Friday, August 15, 2014

Jeremiah Healy, R.I.P.

The first part of this is from Janet Rudolph's blog, Mystery Fanfare.


Jeremiah Healy: R.I.P.

This is such sad news in a week of sad news. Mystery author Jerry Healy died last night.

From Sandy Balzo, his wife, via Mary Frisque at AIEP:  

"My heart breaks to send you all this news, especially by email. As you may know, Jerry has battled chronic severe depression for years, mostly controlled bymedication, but exacerbated by alcohol. Last night he took his own life. Jerry was the smartest, kindest man I've ever met, and I thought we'd continue to grow old together. His demons had other plans. Please keep Jerry in your heart, as you all were in his."
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I met Jeremiah Healy thirteen or fourteen years ago when he appeared for me at the Lee County Reading Festival. At the time, he and Nancy Pickard agreed to appear because they were good friends. The correspondence between the two, when they copied me, was so funny. Nancy later had to back out because of her mother's health. But, I'll remember Jeremiah in the convertible he drove down to Florida.

Rest in Peace. It's so sad to see what depression does to people, and the tragedy of suicide. I'm so, so sorry.