Apple: ‘We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker’

“An Apple Inc employee was found dead on Wednesday at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters, police said, with local media reporting that the victim had suffered a head wound and a gun was discovered near his body,” Julia Love reports for Reuters.

“Sergeant Andrea Urena of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office told reporters at a press conference that deputies were called to Apple’s main offices in Cupertino at 8:35 a.m. PDT (1535 GMT),” Love reports. “‘”When deputies responded to the campus they found one individual male down and determined he was deceased,’ Urena said. ‘Further investigation determined that no other individuals were involved. We believe this to be an isolated incident and that nobody else on campus or in the public is at risk,’ she added.”

Love reports, “‘We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple,’ the company said in a statement.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Death reported in Apple conference room – April 27, 2016


      1. Not in this case. Why do people keep forgetting Apple is a phoenix and only has risen to the occasion, unlike other companies, to whereat is Number One? There would have to be a number of downturn years for me to go all pessimistic on them. One predictable quarter in a momentary global downturn environment does not a trend make.

      2. People having guns in immediate accessibility vastly increases death tall from suicides as science says that suicidal urge passes quite quickly in most cases. Arms should be locked well, and taken away from people with depression so they would have more chances to survive.

      1. Straight out of the mouth of Wayne LaPierre…

        Research repeatedly and clearly confirms: gun laws lower risk of death. Even simple gun ownership doubles the risk of gun death. Concealed carry laws increase the chances of gun death significantly. NRA will find a few spots in America where gun control introduction shows no change, or increase, in gun violence, but those are literally always not showing the entire picture. Overwhelming majority of gun control changes always have same consequences: repealing gun control laws always results in incerased gun death; introducing gun control laws will decrease them.

        And yes, if Apple campus were a gun-free zone, this would NOT have happened. And in similar cases, the same is also true: a gun-free zone significantly lowers the risk of gun death. You don’t need to be a genius to understand that.

        Americans have a built-in constitutional right to own firearms. This particular right is the most costly (deadly) privilege they have enshrined in their constitution. The country is paying dearly for this freedom, with thousands of lives. In most cases, those who pay with their lives for the privilege of the rest of the Americans to own guns weren’t the ones who deserved such a sacrifice. But this is how it is; as long as Americans (at least enough of them) continue to consider this privilege an unalienable right that protects their civil freedom, innocent lives will be the price to pay for that privilege.

        1. As you point out, gun control or not is a balancing act between freedom and safety.

          It would be nice if the NRA would admit the verifiably obvious, and at least promote loose gun ownership laws as protecting freedom, but being a political body they also have to throw in fantasies of more guns = more safety.

          People in the US want to hear what they want to hear, not what study after study shows. If politics in the US were ever grounded in rational debate and attempts to bridge different viewpoints, that time is long gone.

          1. And contrary to what the NRA says, many gun control laws would reduce deaths while still allowing responsible people to hunt, protect their homes, etc.

            Gun control is not the same as gun prohibition.

        2. Obviously the over 100 million people who own guns in the United States with no gun related deaths around them must be unaware that they are somehow breaking the laws of physics that state having a gun doubles the risk of death. Similarly having a fork doubles the risk of getting fat?

          There are over 300,000,000 guns in the United States.
          There are over 100,000,000 gun owners in the United States.

          In a particularly bad year there are between 10,000 and 11,000 gun related deaths.

          Assuming that each of those involves a separate gun, this would imply 0.004% of the guns in America are actually involved in gun related deaths. Hardly an epidemic.

          Between 30,000 and 40,000 people per year kill themselves, less than half use a gun. I guess if there were no guns, those people wouldn’t think of another way… right?

          Alcohol causes 110,000 deaths per year. Why not ban it? Oh yeah, we tried that.

          In 2014 33,000 people died in automobile accidents. Let’s make America a car-free zone! We’ll save 3 times the number of people who die in gun related deaths!

          I recall that hospital infections were linked to nearly 100,000 deaths per year. Hmmm… If I drive my car to the hospital, with a trunk full of guns, I’m more likely to be killed by the car or the hospital than the guns.

          If you look deeply at what is going on, you find that there are certain cities and certain demographic groups where the vast majority of the gun related deaths occur. Drugs and gang related activity dominate. Yet you wish to deny the vast majority of gun owners their rights because of the actions of a relatively few number of criminals.

          So called “assault-rifles” only account for about 300-400 deaths per years. More people kill with blunt instruments like baseball bats. Shall we ban bats?

          More people use their hands, fists, and feet to kill than are killed with assault rifles. Maybe we should make killing illegal.

          So yes. I stand strongly by my 2nd amendment rights, even though I don’t own a gun.

          And face it. The irrational pursuit of guns by the anti-gun lobby is not about safety. That is the biggest sham ever. It’s politics. The war on guns is NOT about saving lives. It is left vs. right politics as usual, with the right saying leave us the hell alone and the left saying no, we’re going to legislate you out of existence.

          As always, it’s the left vs. The Constitution over and over and over these days.

          FREEDOM is “costly and deadly.” Not simply our gun rights. There is only one currency with which freedom can be purchased and that is blood. And so yes, the Constitution protects it and Americans are highly reluctant to surrender it. Freedom is also the single most important political tenet in the founding of this nation. It’s why are here.

          1. At the risk of sounding condescending or patronising, I’ll say that you usually post articulate and intelligent arguments. It is unfortunate, though, that the political ideology is making you obfuscate and re-direct the argument.

            There are many things that cause people to die; cars, fists, knives, baseball bats, infectious diseases. And guns. We use cars to drive; knives to cut our food; baseball bats we give to men who are paid millions of dollars to attempt to hit a flying ball with… We regulate cars. You can’t simply go buy a car and drive it; you must take a special test (first written, then practical), then you must take a special five-hour course, then you must obtain a license, where the government gets to take your picture. And before you can drive that deadly instrument (the car), it must be registered, so that the government knows exactly to whom it was sold and when. You don’t need to register your gun, and there is no mandatory government test in order to use it. And, while car’s main purpose is fundamental to the existence of practically everyone in a civilised world (transporting people or things), gun’s only purpose is to kill someone; yet, no need to register or prove you know how to use it.

            The most important thing here is that none of your arguments really address the facts that wherever gun laws are lax, gun violence is high. There is consistent correlation in high number of studies. By simply by owning a gun, you are statistically much more likely to die from gun violence. And no, the absence of guns does NOT make criminals automatically switch to other lethal weapons: statistical data clearly shows that the more strict gun laws are for law-abiding citizens, the lower the violent crime (gun or non-gun) will be.

            Data further shows that gun ownership triples the risk of suicide. In other words, yes, more than often, those who commit suicide with a gun wouldn’t have committed it, had the gun not been available. This is inline with common sense, since we all know that vast majority of suicide attempts can be prevented by talking the person out of it, if given a chance. Gun provides the most immediate and certain death, with the least amount of effort (much more so than cutting blood vessels, ingesting poison or other methods).

            More data: increased gun ownership significantly increases the likelihood of gun death by a known person (family member or a friend). The likelihood if getting killed by a stranger also increases, but not as much. In other words, it is legally owned guns that cause vast majority of those additional gun deaths.

            The most common rationale for guns, the home invasion scenario, also doesn’t hold water. Data shows that homeowners that own guns are far more likely to die during home invasion than those who don’t own guns.

            Long story short: owning a gun does NOT make you safer. It makes you LESS safe.

            The problem in America is not so much the right to own guns; that is the right enshrined in the constitution, and is as such untouchible. However, the discussion stops well short of that. The defenders of this right refuse any kind of regulation that would reduce the disproportionate amount of needless deaths. When you consider that America is regulating far more benign products, and can’t get itself to regulate the deadliest one, it is clear the reason has left and politics take over.

      2. To Republisaurus aka First Whatever Then Whatever

        I guess you are pleased to see Carly Fiorina as a potential VP? She the most incompetent CEO in the modern history of tech.

        Canadian Raphael (Lyin’ Ted) Cruz and Carly or Comb-over Donald are the best your party can do. I wanna see Cruz’s Canadian Birth Certificate.

        As to the NRA bullshit about a good guy with a gun being the answer to everything:
        Why does the NRA ban firearms at it’s conventions?

        If gun free zones are such bad things, why does the NRA use them?

  1. This is what happens when you discover you wife bought you an Android phone and a Windows PC for your birthday.

    (Before folks get on my ass about being insensitive, it is called Black Humor).

  2. Thanks MDN for posting the symptoms and crisis line information. Just as there may be a straw that breaks the camel’s back, one call, one kind word, even a smile or small gesture can be enough to strengthen someone who is suffering.

    1. I agree. MDM has the perfect response. We all have dark moments. Ask for help. Go give a coworker a hug. Sometimes things get so intense we forget we’re all mortal.

    2. We still don’t really know what happened. We don’t know who the man was.

      So what if he committed suicide. It was his decision. Why is it so many people have such a hard time acknowledging that people are free to make their own decisions? Even killing yourself. You should be free to kill yourself.

      Suicide always seemed like a fair alternative to me. If I ever get to the point where I can’t deal with being alive, it’s like an ace in the hole, a final alternative. I’ll be more considerate, I’ll go climb into a dumpster somewhere with a bottle of scotch and whatever my method of killing myself is. I won’t leave my corpse in my loft (reduces real estate values) or do it in some public area where weak people will be traumatized by it.

      If someone wants to kill themselves, to exit this world, suicide should be regarded as the ultimate inalienable right.

      Everyone can handle what they can handle. It is not our place to tell others what they can or cannot deal with.

  3. What a charming young man. Brings a gun to work. Lovely. So that he can shoot himself in a globally publicized manner. Sorry, but no sympathy from me on this one.

    1. People do things for a reason and sometimes it is in order to make a deeply felt personal statement. Whether people agree or not, the fact is that when someone is in such a state, their focus can be very tight. No one has the right to judge someone else when such things happen. I have no doubt that people who have personally faced situations of such magnitude would make disparaging comments.

  4. We are all preoccupied with our own problems, sympathizing with ourselves because we can see our own struggles so clearly. But as Ian MacLaren said, “Let us be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.”

  5. Unless you have been there and ready to take your own life, as I tried and failed twice, it is impassible to understand the despair. Nothing in life prepares you for the kind of despair and pain you feel when you decide to stop living.

    I failed because I had the wrong tools. Had I had the right medication or a gun I would have succeeded.

    1. My takeaway from your post is that in the end, you are glad that you failed both times.

      As common sense tells us, vast majority of suicide attempts can be thwarted by engaging in conversation. And vast majority of those who at some point attempted it are later glad that, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen.

      A gun significantly increases the success rate of a suicide attempt, because it is simple, easy and instant. There is rarely any time to engage in a conversation, and life is lost, when it could have been saved.

      That those who attempted suicide and failed (for whatever reason) are still alive is a testament about the fleeting moment of that feeling during which suicide seemed the only choice. Once the moment passed, life resumed. Gun makes that fleeting moment a final death sentence.

  6. Who else was in the conference room before the suicide?
    Was there an argument or arguments before the suicide?
    Was this person recently reprimanded or demoted?
    Did this person have a personal relationship with any Apple employees and who?
    Did this person have a history of mental illness or recent tragedy?
    Was there a note left behind and what was written on the note?
    Did this person leave any messages on his computer or any social media?

    Will Apple make answers to these questions known?

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