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Auntie Em? [Mar. 21st, 2005|11:37 am]
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A Hollywood Suicide.

Clara Blandick - actress (Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz)
1962 --- sleeping pills, with a plastic bag tied over her head. She was 81-years-old and suffering from crippling arthritis.

From: etherealprimate
2005-03-21 12:20 pm (UTC)
95% of suicides are depression related. I know you mentioned the crippling arthritis, but I'm still curious if anything else was going on inside her head. I suppose depression is just a word and constant would make you miserable, but I'm still convinced that people are never (I know I shouldn't say never like this, but I am anyways) themselves when they commit suicide, and that it is always a tragedy.

I also fear posting news of suicides (their is a reason you don't read about them in the newspaper) because you often get copy cats. When news of a suicide is posted in the newspaper, there is usually a boom of reported suicides afterwards. The rationale is that once someone reads about a suicide and sees that someone else could go through with it, then this will make them more likely to go through with it too.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-03-21 09:33 pm (UTC)
I don't think this was a suicide, suicide. She just wanted to end her physical pain which is quite a different thing all together. I don't think that writing about a suicide from a dying actress is going to make any of you take pills and put a bag around your head.

That is strange though about the higher rate.

People post about suicide all the time on livejournal.. if that was the case I don't think there'd be any members left.
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From: m_buggie
2005-03-22 11:27 am (UTC)
Suicide is a tricky thing with lots of different reasons.
In my experience, I've found that about half of the people who talk about suicide would never actually kill themselves. They're just attracted to the idea of it and the escape it offers in their eyes.
Generally speaking, those who commit suicide don't talk about it, they just up and do it one day. Which is tragic.
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