Expert: Celebrity suicide can 'romanticize' death

KUSA - All of the tributes to Robin Williams can induce what experts call a "contagion."

Experts say that means people who are at risk of taking their own lives view the tributes as a romanticized version of his death. That can reinforce the thought that suicide is the way to achieve admiration and a fond remembrance.

One example is a local woman whose son killed himself after becoming enamored with a magazine that featured a cover story on Kurt Cobain shortly after his death. That's one of the stories Scott LoMurray, the deputy director of Sources of Strength, shared Thursday morning on 9NEWS.

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