Seemingly despondent over the 2012 death of his wife Emily Squires and declining health, Leonard Belzer jumped to his death today from the roof of his Upper West Side apartment building. He was 73. Essentially that's young old age.
His father had committed suicide in 1968. Both he and his brother actor Richard Belzer have been open about their horrific childhood. Here is the coverage in the New York Post.
Lots of aging men lose stimulating spouses, run into bad health and are haunted by Dickensian childhoods. Yet, very few of them commit suicide.
Also, more and more lawyers are losing their good jobs. Many, of course, lose big trials. Yet relatively few of them commit suicide.
As we observe those who choose to take their own life and who decide to forge on, it seems obvious that there might be a "suicide gene."
That could trigger the active form of suicide such as a leap off a building, gun shot to the head, hanging, jumping in front of a train or drugs.
In addition, there's the passive kind. The person stops taking blood pressure medication, drives drunk, ignore signs of cancer, instigates altercations, participates in sex with shady folks and enjoys recreational drugs way too much and too often.
Is there any way to outsmart the suicide gene? Lawyers who assume they have that genetic legacy should leverage their best research on this. They could wind up living a long life and dying a natural death.