Fashionista Suicide: Was Ashley Riggitano Mentally Unstable Before Killing Herself? [REPORT]
Was the recent fashionista suicide committed by an unstable woman who couldn't have been helped? Or was Ashley Riggitano, a recent Laboratory Institute of Merchandising graduate, pushed to the edge by relentless taunting?
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That's the question on everyone's minds today as they mourn the passing of the fashionista who jumped to her death on Feb. 6 on the George Washington Bridge. The fashionista suicide may or may not have been due to the fact that Ashley Riggitano was mentally unstable.
It was her 22nd birthday; all that was found at the scene was Ashley Riggitano's Louis Vuitton purse: the purse allegedly contained a "suicide diary" that included the names of five girls she did not want to attend her funeral. The five names of the girls are allegedly Alison Tinari; Teresa Castaldo; Beth Bassil; Riggitano's best friend and business partner, Victoria Van Thunen and Samantha Horneff, per the New York Post. Also found in Ashley Riggitano's purse was Adderall, a psychostimulant medication, and Klonopin, which is used to control seizures in epilepsy and for the treatment of panic disorders. Heather Free, PharmD, of the American Pharmacists Association asserts that the combination of Adderall and Klonopin does not have any drug interactions.
One of the notes read: "All my other 'friends' are in it for gossip ... never there," according to the New York Post. "Never there."
The notes insinuate that Ashley Riggitano was bullied at school and work by her fashionista friends. Also on the "grudge list" at the scene of the fashionista suicide was the name of a man who apparently did not treat her well in the past: she invited him to her funeral, but also said that she "hopes he gets what he deserves."
Alex Woo, the New York-based designer for whom Ashley Riggitano worked as a public relations and wholesale intern, told the Daily Mail she didn't think of Ashley Riggitano as mentally unstable.
"She always had a smile on her face ... she didn't look depressed."
LIM student Helen Koltovskaya told the New York Daily News: "You just never know what goes through someone's mind ... Some people don't tell others what they are going through. I don't know how this can happen."
Ashley Riggitano also had a troubled history: she has allegedly tried to kill herself before her successful attempt on New York City's George Washington Bridge. This isn't the first time a victim of harassment and bullying has ended their life on the GWB. In September 2010, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi leapt to his death after classmates Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei set up a secret webcam in his dorm room. The two viewed footage of him kissing another man without his permission.
Was Ashley Riggitano mentally ill, or was she driven to fashionista suicide by the actions of the people she surrounded herself with?
It is believed that earlier today, Victoria Van Thunen wrote on her Facebook: "Those who incessantly blame others as the cause of their issues should perhaps take a step back and reevaluate these situations. The common thread may be that 'they' aren't the problem, but rather that YOU are."
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