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Montel's Suicide Attempts

Sunday, January 4, 2004
The Washington Post

Talk show host and motivational speaker Montel Williams says he nearly committed suicide after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. In his new book, "Climbing Higher," Williams says he wanted to die before the disease got worse. He loaded a .357 magnum and sat in his closet, spinning the barrel, hoping it would go off accidentally so his kids could collect on his insurance, according to an excerpt in the New York Post. He says he spent 45 minutes trying to get the gun to go off, to no avail.

Another time, Williams says, he considered jumping off a tall building or driving his car into a tree. Then he decided to throw himself into the New York traffic at Columbus Circle. As cars streamed by, Williams picked a Cadillac, then "tripped" into the car's path. But the driver swerved and avoided running over him.

Williams says he's learned to live with the disease, but the ordeal caused the demise of his marriage. "A lot of the reason my relationship with my wife, Grace, came apart was because I tried my best to pretend I wasn't in pain."

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