Timeline Suicides and Euthanasia

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1514        Dec 4, Richard Hunne, English "heretic", allegedly committed suicide.
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1889        Jan 30, Rudolf (b.1858), Archduke of Austria, and his mistress, Marie Vetschera, were found dead having committed a double suicide overnight. Their story was later depicted by Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso in his film "Vices and Pleasures" (1976).
    (http://tinyurl.com/kkskjkd)(AP, 1/31/14)

1901        Feb 17, Carles Casagemas (b.1881), Spanish painter and close friend of Picasso, shot himself in front of Germaine Pichot.
    (Econ, 2/16/13, p.84)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Casagemas)

1932        Mar 14, George Eastman (77), founder of Eastman Kodak, committed suicide. “To my friends. My work is done, why wait?"
    (ON, 3/05, p.12)(http://tinyurl.com/5fjeq)

1940        John Monk Saunders, Hollywood screenwriter and former husband to actress Fay Wray (1928-1939), hanged himself.
    (SFC, 8/10/04, p.B7)

1942        Switzerland passed a euthanasia law to enable those with just a few weeks to live the opportunity of a dignified death. Swiss law made assisted suicide lawful.
    (WSJ, 11/22/02, p.A1)(Econ, 10/15/05, p.59)

1948        Jul 21, Arshile Gorky (b.1904/5), artist, (born as Vostanig Adoian of Armenian parents in Eastern Turkey) died of suicide. He came to the US in 1920 and assumed a new name in admiration of Russian writer Maxim Gorky. His works included "Gray Drawing for Pastoral" (1946). His last paintings were described as "imaginary erotic cosmologies." In 1999 Matthew Spender published the biography "From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky."
    (WSJ, 1/28/04, p.D6)(www.legacy-project.org/artists/display.html?ID=5)

1954        Mar 29, Karen Anne Quinlan, famous comatose patient (right to die case), was born in NJ.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1958        Jan 1, Dr. Douglas Kelley (45), psychiatrist, committed suicide using potassium cyanide. He was one of the psychiatrist used by the US Army to interview Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg and authored the book “22 Cells in Nuremberg."
    (SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A17)

1961        Aug 3, Britain’s Parliament adopted the Suicide Act of 1961, which decriminalized suicide in the UK, but made assisting one punishable by up to 14 years in jail.
    (Econ, 6/6/09, p.55)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_Act_1961)

1961        Dec 3, In the SF Bay Area Francis Patrick Kennedy jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and landed on the ground near Lime Point in Marin County. He survived the 200-foot leap and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of pulling through. Kennedy died 10 days later.
    (SSFC, 12/4/11, DB p.46)

1967        St. Christopher's, the 1st modern hospice, was begun in West London.
    (SFC, 8/5/03, p.A18)

1970        Feb 25, Mark Rothko (b.1903), painter, committed suicide in NYC. He was born in Dvinsk, Russia, which is now Daugavpils, Latvia, and his family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1913. His work moved to abstraction in the 1940s. The execution of his will provoked a long drawn out court case. His daughter charged the executors and the owner of Rothko’s gallery with conspiracy and conflict of interest, and won. A 1998 show was accompanied by the book "Mark Rothko" by Jeffrey Weiss with contributions by John Cage, Carol-Mancusi-Ungaro, Barbara Novak, Brian O’Doherty, Mark Rosenthal and Jessica Stewart.
    (WSJ, 6/4/98, p.A16)(SFEC, 6/7/98, BR p.4)(AP, 11/11/03)(http://slate.msn.com/?id=2923)

1985        Jan 17, A jury in New Jersey ruled that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1986        Mar 15, The AMA ruled that euthanasia was ethical on coma patients.
    (HN, 3/15/98)

1986        Nov 1, In Japan seven charred bodies of women of the cult Friends of Truth were found on a beach. Their leader had recently died in a hospital.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)

1970        Nov 25, Yukio Mishima (45), Japanese author and nationalist (Hara-kiri), died. Mishima (45), a writer, invaded military headquarters in Tokyo and committed ritual suicide samurai-style. His death was an act of protest after he failed to persuade the country's Self Defense Force to stage a coup and renounce the US-imposed postwar constitution that banned Japanese aggressive military action. His books included "The Sound of Waves" and "The Temple and the Golden Pavilion." In 1998 Jiro Fukushima published a memoir that contained 15 letters from Mishima and descriptions of a sexual liaison with Mishima. A lawsuit soon halted book sales.
    (SFEC, 1/25/98, Z1 p.2)(SFC, 10/21/99, p.B7)(MC, 11/25/01)

1971        Jul 26, Diane Arbus [Nemerov] (b.1923), photographer, committed suicide in NYC. In 1984 Patricia Bosworth authored: "Diane Arbus: A Biography."
    (http://photography.about.com/library/weekly/aa110600c.htm)

1973        Nov 13, Brian Stanley Johnson (b.1933), British avant-garde novelist, died by suicide. In 2005 Jonathan Coe authored “Like a Fiery Elephant: The story of B.S. Johnson."
    (SFC, 7/7/05, p.E1)(www.geocities.com/SoHo/9145/johnson.htm)

1973        Ernest Becker authored "The Denial of Death." It reflected a cultural belief that the denial of death in the US was a pathology responsible for Western woes from materialism to militarism.
    (SSFC, 12/8/02, p.M2)

1975        Jan 6, George Price (b.1922), American scientist, exhausted his generosity by slashing his own throat with a pair of scissors. In 2010 Oren Harman authored “The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness."
    (Econ, 5/22/10, p.89)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_R._Price)

1976        Mar 31, The New Jersey Supreme Court allowed the removal of the respirator that assisted Karen Ann Quinlan, who had been comatose since Apr 15, 1975. Quinlan, who remained comatose, died in 1985.
    (SFC, 12/12/96, p.C8)(AP, 3/31/97)

1976        Apr 9, Phil Ochs (b.1940), American protest singer and musician, committed suicide.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ochs)

1977        Dec 22, Thomas Helms (26) climbed to the edge of the observation deck on the eighty-sixth floor of the Empire State Building, and jumped intending to kill himself on the streets 1000s of feet below. He only fell twenty feet before landing on a narrow ledge on the 85th floor. Helms suffered no major injuries but was knocked unconscious for half-an-hour--adequate time for an emergency crew to bring him safely inside.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1978        Nov 18, In Jonestown, Guyana, California Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four other people, investigating the Jim Jones cult, were killed by members of the Peoples Temple. Greg Robinson, a SF Examiner photographer, Don Harris, NBC correspondent, Bob Brown, NBC cameraman, and Patricia Parks, a temple defector, were shot dead. Congressional aide Jackie Speier survived 5 bullets. The killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide. 918 people died at Jonestown, including 260 children. In 1982 John Jacobs and Tim Reiterman authored "Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People." In 2010 Laura Johnston Kohl authored “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look." In 2011 survivors unveiled a memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, Ca., with the names of all the dead.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones)(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.22)(AP, 11/18/97)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A18)(SFC, 5/25/00, p.C2)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/4ync97m)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.C1)

1979        Sep 8, Jean Seberg, actress (Breathless, Airport), committed suicide at 40.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1983-2002    Bulgaria experienced an average of 7.4 self-immolations a year during this period, most of them politically motivated.
    (Econ, 3/23/13, p.60)

1987        Nov 27, A young man survived 7 attempts at suicide in Somerset, England.
    (MC, 11/27/01)

1990        Jun 4, Janet Adkins (54) of Portland, Ore., became the first person to use a suicide machine developed by Dr. Kevorkian.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)

1990        Jun 5, Authorities in Oakland County, Michigan, moved to prevent Dr. Jack Kevorkian from continuing to make available a suicide device that Janet Adkins, an Oregon woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, had used a day earlier to take her own life.
    (AP, 6/5/00)

1990        Jun 25, The US Supreme Court ruled that family members cannot end the lives of comatose relatives unless those relatives previously made their wishes known.
    (www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n2/)

1990        Jun, In Michigan Dr. Jack Kevorkian asked Janet Good (d.1997 at 73) if he could use her house for his first assisted suicide. She initially said ok but after conferring with her husband, a retired police officer, declined the request on the grounds that it might be illegal.
    (SFC, 8/27/97, p.A9)

1990        Dec 26, Nancy Cruzan, the young woman in an irreversible vegetative state whose case led to a US Supreme Court decision on the right to die, died at a Missouri hospital.
    (AP, 12/26/00)

1991        Feb 5, A Michigan court barred Dr. Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1991        May 14, Jiang Qing (77), widow of Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung, committed suicide.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1991        Nov, Michigan suspended the medical license of Dr. Kevorkian.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)

1993        Aug 17, A prosecutor in Wayne County, Mich., charged Dr. Jack Kevorkian under Michigan's ban on assisted suicide for aiding in the death of Thomas Hyde, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. A jury later acquitted Kevorkian.
    (AP, 8/17/98)

1994        May 2, Dr. Kevorkian was acquitted of violating a 1992 law against assisted suicide.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)(MC, 5/2/02)

1994        Nov 26, Margaret Garrish, a 72-year-old Detroit woman, committed suicide in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
    (AP, 11/26/99)

1994        Nov 28, Ronald "Buster" Edwards (b.1931), British Great Train Robber (1963), committed suicide by hanging in Lambeth, London.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buster_Edwards)

1994        Georgia state legislators adopted a law banning people from publicly advertising suicide.
    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)

1995        Australia's Northern Territory introduced the world's first voluntary euthanasia legislation, but it was overturned in 1997 by the federal government.
    (AP, 9/21/09)

1996        Mar 6, A federal appeals court struck down Washington state’s ban on doctor-assisted suicide.
    (AP, 3/6/01)

1996        Mar 8, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was acquitted of assisted suicide for helping two suffering patients kill themselves.
    (AP, 3/8/01)

1996        May 14, A jury in Pontiac, Mich., acquitted Dr. Jack Kevorkian of assisted-suicide charges, his third legal victory in two years. The judge dismissed murder charges in the same case.
    (AP, 5/14/97)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)

1996        May 15, US Navy Admiral Jeremy Boorda committed suicide shortly before answering questions from Newsweek Magazine about his right to wear certain combat pins. Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda, the nation's top Navy officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards were called into question.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)(AP, 5/16/97)

1996        May 16, US Navy Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda (57), the nation’s top Navy officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards were called into question.
    (AP, 5/16/01)(MC, 5/16/02)

1996        Jul 1, The world’s first voluntary suicide law was scheduled to go into effect in Australia. The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act originated in Darwin.
    (WSJ, 6/27/96, p.A18)

1996        Jul 12, Lee Guthrie Jr., a member of the Aryan Republican Army, was found dead of an apparent suicide in a county jail in Kentucky. The group advocated killing Jews, deporting African-Americans and setting up a Bible-based nation.
    (SFC, 7/13/96, p.A7)

1996        Sep 7, Isabel Correa became the 40th person known to have died in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, less than a day after police burst into a Michigan motel room, interrupting a meeting between her and Kevorkian.
    (AP, 9/7/97)

1997        Jan 8, The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow physician-assisted suicide.
    (AP, 1/8/98)

1997        Mar 15, An art show that featured 13 oil paintings by Dr. Kevorkian opened in Royal Oak, Mich. They depicted severed heads, moldering skulls and rotting corpses.
    (SFC, 3/17/97, p.A2)

1997        Mar 21, A suicide bomber killed three women in Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 3/22/97)

1997        Mar 22, In Canada five Solar Temple cult members died in an apparent mass suicide in Quebec. Devotees believed that suicide transports them to a new life in a place called Sirius.
    (WSJ, 3/24/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)

1997        Mar 24, The Australian Senate struck down the law passed by the Northern Territory’s Parliament that allowed doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. The law might be reinstated in 2000 if the territory is granted proposed statehood because under the constitution the national Parliament cannot override state laws. A growing interest soon developed in travel to Mexico to buy liquid pentobarbital (Nembutol), which causes a painless death. The Australian government later banned Philip Nitschke's book, "The Peaceful Pill Handbook" (2006) which gives tips on everything from carbon monoxide to buying pentobarbital in Mexico.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)(SFC, 1/14/98, p.C3)(Reuters, 6/3/08)

1997        Mar 26, The bodies 39 young men and women (26-72) of the Heaven’s Gate cult were found in a mansion at Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego. The techno-religious group, led by an older man named "Do," (aka Marshall Herff Applewhite), had committed mass suicide as the Hale-Bopp comet approached. They had run a business under the name WW Higher Source that engaged in WWW page development.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/97, p.A1,12)(AP, 3/25/98)

1997        Mar 28, A medical examiner revealed that some members of the Heaven's Gate cult who'd committed suicide in a California mansion had also been castrated in apparent pursuit of the group's ideal of androgynous immortality.
    (AP, 3/28/98)

1997        Apr 21, A federal court blocked Oregon’s 1994 approved law on doctor assisted suicide.
    (SFC, 4/22/97, p.A15)

1997        May 13, From Ethiopia it was reported that 6 teenage girls had committed suicide over the last 9 months in order to avoid traditional marriages to elderly cousins as old as 80.
    (SFC, 5/13/97, p.A13)

1997        Jun 26, The Supreme Court ruled that terminally ill Americans had no constitutional right to doctor-assisted suicide, but did nothing to bar states from legalizing the process.
    (SFC, 6/27/97, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/98)

1997        Jun, Dr. Kevorkian was again accused of assisted suicide. A mistrial resulted.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)

1997        Dec 3, In Norway Dr. Christian Sandsdalen was convicted for the mercy killing in Jun 1996 of Bodil Bjerkmann (45), who suffered from multiple sclerosis. He was the first Norwegian tried for mercy killing.
    (SFC, 12/4/97, p.C4)

1998        Sep 17, Dr. Kevorkian videotaped the injection death of Thomas Youk.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)

1998        Nov 22, The CBS News program "60 Minutes" showed videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian giving lethal drugs to Thomas Youk, a terminally ill patient. Kevorkian, an advocate of assisted suicide, challenged prosecutors to arrest him and later was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder.
    (AP, 11/22/99)
1998        Nov 25, In Michigan a prosecutor brought charges of first-degree murder against Dr. Jack Kevorkian  for administering a lethal injection last Sept. to a terminally ill man who wished to die.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.A1)

1998        In Switzerland Ludwig Minelli founded Dignitas, a physician assisted suicide organization for foreigners.
    (WSJ, 11/22/02, p.A1)

1998        Suicides in England reached a peak among 15-34-year-olds and by 2004 declined 31%.
    (Econ, 10/30/04, p.61)

1999        Mar 22, Acting as his own lawyer, Dr. Jack Kevorkian went on trial on murder charges for the first time, telling a jury in Pontiac, Mich., he was merely carrying out his professional duty in a videotaped assisted death shown on "60 Minutes." Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder.
    (AP, 3/22/00)

1999        Mar 26, Right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Pontiac, Mich., of second-degree murder for giving Thomas Youk, a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease, a lethal injection. His action was videotaped and broadcast on television.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/00)

1999        Apr 13, Judge Jessica Cooper sentenced Dr. Kevorkian to 10-25 years in prison. He planned to appeal the sentence which would require him to serve over 6 years before being eligible for parole.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 14, In Michigan Dr. Kevorkian said that he would begin to refuse food immediately.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A3)

1999        May 18, Georgette Smith, a Florida woman left paralyzed from the neck down after being shot by her elderly mother, won the right to be taken off life support. Smith died the next day, shortly after being taken off a ventilator; her mother, Shirley Egan, was later acquitted of attempted murder.
    (AP, 5/18/00)

1999        Jul 28, Surgeon General David Satcher declared suicide a serious national threat, saying, "People should not be afraid or ashamed to seek help."
    (AP, 7/28/00)

2000        Jul 10, Justin Pierce (25), actor, committed suicide by hanging himself in hotel room of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. His last movie, Looking for Leonard (2002), was not released until two years after his death because production had been halted due to lack of funds. His character subsequently disappeared from the film without explanation. He was born March 21, 1975 in Paddington, London, England.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0682399/)

2001        Mar 23, It was reported that 22 Guam teenagers had committed suicide over the past 26 months. Members of a secretive club called Prestigious Angels promised to kill themselves if their friends would follow.
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.D6)

2001        Apr 10, The Dutch Senate legalized euthanasia gave doctors immunity from prosecution for assisting in the deaths of terminally ill patients.
    (SFC, 4/11/01, p.C2)

2002        Feb 6, The Oregon Health Division released statistics on assisted suicides for last year. 44 people received prescriptions for lethal medication but only 21 actually took their lives.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.A3)

2002        Apr 17, US District Judge Robert Jones upheld Oregon’s assisted-suicide law and said that Attorney General John Ashcroft should not "determine the legitimacy" of medical acts.
    (SFC, 4/18/02, p.A3)

2002        May 16, In Belgium the parliament approved a euthanasia bill that would give terminally ill patients the right to die under limited conditions.
    (SFC, 5/17/02, p.A20)

2002        Jul 6, In California Bob Stern (77) left his Central Valley home and committed suicide. He had discussed his plans with family members the previous evening. In 2005 his daughter Susan Stern produced the documentary film “The Self-Made Man" for PBS TV.
    (SFC, 7/25/05, p.1)

2002        Sep 5, In Illinois Judge Harold Frobish of Livingston County ruled that prison inmates can choose to starve themselves rather than endure years of solitary confinement and that right outweighs the state’s duty to keep them alive.
    (SFC, 9/7/02, p.A4)

2003        Jan 10, An Australian euthanasia campaigner complained that customs officials seized a machine he designed to help people kill themselves as he prepared to board a flight to the United States.
    (AP, 1/10/03)

2004        Nov 11, Retired Judge Robert I.H. Hammerman (76), fearing memory loss and life in a nursing home, committed suicide in Pikesville, Md.
    (SFC, 11/13/04, p.A2)

2004        Nov 26, In NYC a man jumped to his death from the 86th-floor observation deck at the Empire State Building.
    (AP, 11/27/04)

2005        Dec 20, In Australia Rebekah Lawrence (34) committed suicide in Sydney. In 2009 a coroner said that participation in an intense self-help course led a woman to suffer a psychotic breakdown before she stripped naked and leaped to her death from an office window in front of horrified co-workers. Her death came two days after she completed The Turning Point, a four-day seminar run by the Sydney self-development company People Knowhow.
    (AP, 12/8/09)

2006        Mar 29, In San Francisco Linda Woo was found inside a car in her garage with her 2 unconscious children. Her daughter 3 died in the attempted suicide. Her 4-year old son suffered brain injuries. In 2009 Woo was sentenced 25 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 11/26/09, p.C2)

2006        May 11, The US FDA approved the drug Chantix. It was developed by Pfizer to help smokers kick their habit. By mid-2009 the FDA had received reports of almost 100 suicides related to its use. Clinical trials had failed to test the product on people with mental illness.
    (http://tinyurl.com/273o47o)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A10)

2006        Oct 17, Megan Meier (b.1992) of Missouri committed suicide following a series of cruel messages on the MySpace online social network. In 2008 Lori drew (49) of Missouri was indicted for perpetrating an online hoax, which led to Meier’s suicide. Drew was convicted on Nov 26 of only three minor offenses for her role in the Internet hoax. The federal jury could not reach a verdict on the main charge against 49-year-old Lori Drew, conspiracy, and rejected three other felony counts of accessing computers without authorization to inflict emotional harm. A final decision on the verdicts was still pending in 2009.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Meier_suicide_controversy)(SFC, 5/16/08, p.A4)(AP, 11/27/08)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.232)

2008        Jun 28, Ruslana Korshunova (20), a European Vogue cover model, fell to her death from her Manhattan apartment building in an apparent suicide. She was originally from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
    (AP, 6/29/08)

2008        Jun 29, In Germany Bettina Schardt (79) committed suicide using a formula of antimalarial drugs tranquilizers provided by Dr. Roger Kusch. She did not want to move into a nursing home and asked Mr. Kusch for a way out.
    (www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/world/europe/03germany.html)

2008        Nov 12, A Sidney court sentenced an Australian woman to 22 months periodic detention for assisting in the suicide of her longtime partner, an Alzheimer's sufferer who had been rejected for a legal euthanasia in Switzerland.
    (AP, 11/12/08)

2008        Nov 19, In Miami, Florida, police arrived to find Abraham Biggs (19) dead in his father's bed 12 hours after the Broward College student first declared on a Web site that he hated himself and planned to die. It was only then that the Web feed stopped. Some users told investigators they did not take him seriously because he had threatened suicide on the site before.
    (AP, 11/22/08)

2008        Nov 21, Mario Ferreyra (63), an ex-Argentine police commander, committed suicide in front of rolling television cameras as he was about to be arrested for alleged human rights violations during the country's dictatorship.
    (AP, 11/22/08)

2008        Dec 2, In Switzerland Alex Widmer (52), head of private banking at Julius Baer Holding AG, committed suicide.
    (www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/05/europe/baer.php)(WSJ, 2/2/09, p.C4)

2008        Dec 3, Lynn Gilderdale (31), who suffered from myalgic encephalomyelitis (aka chronic fatigue syndrome), died in East Sussex with the assistance of her mother, Kay Gilderdale. In 2010 a British jury cleared the mother of murder charges.
    (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article5309918.ece)(SSFC, 1/31/10, p.A4)

2008        Dec 6, A Montana state judge ruled that doctor assisted suicides are legal in the state.
    (SSFC, 12/7/08, p.A4)

2008        Dec 10, British television broadcast a documentary of the assisted suicide of Craig Ewert (d.2006 at 59), a terminally ill American, as he died in Switzerland. The documentary, “Right to Die?," was made by Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky.
    (SFC, 12/11/08, p.A2)

2008        In Europe an upward trend in suicides began as the euro zone entered a recession. The term “economic suicides" was soon adopted by media outlets to describe the rise.
    (SFC, 8/15/12, p.A2)

2009        Feb 9, In northern Italy Eluana Englaro (38) died at her clinic as the Italian Senate discussed legislation clarifying the right to die. Englaro had been in a vegetative state since a 1992 car accident and died after her family cut off her food and water.
    (AP, 2/10/09)

2009        Feb 10, In England William Foxton (65), died from a single bullet wound to the head in the southern port city of Southampton. He killed himself after losing his life savings in an alleged $50 billion fraud run by Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff. Foxton had served in the British Army and more recently worked as a defense contractor in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/14/09)

2009        Feb 20, Tamil Tiger rebel pilots on a kamikaze mission crashed their planes in the Sri Lankan capital, killing two people.
    (AP, 2/21/09)

2009        Feb 27, Two members of the Final Exit Network appeared in a Maryland court and waived an extradition hearing on charges they aided the suicide of a 58-year-old Georgia man who suffered for years from cancer of the throat and mouth.
    (AP, 2/27/09)

2009        Apr 12, In Puerto Rico Army Spc. Nokware Rosado Munoz (28) had been arguing with his pregnant wife about his upcoming redeployment to Iraq before hanging himself.
    (AP, 4/13/09)

2010        Apr, In Switzerland a police probe began after muddy, encrusted urns filled with human ashes were discovered accidentally by divers near Zurich's extravagantly wealthy "Gold Coast" only 5 miles (8 km) from the city center. Speculation connected the urns to Dignitas, a Swiss group that has helped hundreds of people, including Americans, Britons, Germans and Frenchmen, take their lives in recent years. A probe against Dignitas founder Ludwig A. Minelli in connection with the urns was dropped July 28.
    (AP, 4/28/10)(AP, 8/4/10)

2009        May 21, Linda Fleming (66), a woman with late-stage pancreatic cancer, became the first person to kill herself under Washington state's new assisted suicide law, known as "death with dignity."
    (AP, 5/23/09)

2009        May 23, Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun (62) jumped to his death while hiking in the mountains behind his rural home. His hard-won reputation as a corruption fighter was tarnished by bribery allegations that drew in his family and closest associates.
    (AP, 5/23/09)

2009        Jun 15, In Indiana the bodies of Dr. Philip Gabriele (44), an eye surgeon, and his wife, Marcella (43), were found at his clinic in Elkhart. Suicide was suspected as they were scheduled to surrender to authorities on charges of performing unnecessary surgeries on patients and bilking money from health insurers.
    (SFC, 6/16/09, p.A4)

2009        Jul 10, In Switzerland British conductor Edward Downes (b.1924) died with his wife Joan (74) at an assisted suicide clinic. He was a longtime stalwart at the Royal Opera and maestro of the first-ever performance at Sydney's iconic Opera House.
    (AP, 7/14/09)

2009        Jul 16, Jeffrey Locker (52), a debt-ridden motivational speaker, was found strangled and stabbed in his car in East Harlem, hours after he was seen buying condoms. In 2011 jurors found Kenneth Minor guilty of helping Locker commit suicide.
    (SFC, 3/4/11, p.A10)

2009        Jul 25, In Britain a new poll was released showing solid support for the right to die. The Royal College of Nursing said it was adopting a neutral stance on the issue after its research showed nurses were divided. The British Medical Association remained opposed.
    (AP, 7/25/09)

2009        Aug 14, An Australian judge ruled that Christian Rossiter (49), a quadriplegic man who says he cannot "undertake any basic human functions," has the right to direct a nursing home to stop feeding him and allow him to die.
    (AP, 8/14/09)(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A2)

2009        Sep 12, William E. Sparkman (51), a US census worker, was found bound with duct tape and a rope around his neck near a cemetery in Clay County in a remote patch of Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest. The word "fed" was scrawled on his chest. The area where Sparkman was found has a history of problems with prescription drug and methamphetamine trading. State police later said evidence at the death scene indicated that it was staged as a murder and that Sparkman had committed suicide.
    (AP, 9/24/09)(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A4)

2009        Sep 14, France Telecom SA summoned all 20,000 of its managers to a conference call in an effort to respond to a string of 23 employee suicides that unions blame partly on layoffs and restructuring at the telecommunications giant.
    (AP, 9/14/09)

2009        Sep 21, Christian Rossiter (49) an Australian quadriplegic died, ending an existence he had described as a "living hell." On Aug 14 he had won a landmark legal battle to starve himself to death by refusing food.
    (AP, 9/21/09)

2009        Sep 23, England's top prosecutor unveiled new guidelines that could decriminalize many forms of assisted suicide, saying that most people who help close friends or family kill themselves aren't likely to face charges.
    (AP, 9/23/09)

2009        Nov 19, In France South Korean model Daul Kim (20), a fashion week regular in New York, Milan and Paris, was been found hanged in her Paris apartment.
    (AP, 11/20/09)

2009        More than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide, a seven percent rise on the previous year, according to new government figures released in 2011.
    (AP, 1/17/11)

2010        Feb 11, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (40) was found dead at his London home. McQueen received recognition from Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, when she made him a Commander of the British Empire for his fashion leadership. A Feb 17 coroner’s report gave the cause of the fashion designer's death as asphyxiation and hanging.
    (AP, 2/11/10)(AP, 2/17/10)

2010        Feb 25, Prosecutors in England and Wales received fresh guidelines on assisted suicide that reduce the likelihood of people facing criminal charges for helping ailing loved ones to die.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)

2010        Apr, In Switzerland a police probe began after muddy, encrusted urns filled with human ashes were discovered accidentally by divers near Zurich's extravagantly wealthy "Gold Coast" only 5 miles (8 km) from the city center. Speculation connected the urns to Dignitas, a Swiss group that has helped hundreds of people, including Americans, Britons, Germans and Frenchmen, take their lives in recent years.
    (AP, 4/28/10)

2010        May 12, In South Korea there were two separate cases of suspected group suicide. 4 women and one man — all in their 20s and 30s — were found dead inside a parked car in Hwaseong. 2 of the five left suicide notes. 3 men were found dead hours later in Chuncheon, about 85 km (50 miles) east of Seoul.
    (AP, 5/12/10)

2010        May 26, In Hong Kong a 10th employee of iPhone-maker Foxconn jumped to his death, just hours after the company's chairman promised to make life better for employees at the sprawling production site in southern China.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)

2010        Jun 8, China's Xinhua news agency said iPhone maker Foxconn International Holdings will no longer pay compensation to families of employees who kill themselves to discourage further suicides.
    (Reuters, 6/8/10)

2010        Jun 24, Germany's Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that an assisted suicide can not be punished if it is carried out based on a patient's prior request.
    (AP, 6/25/10)

2010        Sep 19, Deputies searched a wide swath of Southern California for a break-off religious sect of 13 people that included children as young as three and left behind letters indicating they were awaiting an apocalyptic event and would soon see Jesus and their dead relatives in heaven. The group of El Salvadoran immigrants, described as "cult-like" by sheriff's officials, was led by Reyna Marisol Chicas, a 32-year-old woman from Palmdale.
    (AP, 9/19/10)

2010        Sep 19, In southwestern Germany a female attorney (41) went on a shooting spree in Loerrach killing her 5-year-old son, her estranged husband and a male nurse before killing herself in an exchange of fire with police.
    (AP, 9/20/10)

2010        Sep 22, Rutgers Univ. freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. On Sep 19 his roommate and another student had used a webcam to view Clementi having sex with another man. Roommate Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were soon charged with invasion of privacy. On April 20, 2011, Ravi was charged with a hate crime and accused of deleting tweets and texts to cover his tracks. On May 21, 2012, Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 3 years probation. Ravi was also ordered to get counseling and to pay $10,000 toward a program to help victims of bias crimes.
    (SFC, 4/21/11, p.A9)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A8)(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A6)
2010        Sep 22, In NYC Cesar Mercado (34), who had worked at the Nicaraguan consulate as acting consul general, was found dead in his apartment in the Bronx by the driver who went to pick him up to attend the meeting. On Oct 29 a medical examiner’s report said he had  committed suicide.
    (AP, 9/24/10)(AP, 10/29/10)

2010        Nov 15, In South Korea a 15-year-old boy committed suicide after killing his mother in a fight over Internet games.
    (AP, 11/16/10)

2010        Dec 22, In Tunisia a 24-year-old jobless protester was electrocuted after announcing he wanted to end his life and mounting a high-voltage electricity pole in the town of Sidi Bouzid. Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters after simmering tensions linked to unemployment erupted after the demonstrator committed suicide.
    (AP, 12/23/10)

2010        In India over 200 poor, debt-ridden residents of Andhra Pradesh killed themselves late this year following over indebtedness to microfinance companies.
    (SFC, 2/25/12, p.A4)

2011        Jan 4, Alireza Pahlavi (44), the former shah of Iran's youngest son, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Boston. He was the second of the four children of the late Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi and former Empress Farah Pahlavi to die in exile. His sister Leila was found dead of a drug overdose in 2001.
    (AP, 1/5/11)

2011        Jan 24, In Argentina a woman (30) threw herself from the 23rd story of a Buenos Aires hotel Monday and survived after landing on the roof of a taxi.
    (AP, 1/25/11)

2011        Jan 24, A Sudanese man, Al-Amin Musa Al-Amin (25), who was hospitalized on Jan 21 after setting himself on fire in a suburb of Khartoum, died from his wounds.
    (AFP, 1/25/11)

2011        Jan 27, In northwest India police said an American man, Jeff Canabel (72), has died after setting himself on fire in an abandoned Buddhist center in Rajasthan state, leaving a cryptic suicide note that blamed his death on "cruel incidents" in his homeland and India.
    (AP, 1/27/11)

2011        Feb 8, In the Philippines retired Gen. Angelo Reyes (65) apparently committed suicide at his mother's grave. Reyes, who headed the military from 2001 to 2003, was at the center of a congressional probe into one of the biggest corruption scandals to have hit the Philippine armed forces.
    (AP, 2/8/11)

2011        Mar 7, India's Supreme Court ruled that in rare cases a terminally ill patient can be removed from life support, a major shift in a country where such acts have long been illegal. It rejected, however, a plea to end the life of a woman who was brain damaged more than 30 years ago.
    (AP, 3/7/11)

2011        Mar 15, Minnesota nurse William Melchert-Dinkel (b.1962) was convicted of two counts of encouraging suicide while he watched voyeuristically on a webcam. A judge found that he had intentionally advised two people to take their own lives. In 2014 the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down a section of the state’s assisted suicide law that makes it a crime to encourage someone to commit suicide. It remained a crime to assist in someone’s suicide.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Francis_Melchert-Dinkel)(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)

2011        Mar 17, In southern California Huy Pham (29) jumped off roof of City Hall in Costa Mesa at 3:20 pm and was pronounced dead at the scene. The maintenance worker jumped to his death an hour after he was called in to get his layoff notice. He was on a list of more than 200 people, nearly half of the city's workforce, targeted for layoffs in a drastic move to plug a $15 million budget hole.
    (AP, 3/18/11)

2011        Mar 19, In Mexico Arturo Jose Iniguez (26), a Texas Cameron County Assistant District Attorney, was found dead in Matamoros. Autopsy results later showed he had killed himself by ingesting poison.
    (Reuters, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 17, Phuntsog (20), a Tibetan monk at the Kirti monastery in China’s Sichuan province, died one day after he set himself on fire in an anti-government protest. He was beaten and kicked by police, prompting hundreds of monks and others to rally.
    (SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/4nsxj9p)(AFP, 4/13/11)

2011        Apr 7, In South Korea a mathematics student (19) at a prestigious engineering college jumped to his death from a high-rise apartment one day after meeting the school psychiatrist. He was distressed over low grades. Three other students have killed themselves since January at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
    (AP, 4/15/11)

2011        Apr 16, In Oak Harbor, Ohio, deputies found the bodies of Alan Atwater (31), his wife Dawn (30), and their 3 children, ages 1-4, all dead with gunshot wounds. Atwater had just called 911 to say he had killed his wife and 3 children and was getting ready to kill himself.
    (SFC, 4/16/11, p.A10)

2011        May 18, An Afghan detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison died in an apparent suicide. The prisoner, known only by the name Inayatullah, had been held without charge at Guantanamo since September 2007. The military said he was an admitted planner for al Qaida terrorist operations, and acknowledged facilitating the movement of foreign fighters. Inayatullah had twice before tried to kill himself at the US base and had a long-term mental illness that predated his time in custody.
    (AP, 5/18/11)(AP, 5/19/11)

2011        Jun 2, South Korea police found the bodies of two men and two women in their 20s in a parked van in Seongju, about 190 miles (300 km) southeast of Seoul. A suicide note was found.
    (AP, 6/2/11)

2011        Jun 3, Jack Kevorkian (83), crusader for legalizing physician-assisted suicide, died at a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
    (SFC, 6/4/11, p.A5)

2011        Oct 28, India’s government said the rate of suicides in the country is increasing and that more than 15 people kill themselves every hour.
    (SFC, 10/29/11, p.A2)

2011        Nov 12, In South Africa renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck (55) was about to be detained over the alleged sexual assault of a Zimbabwean man when he plunged to his death.
    (AFP, 11/14/11)

2012        Jan 8, In China a monk named Sopa (42) died after drinking kerosene and throwing it over his body. His body exploded in pieces before police took it away in Dari county in Qinghai province. Xinhua News Agency identified the dead monk as Nyage Sonamdrugyu. The reason for the discrepancy in identification was not known.
    (AP, 1/9/12)

2012        Jan 11, A local official in the Tunisian city of Sfax said a middle-aged woman has died after setting herself on fire, the fourth Tunisian case of self-immolation in the last week. The woman reportedly had a history of mental illness.
    (AP, 1/11/12)

2012        Jan 14, In southwest China a Tibetan set himself on fire and police fired on hundreds of locals, possibly killing one, as they attempted to rescue the burned body from officials near the restive Kirti monastery in Sichuan province's Aba county. This was the 16th self-immolation attempt in Tibetan areas inside a year and the fourth in nine days
    (AFP, 1/14/12)

2012        Jan 27, A paralyzed British man who wants to die won the first round in his legal battle, when the High Court ruled his lawyers won't be prosecuted if they seek out experts to help him commit suicide.
    (AP, 1/27/12)

2012        Feb 11, In China Tenzin Choedron (Choedon), an 18-year-old nun, set herself on fire in Sichuan province and later died, the latest in a spate of such incidents among ethnic Tibetans protesting Beijing's rule.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)

2012        Feb 6, Georgia’s top court struck down a state law that restricted assisted suicides.
    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)

2012        Feb 21, The Times of India said Tsutomi Omori (49), managing director of Olympus Medical Systems in India, was found hanging from iron railings within his luxury apartment complex in Delhi's satellite city of Gurgaon. Police said Omori appeared to have committed suicide late on Feb 19.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)

2012        Mar 3, In northwestern China a Tibetan teenager died after setting herself on fire. The girl, said to be aged between 16 and 19 years old, set herself alight at a vegetable market in Maqu county in Gansu province.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)

2012        Mar 4, In China a widowed mother of four died after setting herself on fire near the restive Kirti monastery in Aba county in Sichuan province, taking to at least 25 the number of such incidents in Tibetan-inhabited areas in the past year.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)

2012        Mar 10, In southwest China a Tibetan teenager set himself on fire and died on the sensitive anniversary of the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in 1959. The 18-year-old monk was from the restive Kirti Monastery and self-immolated in Aba town in Sichuan province.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)

2012        Mar 15, In Morocco a minister in the Islamist government called for a change to a law allowing a rapist to marry his victim after a teenager forced into such a union committed suicide. Amina al-Filali (16) drank rat poison last week in Larache, near Tangiers in the north, after being forced to marry the man who raped her.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)

2012        Mar 17, In China Tibetan farmer Sonam Thargyal (44) fastened cotton padding to his body and doused himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire in Tongren, a monastery town in western China's Qinghai province. He had been close friends with a monk who survived a self-immolation attempt on March 14, also in Tongren. The monk, Jamyang Palden, was believed to be alive but critically injured.
    (AP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Taiwan Lin Mei-heng (31) posted messages on Facebook saying she wanted to take her life after growing suspicious that her boyfriend was having an affair. 9 of her friends attempted to dissuade her from taking her life, but none alerted the police. She was found dead the following day by her boyfriend at her flat in a suburb of Taipei.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)

2012        Mar 24, In Pakistan Kamran Khan (13), who was top of his class four years running in the northwestern town of Shabqadar, doused himself in kerosene after an argument with his mother over a new uniform. He suffered more than 50% burns and died five days later.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)

2012        Mar 27, Swiss authorities said five out of every 1,000 deaths in Switzerland now involve assisted suicide, with women more likely to die this way than men.
    (AP, 3/27/12)

2012        Mar 29, In Pennsylvania the bodies of Charles (81) and Adrienne Snelling (81) were found in their home in Trexlertown. Charles killed his wife and himself. He had written in the NY Times last December about his love for his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife.
    (SFC, 3/31/12, p.A5)

2012        Apr 4, A Greek retiree (77) shot himself dead on central Syntagma Square in Athens during morning rush hour, leaving a note police said linked his suicide with the country's acute financial woes. Greece has seen an increase in suicides over the past two years of economic hardship.
    (AP, 4/4/12)

2013        Apr 7, In Halifax, Canada, Rehtaeh Parsons (17) died after being removed from life support following a suicide attempt by hanging on April 4. She had killed herself after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in Nov, 2011, circulated online. In August one man (18) was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and the second man (18) was charged with making child pornography and distributing it.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Rehtaeh_Parsons)(AP, 8/9/13)

2012        May 9, Argentina's senate overwhelmingly approved a "dignified death" law giving terminally ill patients and their families more power to make end-of-life decisions. The law passed by a vote of 55 to zero, with 17 senators declaring themselves absent. It passed the lower house last year.
    (AP, 5/10/12)

2012        May 15, In Florida Tonya Thomas (33) fatally shot her four children, ages 12-17, and then killed herself in Port St. John.
    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.A6)

2012        Jun 8,  Pentagon statistics showed that 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the US forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 percent more.
    (AP, 6/8/12)

2012        Jun 15, A British Columbia Supreme Court justice ruled that federal laws banning assisted suicide are unconstitutional because they discriminate against severely ill patients.
    (SFC, 7/14/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/6v2hh3l)

2012        Jun 28, In Arizona Michael Martin (53) collapsed and died in court after a jury convicted him of burning down his $3.5 million mansion. An autopsy report found that he had committed suicide by taking cyanide.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A10)(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A6)

2012        Aug 16, British High Court judges dismissed a legal plea by Tony Nicklinson (58) for the right to die, unanimously ruling that it would be wrong to depart from a precedent that equates voluntary euthanasia with murder. Nicklinson had locked-in syndrome after suffering a stroke on a business trip to Athens in 2005. He died at his home in Melksham on Aug 22 after contracting pneumonia.
    (AFP, 8/22/12)

2012        Aug 31, In New Jersey ex-Marine Terence Tyler (23) opened fire with a hand gun and an assault rifle at a supermarket in Old Bridge Township and killed 2 co-workers before killing himself.
    (SFC, 9/1/12, p.A1)

2012        Sep 2, In Gaza Ehab Abu al-Nada (17) died four days after setting himself alight in desperation over financial problems.
    (AFP, 9/3/12)

2012        Oct 10, In Canada Amanda Michelle Todd (b.1996) committed suicide at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted. A stranger had convinced Todd to bare her breasts on camera. The individual later blackmailed her with threats to expose the topless photo to her friends unless she gave a "show". On April 17 Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Amanda_Todd)(AP, 4/18/14)

2012        Dec 14, In Belgium twin 45-year-old men, whose names were not been made public, were legally put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette. They were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again.
    (abcNews, 1/14/13)

2013        Jan 23, A new report said irresponsible lending and intimidating debt collectors are pushing thousands of people in Britain into depression and suicide. Separate data showed more people are taking their own lives.
    (Reuters, 1/23/13)

2013        Mar 18, In Florida college student James Oliver Seevakumaran (30) put a bullet in his head as police closed in. He had two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives. He had pulled a dorm fire alarm in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them.
    (AP, 3/18/13)

2013        Mar 20, A Bulgarian man, Plamen Goranov (36), set himself on fire to protest poverty in his country, becoming the 6th to do so in a month.
    (SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)(Econ, 3/23/13, p.60)

2013        Apr 29, Ireland's Supreme Court ruled that a paralyzed Irish woman, who wants to die, cannot legally commit suicide with her partner's help. Judges said lawmakers could pass such a law to permit Marie Fleming (59) to die at a time of her choosing, but no such statute existed yet.
    (AP, 4/29/13)

2013        May 4, Belgian biochemist Christian de Duve (95), Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine (1974), died in an act of euthanasia.
    (AP, 5/6/13)

2013        May 14, The European Court of Human Rights found that Swiss laws on passive assisted suicide are unclear and need revising to clarify when people are entitled to a medical prescription for a lethal dose of drugs.
    (AP, 5/14/13)

2013        May 16, In France, a dozen students and a teacher saw a man kill himself with a shot in the head at a private Catholic school. People expressed surprise that the man gained access to the private La Rochefoucauld school, in the heart of Paris' 7th district.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 22, In South Korea a suicidal man, jumping to his death  from the 11th floor of an apartment building, killed a 5-year-old girl by falling on her as she walked with her parents outside the building in Busan.
    (AP, 5/23/13)

2013        Sep 9, In Florida Rebecca Ann Sedwick (12) jumped to her death at a former cement business in Lakeland. Investigators said she was despondent after others posted hate messages to her online. On Oct 15 police said two girls of Crystal Lake Middle School, ages 12 and 14, have been arrested for bullying Sedwick.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A8)(SFC, 10/16/12, p.A12)

2013        Sep 24, In the Netherlands the commission that vets cases of euthanasia said cases rose by 13% in 2012 from 2011, the sixth consecutive year of increases. 4,188 cases were recorded in 2012.
    (AP, 9/24/13)

2014        Jan 1, In South Korea a man, calling for the president’s resignation, died after setting himself on fire.
    (Econ, 1/25/14, p.32)

2014        Jan 8, In Belgium Emiel Pauwels (95), a European masters athletics champion, committed euthanasia because he suffered from cancer. Pauwels held the over-90 60 meters European title he won last year.
    (AP, 1/8/14)

2014        Jan 13, New Mexico Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ruled that the ability of competent, terminally ill patients to choose aid in dying is a fundamental right under the state constitution.
    (SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)

2014        Jan 17, In Romania a British diplomat (46) plummeted from the highest floor of a hotel in the northern city of Baia Mare after leaving a farewell note.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)

2014        Feb 10, In the Netherlands former health minister Els Borst (81), a woman who drafted the nation's landmark 2002 law permitting euthanasia, was found dead in her garage. Police ruled out natural causes.
    (AP, 2/11/14)

2014        Feb 13, In Belgium lawmakers voted to extend a decade-old law allowing euthanasia for adults after months of often heated public debate. The draft bill before Belgium's House of Representatives lifts all age restrictions on the right of the incurably sick to end their lives.
    (AFP, 2/13/14)

2014        Mar 13, US border agent Esteban Manzanares (32) committed suicide. He was accused of kidnapping and assaulting an immigrant woman, her daughter and another girl a day earlier in Mission, Texas.
    (SFC, 3/15/14, p.A10)(AP, 3/17/14)

2014        Mar 17, In London fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, died of an apparent suicide. Her LS Fashion Ltd. company was heavily in debt at the time it filed its most recent accounts.
    (AP, 3/18/14)

2014        Mar 19, In India Maharashtra government spokesman Satish Lalit said authorities have confirmed 7 farmer suicides since Feb. 24. But Kishor Tiwari, president of pro-farmer group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, put the toll much higher, at 32. The suicides followed freak hailstorms and heavy unseasonal rains destroyed crops across much of a western state.
    (AP, 3/19/14)

2014        Apr 17, In South Korea Kang Min-gyu (52), the vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized a day earlier, committed suicide
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)

2014        May 13, In Sweden Malik Bendjelloul (36), the director of the acclaimed "Searching for Sugar Man" documentary, committed suicide following bouts of depression.
    (AP, 5/14/14)

2014        May 18, In China Liu Zhanbin, the chief executive of Sanjing Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., jumped to his death. He was under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.
    (AP, 5/19/14)

2014        Jun 25, Britain's Supreme Court said an assisted-suicide ban is incompatible with human rights, but it dismissed the appeal from two severely disabled men who argued the law should be changed to allow doctors to legally kill them.
    (AP, 6/25/14)

2014        Aug 6, In Switzerland a man arrested a day earlier, for suspected involvement in the theft and leaking of a medical file on injured ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, was found hanged in his cell.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)

2014        Sep 15, In Belgium Frank Van Den Bleeken, convicted of murder and rape and imprisoned for almost three decades, was granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable.
    (AP, 9/16/14)

2014        Sep 18, In eastern China an official hanged himself after being sacked following a corruption probe into his presence at an extravagant banquet. Lou Xuequan (50) had been Communist Party chief of a district in Nanjing city.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)

2014        Oct 12, It was reported that Brittany Maynard (29), a newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, has tentatively selected Nov 1 as her date of death in Oregon. The former California teacher moved to Oregon after learning that California was not among the five US states that allowed access to a lethal drug for terminal illness. Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington states also allowed access to the lethal drug.
    (SFC, 10/13/14, p.A1)

2014        Oct 24, In Washington state freshman Jaylen Fryberg (14) of Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle shot five people, killing one girl and critically wounding two other girls and two boys, both of whom were his cousins. A cafeteria worker tried to stop him, at which point he shot and killed himself.
    (SFC, 10/25/14, p.A5)

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