Sad Exit: Senator East commits suicide

Senator East commits suicide

Ailing and frequently depressed, North Carolina's Republican Senator John East served notice last September that he would not seek re-election to the seat he had won by a narrow margin in 1980. Just last month East decided that when his term ended this year, he would return as a professor to East Carolina University in Greenville, where he had taught political science for 16 years. But last week East's troubles apparently overwhelmed him. After driving with an aide from Washington to his home in Greenville, the archconservative champion of the right to life killed himself with automobile exhaust fumes. The suicide...

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