An ambitious medical student who boasted on a message board about a fling with an attractive girl has committed suicide, after his rugby teammates shared his private messages online as a prank.
The Sun reports that Edward Senior, 22 — hailed by his brother Max Senior as the “blonde-haired charmer” — told his friends about the fling on a private message board. But as a joke, the rugby team shared his comments on social media.
The girl and other Swansea University students saw the messages, and Edward was devastated.
Edward, known as Ted, attended Swansea Medical School. He was pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. His brother told The Sun:
“He got into medical school after years of hard work and sacrifice.”
The Sun reports that Ted feared the prank would end his ambitions of being a doctor, because he assumed he would be expelled from medical school.
After the incident, the distraught 22-year-old returned to his family home, where he hung himself in a wooded area.
His brother Max said:
“Ted Senior tragically took his own life. In the 22 years he lived, he had an unbelievable impact on so many people’s lives. He had a rare ability to light up any room with his wide smile, mop of blonde hair and special charm.
Ted was a friend to everyone and always did his upmost to help people in need. The life and soul of every situation, Ted was someone who embodied all the right values on how to live, and will undoubtebly leave a lifelong legacy in everyone’s hearts.”
Max has since set up a foundation in Ted’s name to help other young people who are contemplating suicide:
“In honour of Ted, it is the family’s wish to set up a foundation in his name. This will be an organic process with funds raised being invested in projects and forums aimed at preventing a reoccurence of a similar tragedy.”
According to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, “suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24.” For this age group, sometimes relationship conflict, school, loss, and sexual identity can seem “impossible to deal with.”
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline explains “we can all prevent suicide” by knowing some of the risk factors and providing support:
Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.
Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis.
Ted’s brother said the medical student was “a son, a brother and a friend to many,” and will be “sorely missed by everyone lucky enough to know him.” Online tributes for the Ted Foundation have exceeded the 5,000-pound goal.
The Sun reports, Swansea University refused to say if Ted had been suspended in the days leading up to his death. A spokeswoman said:
“We were very saddened to hear of the death of Edward Senior, a student at our Medical School.”
Police continue to investigate Ted’s tragic death.
Ted’s parents, Paul and Diana Senior, were reportedly too upset to comment on the tragedy.