The Golden Suicides: A Love Story

May 5, 2008

On July 17, 2007 artist Jeremy Blake took off his clothes on Rockaway Beach and walked into the ocean. Five days and 4.5 miles away from the beach, his body was found. In his pant pocket, left on the beach, was a note that said, “I’m going to join the lovely Theresa”.

Theresa, the girl in the note, was Blake’s girlfriend of 12 years: Theresa Duncan. Her body was found a week before in the couple’s home – a rectory of a church in New York City. She apparently died of a suicide as well.

The question has remained: What happened? Why did this highly successful pair of artists, who by all accounts were madly in love – commit suicide?

For a long time I, like many others, were obsessed by this story. Blake and Duncan were highly visible in the art world; both very talented and completely in love. But scattered around the internet (Duncan’s blog) and beyond are clues of intrigue that involve: Beck, Scientology, paranoia and a whole world of intrigue around this bizzare but beautiful pair of artists.

Read the article here:

Vanity Fair: The Golden Suicides


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