(Reuters) – Olympic silver medalist skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson has committed suicide near Salt Lake City. Peterson, 29, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday night, shortly after he called emergency dispatch to say he was going to kill himself.
He was a silver medalist in the men’s freestyle aerials competition at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.
Peterson’s body was found beside his vehicle on a road just outside Salt Lake City. Police said he left a suicide note, but they declined to reveal the contents of the message.
Peterson’s death on Monday came three days after the Olympic athlete was arrested in Idaho on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. He was released from the Blaine County Jail in Idaho after posting $500 bail.
He failed three field sobriety tests, including a walk and turn and a one-leg stand, according to a police report.
Peterson pleaded not guilty in paperwork filed by his attorney to the charge of driving under the influence and the speeding citation.
Peterson gained the nickname “Speedy” because coaches thought he resembled the cartoon character “Speed Racer” when wearing his helmet. He invented his signature jump the “Hurricane,” a five-twist and three-flip maneuver that landed him the silver medal in Vancouver.
Peterson’s behavior at times got him in trouble with the law and sports officials. In 2006, he was sent home from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, after a fight, according to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
“Speedy’s” death, on the heals of Amy Windehouse’s death reminds me of what some old drunk told me years ago about alcohol being an equal opportunity destroyer.
If you’re like “Speedy,” Amy and me, find yourself in a little trouble, often. It’s time for a self analysis.
Do something about it before you waste away your life like me and millions of others who have our disease.
God rest “Speedy” and Amy’s souls.
Watching Amy Winehouse die has been very difficult for me.
Mainly because I know the horrors of addiction and alcohol abuse. It’ destroyed much of my life. I was afraid we’d meet on this page one day and talk about how sad it is that Amy didn’t make it. Some would say, “Hey she knew what she was doing, so it’s on her.” No No No!!
Addiction and alcoholism is a disease. A disease that tells you you don’t have a disease. We tell outselves, “ah hell, I can quit any time I want to, but right now I don’t want to. I’ll get right one day, just not today. Then one day, you wake up in an alley, curled up inside a cardboard box glad that someone didn’t run over you in the middle of the night. Hungry and cold, missing most of your teeth, stinking to high heaven, you shuffle off to go find something to eat.
I didn’t go that far but know many who did. No, like Amy I was in show business, radio to be exact. Had the top radio shows in Houston, Texas and Miami, Florida. Everywhere else I worked in radio too. I got so sick and tired of being sick and tired, I finally found sobriety. Not until I ruined my life. Lost all my friends, three wives and experienced one horrific catastrophy after another.
So, I wasn’t surprised Amy died, just sad: Look what Wikipeida said about Amy:
Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four“: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me“, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab“, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game“, among other distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom.
Winehouse was credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalising British music. Winehouse’s distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld. Winehouse’s problems with drug and alcohol abuse, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death. She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life.
Listen my friend, if you’re drinking and drugging, do something about it now. Right now!
“Hoot” Hooten – aka Brad Edwards
Hello, my name is Hoot, I’m an alcoholic.
Every holiday I’m reminded of how often I made a fool out of myself and or embarrassed everyone who knew me. I didn’t know what made me have to have a drink for many years, all I knew was when I began drinking, I didn’t stop until I was drunk. And that is one of the key symptoms of alcoholism. “The inability to stop.”
I found this description of what the basics of alcohol are and thought you might find it useful, if you’re trying to put an end to your nightmare.
Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented, a process that uses yeast or bacteria to change the sugars in the food into alcohol. Alcohol has different forms and can be used as a cleaner or antiseptic; however the kind of alcohol that people drink is ethanol, which is a sedative. When alcohol is consumed, it’s absorbed into a person’s bloodstream. From there, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all body functions. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing.
This holiday, remember how dangerous it is to take that first drink, especially when you know you don’t have the ability to stop. Of course we all say “I can stop whenever I want to, I just don’t want to.”
Stay safe my friends.