By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer
Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
~ English Poet John Donne
The suicides this month of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade were surprising to say the least, but compared to my experiences with one’s taking of one’s own life, were not personally saddening.
I’ve painfully lost six friends and family members to suicide:
John Zell — high school classmate and medical student
David Sanchez — fellow member of high school wrestling team
Dr. Richard Hunter– my teen years doctor
Sam Ishmael — friend and Casa Grande attorney
Granddaughter — attempted
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