Mendoza School of Business

Suicides of Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade – and my brother – can teach us important life lessons

Published: June 8, 2018 / Author: Joseph Holt

In a commentary piece for Fox News, business ethics professor Joseph Holt reflects on the deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and CNN storyteller Anthony Bourdain. Read his article here.  

I empathize with the shock and heartbreak their loved ones are surely feeling now. My beloved brother, Terry, took his own life nearly four years ago. I did not see it coming and was devastated by the news.

Let me share with you some of the thoughts that ran through my mind and heart after Terry took his life, in the hope that this might help others in some small way.

Terry’s death taught me that even the strong among us have their limits. My brother was as mentally and physically strong as anyone I know. Yet even he clearly reached a point where the burden he was carrying became too great to bear.