A Black man's hanging death in Southern California has officially been ruled a suicide based on an autopsy and a purchase from a local Dollar Tree store.
Robert Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square on June 10.
Authorities launched a monthlong investigation after Fuller's family rejected the official cause of death.
"The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible," his family said in a statement. "There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn't sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses."
Authorities focused their investigation on the red rope and fabric found in the tree. Police said there was a May 14 purchase on Fuller's EBT card that was consistent with the red rope used in the hanging.
Sheriff's Commander Chris Marks said Fuller had a history of depression and was hospitalized three times since 2017, according to the NY Times.
Fuller told doctors he had suicidal ideations and had previously put a gun to his head. His last hospital admission was in November. He told doctors at a hospital in Nevada that he "did have a plan to kill himself," Marks said.
Jason R. Hicks, a lawyer representing Fuller's family, said he planned to respond to the sheriff's department's finding. The family does not have any comments at this time.
Karrine Steffans, aka Superhead, claims she was knocked up by "serial entrepreneur" Everett Taylor - and now he's threatening suicide.
Taylor, a 31-year-old tech wizard who founded the marketing software PopSocial, took to Instagram to threaten suicide after Steffans claimed she is pregnant with his baby.
Taylor described Steffans as an "evil" person who "has been a huge trigger for my depression, anxiety and just overall struggles with my mental health."
Taylor said Steffans threatened to destroy his career whenever he tried to leave her.
"For years I would do whatever she said, and give her anything she needed. If I did not, she would threaten to ruin my career."
He said her constant threats sent him to a "darker place," and when he reached out to another male friend of Steffans', the man advised Taylor to cut off all communications with her.
Some people say Taylor's lengthy suicide note is a cry for help. One friend assured Taylor's social media followers that he is fine.
Steffans made her mark in the literary world with the release of her first book, Confessions of a Video Vixen (2005). In the sensational book, she described her brief oral fixations with bold name rappers and athletes, including Jay Z and Shaquille O'Neal.
Read Taylor's suicide note below.
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