Now, three generations of suicide in the Plath lineage

This is incredibly sad. This shows that suicidal struggles can be passed down in families. Food for thought.

Sylvia PlathFAIRBANKS, Alaska – Nicholas Hughes, the son of poet Sylvia Plath, has killed himself, 46 years after his mother committed suicide and almost 40 years to the day after his stepmother, Assia Wevill, did the same. He was 47.

Hughes, who was not married and had no children, hanged himself at his home March 16, Alaska State Troopers said. An evolutionary biologist, he spent more than a decade on the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Marmian Grimes, the university’s senior public information officer, said he left about a year ago.

Hughes’ older sister, poet Frieda Hughes, issued a statement through the Times of London, expressing her “profound sorrow” and saying that he “had been battling depression for some time.”

My heart goes out to the Hughes family.

4 Comments

  1. Gianna said,

    March 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    this will be used to claim depression is hereditary…what it suggests to me is a poor baby boy lost his mother to tragedy 46 years ago. A baby experiences the loss of a mother as horrible, life threatening abandonment and that is called TRAUMA the root of most mental illness in my opinion.
    Trauma, is clear and evident here.
    This is heartbreaking and really gave me a painful pang of sadness.

  2. Ana said,

    March 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I also believe it’s quite traumatic.
    This is sad.
    Ana

  3. Renata said,

    March 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I have to agree, hereditary mental illness can seem this way, until we look at the families a little closer. My mother was seriously ill with depression, and Borderline Personality disorder, the affect her “lack of mothering”, neglect and abuse had on me and my sister, from infancy on, has been profound. I struggle with depression, and my sister was lost long ago. It is how we are “treated” as infants and young children that make mental illness “appear” hereditary. How can anyone become normal with such trauma?

  4. March 29, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Is depression a genetic disease?? Strange to see that three generations are effected by this disease.


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