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    Olympic Judo Silver Medalist Claudia Heill Commits Suicide in Austria

    Former Olympic Judo Silver Medalist Commits Suicide in Austria

    VIENNA -- The Austrian judo federation says former Olympic judo silver medalist Claudia Heill of Austria has committed suicide by jumping out of a sixth-story window in central Vienna. She was 29.
    2004 Athens silver medalist. A judoka killing herself by falling...ironic.



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    1.) Sad

    2.) So pretty.

    3.) No breakfall?

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    One bump because I think this story got lost in the shenanigans.

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    Jesus, just 29 and someone who obviously accomplished a lot in her life. Sad.

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    Any word on the impetus of the suicide?
    The fool thinks himself immortal,
    If he hold back from battle;
    But old age will grant him no truce,
    Even if spears spare him.

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    Wow, that's a shame.

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    There was no suicide note, and as far as I've been able to dig up, no reasons given. It is still under investigation I suppose.

    Some people have speculated it was medication related...antidepressants or perhaps even a training supplement...so many medicines with a side effect of suicide and depression that it seems to fit this kind of "out of the blue" suicide..

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    any follow up?

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    Tragic Story. Terrific achievement to Olympic Silver. So pretty. This will have an awful impact on her family and friends.

    If she was on anti-depressant medication, then, yes, it could amplify suicidal thoughts before it becomes effective. This is true for Seroxat/Paroxetine, for which the severity of the side-effects can be modified by diazepam during this phase. Medical advice is essential so you don't think you're on your own.

    Terrible if this might be true - the more so 'cos it is avoidable.

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    Well I've had a look at the Austrian press and if anyone does know what and why it happened they haven't said anything.

    She was given a military burial with full honours, for those who are interested.

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