Ashley RiggitanoThe story behind Ashley Riggitano's suicide isn't just heartbreaking -- it's bizarrely fascinating. The pretty 22-year-old "fashionista", as she's being branded, jumped off New York City's George Washington Bridge on her birthday, leaving behind a lengthy suicide note written "in girly cursive" on loose-leaf paper. The note was left behind in a Louis Vuitton bag that also contained the prescription drugs Adderall and Klonopin, and it banned five "frenemies" from her funeral. As more details have come out, we've learned that Ashley, who interned for famed jewelry designer Alex Woo, exhibited some strange and erratic behavior in the past, and she was recently involved in a really awful, extremely quarrelsome Facebook feud with a few "friends". One friend, Alison Tinari, wrote to Ashley: "Go try to kill yourself on Xanax again, you unstable loser. Go f--k yourself and never speak to me again."
The online fight between Tinari and Riggitano was reportedly initiated by Riggitano, and it stemmed from Tinari's friendship with Riggitano's boyfriend, Drew Hassenbuttel. Tinari told the New York Post: "It’s really horrible what happened. I feel really bad for her family. It’s crazy. I feel really bad for her. I never went after her; she went after me." Tinari said that she barely knew Riggitano before the exchange. She also added: "The only thing I’m ashamed of is what I said about her overdosing on Xanax. I shouldn’t have said that."
Clearly, Riggitano wasn't mentally stable. Various reports about her strange behavior and supposed previous suicide attempt are swirling around everywhere. So, maybe that's all the more reason not to taunt her, or get swept up into an extremely nasty online feud with her. (Tinari reportedly told Riggitano that she knew about her previous suicide attempt.)
What Tinari said is one of the most awful things I've ever heard -- anyone who tells another person to kill themselves has serious issues, but still. The blame can't solely be placed on these "frenemies" for Riggitano's death, just as the DJs in the Kate Middleton prank can't be held solely accountable for the nurse who committed suicide.
But I think there's a moral here: Be nice. Or just back off. If Tinari would have just kept quiet and worried about herself, she wouldn't have to live the rest of her life knowing she played a role -- however small -- in another human being's death. That's an awfully big cross to bear over a stupid Facebook argument.
What do you think of this?