims between 16 and 36 years old do

(Newser) - A Toronto-area chef accused of selling sodium nitrite and other products that could be used in suicides to vulnerable people has been hit with a a dozen new charges, all in connections with deaths in Ontario. Police say the new charges against Kenneth Law, who already faced two counts of...

Extradited Nigerian Allegedly Pushed US Teen to Suicide

Samuel Ogoshi and his brother Samson accused in international 'sextortion' scheme

(Newser) - In March 2022, 17-year-old Jordan DeMay received a message over Instagram from someone threatening to make his nude photo go viral unless the teen coughed up $1,000. DeMay, a high school senior in Michigan, could afford only $300. "I'm kms rn [killing myself right now]. Bc [because]...

Our Suicide Count Keeps Getting Worse

According to provisional CDC numbers

(Newser) - About 49,500 people took their own lives last year in the US, the highest number ever recorded, according to new government data posted Thursday. The CDC, which posted the numbers , has not yet calculated a suicide rate for the year, but available data suggests suicides are more common in...

Mulan Star Coco Lee Dead at 48
Disney Star
Coco Lee
Takes Her
Life at 48

Disney Star Coco Lee Takes Her Life at 48

Hong Kong singer voiced Mulan in Mandarin version of movie

(Newser) - Hong Kong singer-songwriter Coco Lee, who voiced Mulan in the Mandarin version of Disney's Mulan in 1998, died by suicide Wednesday. She was 48. Her sisters say Lee attempted suicide at home on Sunday and that despite efforts to save her, she fell into a coma and died at...

Soldier's Suicide Involved 2 Helicopter Crashes

Report reveals tragedy at Georgia's Fort Stewart as Army adjusts its mental health care

(Newser) - An Army officer crashed a Black Hawk helicopter in an attempt to kill himself but, failing to do so, ran to a second helicopter, which he subsequently launched and fatally crashed. That's according to a redacted investigation report released Wednesday, more than a year after the March 2022 incident...

Kaczynski's Death Appears to Be Suicide
Kaczynski Apparently
Killed Himself

Kaczynski Apparently Killed Himself

Official cause of Unabomber's death will await investigation

(Newser) - The death of Ted Kaczynski, who once terrorized the nation with a yearslong series of bombings, apparently was suicide. Called the Unabomber by the FBI, Kaczynski died Saturday at a federal prison medical center in North Carolina after being found unresponsive in his cell . Three people with knowledge of his...

Epstein Reached Out to Another High-Profile Pedophile

His letter to Larry Nassar was returned to sender, AP learns from newly released documents

(Newser) - Two weeks before ending his life, Jeffrey Epstein sat in the corner of his Manhattan jail cell with his hands over his ears, desperate to muffle the sound of a toilet that wouldn't stop running. Epstein was agitated and unable to sleep, jail officials observed in records newly obtained...

'Queen of the Mommy Bloggers' Dead at 47
'Queen of the Mommy
Bloggers' Dead at 47

'Queen of the Mommy Bloggers' Dead at 47

Partner says Heather Armstrong died by suicide

(Newser) - Heather Armstrong, known as "queen of the mommy bloggers" at the height of her blogging career, died Tuesday at her home in Salt Lake City, her longtime partner Pete Ashdown said. She was 47. Ashdown told the AP that Armstrong died by suicide and that he found the body....

He Vanished in 2013. Strangers Keep Looking for Him

Jason Nark's piece is about so much more than the search for Matthew Greene

(Newser) - Jason Nark's moving and emotive story for Alpinist is about two quests: a journey through Nark's grief at his friend Anthony's September 2013 suicide, and the years-long search for Matthew Greene, who went missing while climbing in the Mammoth Lakes area of California's Eastern Sierra in...

Kyle Jacobs, Songwriter Married to Kellie Pickler, Dies

Police investigate death as a suicide

(Newser) - Kyle Jacobs, a songwriter who was married to country singer Kellie Pickler, has died at their home in Nashville. Police called to the house Friday afternoon found Jacobs, 49, dead in an upstairs bedroom, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Pickler reported to police that she woke up that day...

4th Sailor Assigned to USS George Washington Dies by Suicide

This one comes less than a year after the first 3

(Newser) - Less than a year after three sailors assigned to the USS George Washington died by suicide over a one-week span , another sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier has taken his own life. "On Jan. 23, 2023, a Sailor assigned to USS George Washington (CVN 73) passed away at a...

'Gifted' NYT Political Journalist Dies Suddenly at 44

Police investigating Blake Hounshell's death as a suicide

(Newser) - Journalist Blake Hounshell, who became editor of the New York Times' "On Politics" newsletter after roles as editor-in-chief at Politico Magazine and managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, died Tuesday at the age of 44. His family said he died in Washington "after a long and courageous battle...

Author Emerges Years After Apparent Suicide. It Doesn't Go Well
Author Emerges Years
After Apparent Suicide.
It Doesn't Go Well
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Author Emerges Years After Apparent Suicide. It Doesn't Go Well

'Let the fun begin,' Susan Meachen apparently wrote on Facebook, to fans' horror

(Newser) - For more than two years, the Facebook page of self-published author Susan Meachen has served as something of a shrine, used to promote her romance novels and share posts about suicide prevention. In October 2020, a person claiming to be Meachen's daughter posted from Meachen's account, announcing the...

Princeton Student's Death Ruled a Suicide

Misrach Ewunetie's body was found days after she was reported missing in October

(Newser) - An autopsy has confirmed that foul play was not involved in the death of a Princeton University student who went missing in October . The body of 20-year-old Misrach Ewunetie was found near tennis courts on the outskirts of campus on Oct. 20, six days after she was last seen. In...

Report: Dancer, DJ 'tWitch' of Ellen Dies by Suicide
DJ 'tWitch' of Ellen
Is Dead at 40

DJ 'tWitch' of Ellen Is Dead at 40

'His positive impact will continue to be felt,' wife says of Stephen Boss, said to have died by suicide

(Newser) - Stephen "tWitch" Boss, a key part of the long-running Ellen DeGeneres Show, has died at age 40. The man known for his incredible dance moves was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Los Angeles-area hotel on Tuesday, TMZ reports. He was a contestant on MTV's...

'Catfishing' Cop Made Odd House Purchase

Austin Lee Edwards blacked out its windows

(Newser) - The Virginia law enforcement officer who allegedly abducted a teenage girl after killing her mother and grandparents in California had threatened to kill people before. A years-old police report obtained by the Los Angeles Times describes a Feb. 7, 2016, incident in which Austin Lee Edwards refused medical treatment for...

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