Police Still Working to Understand Renowned Doctor's Suicide

DECEMBER 28, 2004 - Posted at 7:29 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Police are still working to understand the suicide note left by Dr. Jonathon Drummond-Webb in hope of figuring out why the nationally-known pediatric cardiac surgeon would kill himself.

Little Rock police say they are unsure what prompted Drummond-Webb toward what was at least his second suicide attempt.  They believe the note holds clues, but haven't been able to interpret it yet.

Little Rock police spokesman Sergeant Terry Hastings says the note was scribbled and is hard to understand.  He says that even with the note, there is no clear answer for why the 45-year-old doctor took his own life.

Drummond-Webb was chief of pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.  He was found dead at his home Sunday, and family and friends said he apparently suffered from depression.

The hospital said Drummond-Webb took an overdose of medication.

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