Broward County (FL) – A 19-yr old named Abraham K. Biggs was urged to commit suicide on live streaming TV this past Wednesday. The viewers thought Biggs was joking after taking a bunch of pills and appearing to slowly go to sleep. After a few hours they began to realize he was serious and contacted the authorities. The Broward County medical examiner confirmed Biggs’ death shortly thereafter.
I had spoken with TG Daily managing editor (Wolfgang Gruener) about writing this piece along with some commentary. However, due to the nature of my feelings surrounding this piece, I cannot write anything like what I had originally planned. It’s just too powerful.
In truth, this is one of those stories that I, as a journalist, hate to report on. So I’ll only say this:
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. And I would only ask that if anybody out there is having such a terrible time with life, friends or whatever, please if you can’t find anybody else to talk to or to cheer you up or help you, then at least try to contact me. I can be reached by my first name at this website’s address. I’ll talk to you. I’ll joke with you. We’ll have some fun and you’ll realize things aren’t so bad. And I know there are many more out there like me.
And to those who would seek to egg someone on in this way, what are you thinking? Is it fun to joke around about such things as death and suicide? Life is real and we are real. We are really here, and this really is our life.
Please, if anyone needs help just ask for it. That’s all it takes. It might be the 1st, 5th, 10th or 20th person who helps you. But someone will, and there is hope. There are so many loving, caring people out there. Just look for them and, when you find them encourage them to stay the same.
UPDATED: November 21, 2008 at 12:18pm CST
#1 – By reader request, the video link has been removed. UPDATE2: November 22, 2008 at 9:24am CST, it appears that most all videos online of this event have been taken down.
#2 – A reader of this article, who is also a suicide survivor, emailed me with the AFSP website. They reccomend it for anyone looking for help, or to help. It is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I thank you, reader, for your contribution.
#3 – Opinion – UPDATE2: November 22, 2008 at 9:24am CST, several comments have suggested that his committing suicide wasn’t an issue caused by those who urged him to do so, stating essentially that he was in a place where he was going to do this regardless. I cannot accept that fact completely. I mean if he was determined to it, then he was determined. But beyond that, had the same people who urged him on reached out to him instead, saying “Hey, I like you. I want to know you. I want to be your friend. Please don’t do it,” then I do believe this young man would still be alive. I also believe those who would’ve reached out to him like that would feel better about themselves today. They would have a new relationship with what could’ve been an amazing young man.
I personally believe we owe it to each other to act in kindness and love at all times. We all get upset from time to time, and we all have momentary things. But on the whole, it should be our goal to act in love, to love one another, and ultimately to help each other out. And to those who don’t believe in such things, I suggest trying it a few times. You might be surprised how much different you feel.
The opinions and commentary expressed herein are solely those of the author.