Tuesday night, a wife had her worst nightmare come true.  Her husband, drowning in debt, took an unthinkable option and decided he wanted off this ride we call life.  It’s a common tale, his home was in foreclosure and the IRS owned his soul with a lien seeking to recover $500,000 in taxes for 2013 and 2014.  Who was this man who was in such financial ruin that he could see no other option? 

None other than one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers ,  Butch Trucks.

Tuesday night, Butch Trucks shot himself in the head, in front of his wife.   

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  I’ve been sick with worry and fear myself when my mortgage company threatened to make me pay in full for my home I was making payments on because my job took me three hours away.  I didn’t know how I was going to get out of this nightmare, but eventually, five years later, we were free.  We did what we had to do and we found a way out.  Our faith was tested and we are still recovering emotionally from it, but life did get better.  I’m guessing at 69 Butch had taken all that he could take.  When you get to a certain age and find that you are nothing but deeper in a hole than you have the life left in you to get out of you decide to do the unthinkable.

I’m sorry you thought this was your only option Butch.  I’m sorry your standard of living had gotten to a point where this was just too much to handle.  The horse’s back finally broke.  We’ll miss you Butch.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 

1-800-273-8255.  There is another way out.  Let someone help.  Please.