Fargo Forum columnist Devlyn Brooks writes in his tribute to Star Tribune reporter Larry Oakes, who committed suicide last week after battling depression for years: “I respected his journalistic knowledge, and to this day, I know of no Minnesota journalist that could match the beauty of his prose. As a mentor, he was a young journalist’s dream.”
Oakes’ son, Mike, tells the Star Tribune that his 52-year-old father was hospitalized last Wednesday after saying he was having suicidal thoughts. He died on Friday.
“His depression got the better of him in the last week, and I don’t think he was able to handle the weight of the world or whatever he felt,” says the KDAL-TV journalist. “It just became too much to bear.”
* Celebrating hero and friend Larry Oakes (inforum.com) | His recent stories
* Longtime Star Tribune journalist Oakes dies at 52 (startribune.com)
* “He wrote stories in a way that the rest of us wish we had” (publicradio.org)