The representative Jamie Raskin (Maryland) and his wife, Sarah Bloom Raskin, revealed the death of their son Thomas Bloom Raskin, who could not overcome depression and ended up taking his own life on New Year’s Eve.
Tommy, as his friends knew him, was 25 years old and a sophomore at Harvard Law School.
The Raskins released a heartfelt message about the family tragedy.
“On the last hellish and brutal day of that dreadful and miserable year 2020… when hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of people around the world died alone in bed in the dark from a murderous disease… we also lost our dear and beloved son, dear irreplaceable brother to Hannah and Tabitha, a radiant light in this broken world, ”the couple wrote.
Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Remarkable Life of Tommy Raskin: https://t.co/tBJdK29g6B
– Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) January 4, 2021
The Washington Post reported that the family received condolences via telephone from President-elect Joe Biden.
It was added that Tommy left a goodbye note.
Please forgive me. My illness won today. Please take care of each other, the animals and the world’s poor for me. With all my love, Tommy “, would have written the young man, who would be honored at a private funeral.
The young man’s parents indicated that they knew of their son’s condition and fought together to overcome it, but neither the family network nor friends were successful.
“Despite the excellent doctors and a loving family and a network of friends of hundreds who adored him … the pain finally became overwhelming, unbreakable and unbearable for our dear child,” expressed his parents.
Remember that you can help a person in times of depression by calling the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-TALK (8255).