New York couple commits double suicide due to financial issues
A Manhattan chiropractor and his wife died together on Friday around 5:45 a.m. after jumping from the ninth floor of the office building where they worked. They were identified as Glenn Scarpelli, 53, and Patricia Colant, 50. Each of them were found with a suicide note and ID in their pockets.
“WE HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE,” reads the father of two’s note. “Patricia and I had everything in life.” The notes went on to explain the couple’s “financial spiral,” and how they “cannot live with their financial reality.”
A lien from April 2015 showed that the couple owed $232,295 in federal taxes. In 2013, Scarpelli suffered legal consequences for failing to pay back a nearly $60,000 student loan he had taken out in 2000 while attending a chiropractic college.
The primary cause of financial stress for people in New York is paying down debt, according to a 2016 GOBankingRates study. The average balance per person is around $50,000.
New York Chiropractic Council, where Scarpelli was former president, is raising money for the couple’s kids on a GoFundMe page. “This horrific event has left their two children, Isabella and Joseph, without the love, support and guidance of their loving parents,” the page says.
“Their kids didn’t know anything about their financial problems. None of us did. He seemed like he loved his job,” said a friend of the couple’s daughter. “They were both beautiful people.”
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