Self-help talk show hosts commit suicide by inhaling helium

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 14:42 EDT
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Two self-help talk show hosts were found dead in their New York City home on Monday in what police said was an apparent double-suicide.

Lynne Rosen, 46, and John Littig, 48, hosted the call-in talk show “The Pursuit of Happiness” on WBAI-FM. Authorities told The New York Daily News that both were found in their home of more than 20 years with plastic bags over their heads, apparently having inhaled helium until they died.

Rosen, a psychotherapist, frequently encouraged callers to her show to accept changes in their lives and try spontaneous activities.

Littig, a motivational speaker life coach, also performed music under the name Jadex. He appeared in a surreal YouTube video in 2011 dressed in all white, flanked by two bikini-clad women and telling listeners that “beautiful dreams” are what makes people “live for today.”

Police said they were probably dead for more than a week before neighbors began complaining about the smell. It’s not clear why the couple committed suicide.

This video was published to YouTube on June 21, 2011.

This video was published to YouTube on Oct. 14, 2011.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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