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    Study: Suicides Spiked After Robin Williams’ Death

    He set a tragic example. New research on the 24-hour news cycle’s impact on suicides reveals that U.S. rates spiked 10 percent in the months following Williams’ 2014 death. It’s not a new phenomenon: The 1774 Goethe novel The Sorrows of Young Werther was blamed for a string of suicides in Europe. But the study showed a significant contrast between Williams and Kurt Cobain. In 1994, less-ubiquitous media downplayed the details of Cobain’s death and suicides didn’t increase. The study’s authors believe a return to restraint might mitigate the “Werther effect.”

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