South African novelist Karel Schoeman committed suicide aged 77, local media said Tuesday, with a farewell letter revealing he had long contemplated such a fate and tried so before.
The Afrikaans writer and supporter of the anti-apartheid movement authored 19 novels and several historical articles and was honoured by former president Nelson Mandela.
“I decided years ago to end my life‚ or try anyway,” he said in the letter dated April 27 and released Tuesday by his lawyer Carl van Rensburg.In the letter he indicated his wish to “voluntarily cease the use of food and drink and end his life through a process of so-called mortification”.
It was his second attempt at killing himself. “An attempt at 75 was interrupted by circumstances and in the meantime I have turned 77. Thus it is necessary to tackle the matter meaningfully while I still have full movement‚ physical freedom and possess the spiritual clarity to make a logical decision … and carry it out effectively.” Read more