Originally posted on History of Mental Health:
September 20, 1997?This day, American punk rocker Nick Traina (19) killed himself with an intentional heroin overdose.
Traina suffered from serious bipolar disorder. During his short life he had already been hospitalized for several times for his illness; he had survived two previous suicide attempts.
Two months before his suicide he had left the San Francisco punk and ska band Link 80. He had been in this group since he was 16, and in many of their songs he was the lead singer.
Mother and Son
Nick Traina’s death got extra attention because his mother was the very popular, bestselling novelist Danielle Steel. Born from Steel’s failed marriage with heroin addict William Toth, Nick had been adopted by her next husband John Traina.
After her son’s suicide, Steel wrote a book to describe how he had struggled with his depressions (and the related drug abuse). In the…
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