Just learned via Warren Ellis that writer Thomas M. Disch committed suicide on July 4th!
Locus has an obit that leads with this:
SF author, critic, and poet Thomas M. Disch, born 1940, died July 4, 2008, of suicide in his New York City apartment. Ellen Datlow reports that Disch had been depressed for several years, especially by the death of long-time partner Charles Naylor, and worries of eviction from his rent-controlled apartment. Biographical details shortly.
Emphasis added by me.
Double and triple Jesus Christ!
There is your so-called "free marketplace," you Dollar Uber Alles bastards. That being able to have a roof over your head should have to figure into the Life vs Death equation. He was in enough pain as it was over a lost love. And then the criminally-insane levels of rent come along to further threaten his life! You bastards have murdered an artist!