London Food Blogger Commits Suicide By Jumping From Restaurant’s Roof

This is pretty sad:

A food blogger plunged to his death from the roof-top terrace of a City restaurant, it emerged today.

Wilkes McDermid, 39, is understood to have fallen from the Coq D’Argent shortly after it closed late yesterday afternoon.

Mr McDermid, an influential food and drink blogger on the London restaurant scene, had previously caused concern just over two years ago when he went missing in Cape Town while visiting friends.

The alarm was raised yesterday when he tweeted “Final message… thank you everyone” with a link to a blog post saying that he was “tired of life”.

Quoting Samuel Johnson, he wrote: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford… Johnson was right, I am not tired of London and never have been… however I am tired of life.”

In his last blog Mr McDermid said: “This is a message to thank you for being part of my last adventure in London. Alas, it is time to say goodbye. The reasons ‘why’ will be upsetting for some and very hard to accept for others, so this is addressed separately here. It is up to you whether you wish to read it, but if you wish to judge, I suggest you actually read it rather than take a summary from someone else.”

His blog with his final message is here. It looks like two years ago he had threatened to kill himself with his reasons:

You all probably have a lot of questions and in an ideal world I would be able to answer them all. However the risks involved in providing a ‘Q&A session’ before death is clearly too high as the medical profession always values ‘quantity of life’ over ‘quallity of life’. It appears that the prevailing ethos is to keep individuals in a state of continual suffering rather than allow an individual choose to die. Hence the huge resistance to euthanasia.

The reason for my death is simple. I have concluded that in the realm of dating and relationships the primary characteristics required for men are as follows.

Height: above 5ft10
Race: huge bias towards caucasian and black
Wealth: or other manifestation of power

From my observations and research it appears that you need two of the three criteria for success with very few exceptions. What does this mean it means that it’s “game over” for me. By choosing to depart early, all I am doing is to accelerate the process of natural selection whilst saving myself a great deal of long term pain in the process.