SAD: Self-Help Couple Commits Suicide

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  • NEW YORK (AP) — On a radio show they hosted called “The Pursuit of Happiness,” John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity.

    “So much about life is about impulse,” Littig said on a broadcast this year on an FM station in New York, WBAI. “It’s about doing it right now.”

    A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact.

    Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for medical examiner’s office said Thursday.

    The bodies were discovered Wednesday on a couch in the couple’s brownstone in Brooklyn.

    In separate suicide notes, Lettig indicated that they were determined to die together, while Rosen apologized to her family, police said. But beyond that, why two people who made a living giving advice on how to lead more fulfilling lives decided to cut short their own wasn’t clear.

    There was no immediate response to a message left Thursday at WBAI.

    “RIP Lynne Rosen + John Littig. Partners on the air and in life,” the station wrote in a tweet.

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