Sarah Kershaw, a former reporter for The New York Times who covered real estate, the Pacific Northwest and New York City schools, died on Monday. She was 49.
She was found with a plastic bag tied over her head and pill bottles beside her,
Ms. Kershaw told friends that she planned to end her life because she suffered from a debilitating illness.
Before joining The Times, she worked at The Oakland Tribune and for news outlets in Venezuela. Ms. Kershaw was known for her ability to spot trends and produce quirky feature articles.
In recent years, Ms. Kershaw experienced chronic pain from occipital neuralgia, a neurological condition, and moved to the Caribbean in 2014 to focus on her health and freelance journalism, her family said.
Dr. Lynn Webster also mentioned her on his blog:
Chronic Pain and the Death of a New York Times Journalist
I’ve added her picture to this post because it affected me so deeply.