Suicide gunman pulls the trigger as father looks on

Leung Shing-yan was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Photo: Antony Dickson

Chinese-American Leung Shing-yan, 46, had returned to Hong Kong around two years ago and had been living with his father and a brother-in-law in the flat in Kiang Su Street. After a dispute with his family over money issues, Leung pulled out the gun at around 10pm, pointed it at his temple and pulled the trigger. A relative then called the police.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 7:21am

Beijing-bound UA flight rerouted after woman 'attempts suicide' in plane toilet

A passenger's photo shared on Weibo of cabin crew helping a woman on the United Airlines flight. Photo: Screenshot via @想要拥有姜Gary on Weibo

A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Beijing was forced to land in Alaska on Wednesday after a passenger was reported attempting suicide in a toilet, said the Beijing News on Thursday.

30 May 2013 - 10:59am

Far-right activist Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame

French policemen cordon off in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Photo: AFP

Police evacuated Paris' Notre Dame cathedral yesterday after a well-known far-right former activist committed suicide by shooting himself through his mouth in front of its main altar, a police source said. Dominique Venner, 78, a historian known in France for his political essays, was carrying a letter but did not say anything before he shot himself dead in the mid-afternoon, the source said.

22 May 2013 - 4:28am

Self-immolation loses its power as a means of protest

Tibetans display portraits of people who killed themselves in self-immolation, during a protest in front of the Liberty Square in Taipei. Photo: AFP

Self-immolation isn't what it used to be. This ultimate form of protest became global news in 1963 when Thich Quang Duc set himself ablaze in the middle of Saigon, protesting against religious oppression. Doused in petrol, the venerable monk sat serenely in the lotus position and lit a match. A bird of paradise thus bloomed, and quickly charred his body.

21 May 2013 - 4:15am

Researcher left suicide notes, Singapore inquest told

Rick Todd (second, right) and his wife Mary, talk to reporters after the first of the inquiry into the death of their son, Shane. Photo: AFP

A US hi-tech researcher whose family claims he was murdered in Singapore was under treatment for depression and left suicide notes before he was found hanged, a public inquiry was told yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 2:20am

Worker suicides bring home need to treat employees with empathy

Worker suicides bring home need to treat employees with empathy

The recent reports of the suicide of two young Foxconn workers reminds us of some neglected issues facing an emerging China, namely, how to care for the increasing number of young migrant workers in cities. They are more educated than previous generations but have limited experience of dealing with life's adversities. Their mental well-being is therefore sometimes at risk.

9 May 2013 - 4:45am 4 comments

Suicide rate of middle-aged Americans surges

Suicide rates are rising dramatically among middle-aged Americans according to US government statistics. They show a 28 per cent spike in the past decade in the number of people taking their own lives.

4 May 2013 - 2:41am

Two Jiangsu teens commit suicide over unfinished homework

Schoolchildren are facing increasing pressures. Photo: SCMP

Two teens in eastern China committed suicide after “failing to complete homework assignments” state-run media said on Friday, in an extreme case highlighting the immense pressure schoolchildren can face.

3 May 2013 - 4:25pm 1 comment

Beijing banker jumps to his death

A 60-year-old banker at state-owned China Jianyin Investment died after jumping off a building in the financial district in Beijing.

Wang Shiqiang, the chairman of the board of supervisors at Jianyin Investment, a financial conglomerate controlled by Central Huijin Investment, a domestic arm of the country's sovereign wealth fund, was confirmed dead on Wednesday afternoon.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:06am

French 'Survivor' doctors commits suicide after contestant dies

The doctor for the French version of hit reality TV show Survivor has killed himself in Cambodia, saying in a suicide note that the media had "sullied" his name after a contestant in his care died of a heart attack.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Police investigate suicide riddle of French lawyer Olivier Metzner

Olivier Metzner in his office. Photo: AFP

He was nicknamed the "gangsters' lawyer", one of the giants of the French legal system. Olivier Metzner was a larger-than-life figure known for his spirited defence of high-profile and controversial defendants.

19 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Rape defendant’s death casts shadow on model jail

Relatives of Ram Singh, one of the six men accused of raping a student on a bus and found dead in Tihar Jail, transfer his body to an ambulance in New Delhi. Photo: Xinhua

Tihar Jail is a land of bakeries and carpentry shops, where inmates compete in music contests, take classes and perform intensive Buddhist meditation as part of their rehabilitation.

14 Mar 2013 - 12:22pm

Man survives 60 metre suicide leap from Tsing Ma Bridge

The Tsing Ma Bridge is 62-metres at its highest point. Photo: SCMP

The 30-year-old man, surnamed Ng, is the first person to have survived a jump from the bridge since it opened in 1997, according to reports.

13 Mar 2013 - 11:14am

Chongqing man saved by quick-acting police after posting suicide note online

The photo posted by the suicidal man alerted netizens who called the police.

A young man in China’s southwestern Sichuan province was rescued by police early on Monday after posting a suicide note on Weibo, China’s twitter-like service, according to Chinese media reports.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:09pm

Hong Kong Philharmonic tribute to Leslie Cheung

Cheung inDays of Being Wild.Photo: Media Asia Distribution

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of much-loved Canto-pop and movie idol Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:14am