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  • It's not known exactly why as Hemingway didn't leave a suicide note. What is known is that he was a very heavy drinker and a very depressed man. Some speculate that he never got over losing his first love when he was younger, but it's not known if that was the reason he committed suicide or not. Hemingway attempted suicide in the spring of 1961, and received ECT treatment. Some three weeks short of his 62nd birthday, he took his life on the morning of July 2, 1961 at his home in Ketchum, Idaho, with a shotgun blast to the head. Judged not mentally responsible for his final act, he was buried in a Roman Catholic service. Hemingway himself blamed the ECT treatments for "putting him out of business" by destroying his memory; medical and scholarly opinion has been respectfully attentive to this view. Other members of Hemingway's immediate family also committed suicide, including his father, Clarence Hemingway, his siblings Ursula and Leicester, and later his granddaughter Margaux Hemingway. Some believe that certain members of Hemingway's paternal line had a genetic condition or hereditary disease known as haemochromatosis, in which an excess of iron concentration in the blood causes damage to the pancreas and also causes depression or instability in the cerebrum. Hemingway's physician father is known to have developed bronze Diabetes owing to this condition in the years prior to his suicide at age fifty-nine. Some think Hemingway suffered from Bipolar disorder. Throughout his life, Hemingway had been a heavy drinker, succumbing to Alcoholism in his later years.
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