Did anyone know Richard Jeni died???

Geez, I didn't even realize this had happened. So sad! The guy was hilarious.

A Comedian's Sad Demise Coroner: Before suicide, Richard Jeni was involuntarily hospitalized

JUNE 27--Three months before Richard Jeni shot himself to death in his Hollywood home, the comedian was involuntarily hospitalized after complaining of suicidal depression and saying that he would "jump off a building," according to a coroner's report. In late December, Jeni visited the emergency room at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and was "diagnosed with suicidality, homicidality, and depression" and "placed on 51/50 hold," which allows medical officials to involunatarily confine a patient for up to 72 hours.
The coroner's report on Jeni--who was born Richard John Colangelo--was released yesterday and an excerpt from the document can be found below. On March 10, with his girlfriend downstairs making breakfast, Jeni, 49, placed the barrel of a .38-caliber Colt Detective Special in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
One week earlier, Jeni's girlfriend saw the comedian talking to himself, saying, "Just squeeze the trigger." The woman, Amy Hasten, told investigators that due to the stress of Jeni's work schedule, the performer had...

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Yeah, I think we had a thread about him in the old place.

So tragic. I loved his irreverent humour and he'll be missed.

....had a history of schizophrenia and was taking an anti-depressant..... ?

Well that rings a bell - true schizophrenia is never cured only maintained - and antidepressants don't do the work of anti-psychotics.

The buy showed great strength if he was able to function in that high ticket world without caving in long before he did.

All that talent and nobody picked up on the idea of helping him... like standing around watching someone dive off a cliff.

I was just thinking about how many truly genius comics are deeply introverted and sad in their personal lives...it's a complicated kind of reality ... and add mental illness to the pot....terrible..

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