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Death and Denial

March 25, 2001

In publishing Matthew Heller's excellent article on the tragic death of Herbalife founder Mark Hughes ("Death and Denial at Herbalife," Feb. 18), the public has received a valuable education about denial and chemical addiction. Yet how astonishing to learn that those around Hughes shared his denial. If his pseudo-clean image had been appropriately confronted by compassionate peers, there might never have been a need for the story. With support he might have reached accurate assessment and treatment for presumptive alcohol/drug abuse or dependency. Instead, the conspiracy of silence by design secured a false edifice of profitability at the ultimate expense of human life.

Marc D. Skelton

Laguna Niguel

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