A Brooklyn couple who hosted a self-help radio show committed double suicide last week. Lynne Rosen and John Littig hosted the show, "The Pursuit of Happiness", and on Monday, they were found dead in their Park Slope apartment. They reportedly both died by putting plastic bags over their heads and inhaling helium. Police found them on the couch in their living room, along with two notes. According to police, one, left by Rosen, basically said that she was sorry; and the other letter, left by Littig, basically said that he couldn't watch his wife suffer anymore.
Rosen, 46, was a psychotherapist, and Littig, 48, was a motivational speaker and a musician. Together, they hosted their show once a week, in which they tried to get listeners to live their lives as their best selves. They doled out advice like: "Push yourself when there's nothing left to go on. Remember, positivity is precious"; and "Try something spontaneous, sexually or otherwise". Neighbors have varying accounts of both Rosen and Littig, but the general consensus seems to be that Littig was friendly and outgoing, where Rosen kept to herself. "A cold fish" one of their neighbors said of her.
To say that it's unbelievably sad that this couple committed double-suicide is an understatement. Obviously. It's tragic. To think that both were so sick, and neither one could help the other, is enough to break your heart in two. But it's also a little disconcerting that they were giving advice on how to live positively to others. I'm sure there are people out there who took the couple's advice who feel cheated or lied to right now. The show was all a facade.
Thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Lynne and John. Not sure if those who were close to them knew the extent of their problems, of if anything was going on at all. But I'm sure it's a shock nonetheless. If only this couple could have heeded their own advice. Sad.
What do you think of this?
Here's a clip from their show:
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