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January 9, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
She was a young actress with designs on mega-stardom. But to realize her dreams, Jang Ja-yeon was resigned to take her place in the seamy realm of the South Korean sexual casting couch. In the end, the disgrace proved too much. In the seven-page note she wrote before her March 2009 suicide, the 27-year-old TV sitcom regular described how her manager forced her to have sex with industry VIPs such as directors, media executives and CEOs, many of whom she cited by name. Jang's death stunned this nation transfixed by celebrity and all its trappings.
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March 1, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A suicide note discovered by Orange County sheriff's investigators suggests that last week's shooting rampage that left four dead was planned, authorities said. Ali Syed, a 20-year-old college student, killed a woman in his parents' Ladera Ranch home in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, then committed a series of violent carjackings in Tustin and Santa Ana, killing two men before turning the gun on himself. A document titled "suicide note" was created about an hour before Syed's panicked mother called 911 to report a shooting, said sheriff's investigator Dan Salcedo.
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August 20, 2005 | Julie Cart and Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writers
First she killed her dogs, shot them in the head with a .38-caliber revolver and covered the two bodies with a quilt. Then Marlene Braun leveled the blue steel muzzle three inches above her right ear and pulled the trigger. "I can't face what appears to be required to continue to live in my world," the meticulous 46-year-old wrote in May in a suicide note. "Most of all, I cannot leave Carrizo, a place where I finally found a home and a place I love dearly."
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September 28, 2010 | Alexandra Zavis and Tony Barboza
As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids. He would tutor them on weekends and after school, visit their homes, encourage them to aim high and go to college. The fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School was so passionate about his mission that, school authorities say, he had near perfect attendance in 14 years on the job. So when Ruelas, 39, failed to show up for work last week, his colleagues instantly began to worry.
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November 19, 1991
The daughter of television actor Jerry Van Dyke, apparently upset over marital problems, killed herself in her North Hollywood apartment, Los Angeles police said Monday. A friend found the body of Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, 33, hanging in her bedroom about 5 p.m. Sunday, said Detective Mike Coffey.
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June 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Details are emerging in Paris Jackson's apparent suicide attempt, which kept the pop heiress hospitalized through Thursday. Jackson, the daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, reportedly left a suicide note, took a kitchen knife to her arm and downed 20 ibuprofen pills earlier this week, TMZ reported . She is said to have called a suicide hot line as well. The 15-year-old, who was rushed to a hospital early Wednesday morning, is now recovering and is said to be "physically fine.
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March 19, 1996 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In two homes, two schools, two communities, grief in all its manifestations came to call Monday as those who knew the South Bay victims of an apparent teenage suicide pact struggled with the inevitable: "Why?" In tony Rancho Palos Verdes, where 15-year-old Heidi K. Chamberlain attended one of the nation's finest public schools, her stricken parents numbly made funeral plans, and her girlfriends huddled, red-eyed, in the school halls.
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October 7, 2009 | Richard Winton
A man accused of killing his wife, model Jasmine Fiore, did not acknowledge the killing in a suicide note left on his laptop computer but expressed his love for her repeatedly and wrote that he was jealous and angry, police said. Buena Park Police Sgt. Bill Kohanek on Tuesday said the 1 1/2 -page "suicide letter" was recovered by investigators from Ryan Jenkins' laptop after the former VH1 reality show contestant hanged himself in a Canadian motel room not far from the border after a pursuit by U.S. authorities.
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August 20, 2012 | By Susan King
The world of cinema is still reeling with the news of the apparent suicide Sunday of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott. Over the decades there have been several high-profile filmmakers who have committed suicide, often in connection with depression or another illness. Here is a look at five noted filmmakers who killed themselves: Max Linder (1883-1925) The famed French silent movie clown/director battled chronic depression and other health issues after witnessing the horrors of combat as a dispatch driver between Paris and the front lines during World War I. His depression got so bad that at times he couldn't work.
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March 23, 1990 | AARON CURTISS and MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Roxanne Jones, the Reseda woman who shot her three children to death as they slept and then turned the gun on herself, talked of killing herself and taking her children with her for as long as two months before carrying out the threat, police and acquaintances said Thursday. None of those who heard her discuss suicide took her seriously enough to contact authorities or to steer her toward counseling.
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