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FLORIDA: Gay Man Kills Himself Over The Reelection Of President Obama

The locally well-known gay owner of a Key West tanning salon has killed himself, apparently (in part) as a result of President Obama's reelection. Keys News reports:
A Key West businessman who for years gave to AIDS Help and other charities may have taken his own life after a bout of depression over a struggling business and the recent election results, his partner said Tuesday. A police detective found 64-year-old Henry Smith Hamilton Jr., owner of Duval Square Tropical Tan, dead at 11:55 a.m. Thursday in his La Brisa condominium on South Roosevelt Boulevard.

Officers found him on his back in the middle of his bed, his left arm flung across his face. Found on his bathroom sink was a copy of his living will on which was handwritten, "Do not revive! Fuck Obama!" according to police reports. Hamilton had been distressed about his business and "very upset" with the outcome of the Nov. 6 presidential election, his partner told police. "If Barack gets re-elected, I'm not going to be around," Hamilton had said, according to his partner of 11 years, Michael Cossey, who spoke to police.

A detective found three prescription bottles in the dining room: one empty bottle for 1 milligram Alprazolams, one empty bottle for 150 milligram Seroquels and another bottle for 50-milligram Seroquels that still had pills inside, reports say.
The Key West LGBT Chamber of Commerce confirmed to me by phone today that Hamilton had been a member.

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