This is so sad, folks.
And proof, yet again, that anyone can struggle with severe mental health issues.
A BBC radio host walked off her live show without explanation, only to be found dead later that day.
According to Fox News:
Vicki Archer killed herself by hanging in her Shrewsbury home, the BBC reported.
The divorced mother of three was found in her home by Lee Holyoake, her stepfather, the Shropshire Coroner’s Court inquest was told. Holyoake, in a statement, said he tried to revive Archer and that “alarm bells started to ring” after he and Archer’s mother learned the host had left work early.
John Ellery, a coroner, said the radio host suffered from depression and had tried to take her own life twice before.
“We have heard that Victoria had made two previous attempts to take her own life in the past and she suffered from depression,” Ellery said. “It is not necessary, nor is it appropriate to go further into her personal and private life.”
When she suddenly left the show, co-workers assumed she was taking a break. She never came back.
This is so sad. I legitimately have no idea what it’s like to think taking your own life is the only way out. I hope I never know what such despair is like. And while it’s easy to sit here and judge her, I hope everyone remembers that this was a REAL person with a REAL life and a REAL family.
Archer’s family said in a statement the host was “a wonderful mother and daughter.”
“She could light up a room. While we will always miss her we want to remember and celebrate everything that she achieved which is why in the spring we are planning a memorial celebration of her life,” a statement from her family read.
Our prayers go out to her family.
I feel the need to mention that if you are suffering from suicidal thoughts you should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 any time at or text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.
Help s out there – and suicide is never your only option.