06:51 PM EDT 10/29/2014
Originally posted 02/04/2014 10:00AM
Michael Morones, 11, loves My Little Pony. This passion reportedly sparked relentless bullying from his classmates in Raleigh, N.C., and eventually led the boy to attempt suicide.
Originally posted 12/20/2013 03:15PM
Ned Vizzini, a popular young adult author and television writer who wrote candidly and humorously about his struggles with depression, has committed suicide.
His brother, Daniel Vizzini, says Ned Vizzini jumped off the roof of his parents' home in Brooklyn on Thursday. New York City's medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that Vizzini took his own life.
The author, whose autobiographical novel It's Kind of a Funny Story was adapted into a feature film of the same name, was 32.
Published in 2006, the book tells of a high school student who ends up in a mental hospital. In recent years, Vizzini was collaborating with filmmaker Chris Columbus on a series of young adult novels. He also was working on the NBC series Believe, a project co-created by J.J. Abrams.
Originally posted 11/13/2013 04:00PM
If you thought social media served no greater purpose than to waste time at work or locate old pals, think again. One Facebook status ended up saving a New Jersey teen's life this week.
According to the New York Daily News, an unidentified 18-year-old posted a picture of New York City's George Washington Bridge along with the words "I'm thinking of jumping" on Tuesday. A friend of the New Jersey college student immediately noticed the troubling status and expressed his concern to authorities.
Originally posted 10/21/2013 02:00PM
The stepmother of a 14-year-old, who is accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide, was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.
During a news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the arrest of 30-year-old Vivian Vosburg on two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect is a shocking chapter in a months-long tragic story in Central Florida.
Judd said Vosburg is the stepmother of one of two girls charged with felony aggravated stalking earlier in the week. Officials say the girls, 14 and 12, bullied and harassed 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick before she climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death Sept. 9.
Originally posted 10/13/2013 05:00PM
Prior to MasterChef finalist Josh Marks's suicide on Friday, his family says he'd been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
"He couldn't bear the thought of another diagnosis," Marks's mother, Paulette Mitchell, told the Chicago Tribune. "He was just coming to accept the diagnosis of bipolar."
After picking Marks up from a Mercy Hospital and Medical Center treatment program on Thursday, Mitchell says she noticed her son was visibly upset and stayed with him that night. She spent most of Friday with him until she left to pick her daughter up from school. Hours later, she received a call from her brother that Marks was walking in an alley with a gun.
Originally posted 10/12/2013 12:30PM
MasterChef finalist Josh Marks was pronounced dead Friday night in a suicide.
Chicago police confirm to PEOPLE that the 26-year-old's body was found at 6:37 p.m. in the city's South Side.
"Joshua Marks suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide," the Chicago Medical Examiner's office confirms to PEOPLE.
Originally posted 09/11/2013 07:00PM
Gia Allemand's mom Donna Micheletti doesn't fault her daughter's boyfriend for leading to her shocking suicide last month.
Immediately following the tragic death of the former Bachelor contestant, 29, fingers were pointed at NBA player Ryan Anderson, who apparently told the reality starlet he didn't love her anymore.
Micheletti says such wasn't the case, and in fact, it is her daughter's dad Eugene Allemand who is to blame.
Originally posted 09/08/2013 08:00PM
Donna Micheletti's voice choked with tears as she told Dr. Phil McGraw about her daughter Gia Allemand's final moments as she tried to commit suicide on Aug. 12.
In the heartbreaking interview set to air on Dr. Phil on Tuesday, Micheletti revealed she was on the phone with her daughter, 29, as she hanged herself in her New Orleans apartment.
Micheletti believes that the Bachelor star called her because "I'm the closest person in the world to her and she didn't want to be alone when she left this world. So she wanted Mommy to be there, I guess."
Originally posted 08/21/2013 06:30PM
Hours before she hanged herself Aug. 12 with a vacuum cleaner cord, Gia Allemand argued with boyfriend Ryan Anderson over her suspicions he'd been unfaithful, according to a police report.
As Anderson dropped Allemand off at her New Orleans apartment, she told him that she still loved him; he replied, "I don't love you anymore," according to Anderson's statement to police.
Two hours later, Anderson – summoned to Allemand's apartment by her concerned mother – found Allemand hanging, according to the police report obtained by E! and TMZ.
Originally posted 08/19/2013 02:10PM
Lee Thompson Young, who starred as the lead in Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson, has died in a suicide. He was 29.
Los Angeles Police Department confirms to PEOPLE that officers responded to an early morning call and found the actor dead in his apartment.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," Young’s longtime manager, Jonathan Baruch, said in a statement released to PEOPLE.
"Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time."
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