"he had a perfect heart, a perfect soul, a riotously outrageous and relentless sense of humor, and a dazzling radiant mind"...and yet he kills himself......
'Please forgive me. My illness won today': Congressman Jamie Raskin reveals the 'farewell note' his depressed 25-year-old son left before his New Year's Eve death
U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Sarah Bloom Raskin released a new statement about the passing of their son, Tommy, 25, on Monday afternoon. 'Tommy Raskin had a perfect heart, a perfect soul, a riotously outrageous and relentless sense of humor, and a dazzling radiant mind,' the statement on Medium read. The parents went in-depth about the life of their son, whose New Year's Eve death was announced on Thursday. While no official cause of death has been given, the statement did reference that Tommy had battled depression. The statement concluded, 'He left us this farewell note on New Year's Eve day: 'Please forgive me. My illness won today. Please look after each other, the animals, and the global poor for me. All my love, Tommy.'' The younger Raskin was a student at Harvard Law School and a graduate of Amherst College. 'Tommy was pure magic. His brilliance and compassion knew no bounds. He passionately loved his family, friends, and animals, and was devoted to the cause of the global poor. Source
STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN JAMIE RASKIN AND SARAH BLOOM RASKIN ON THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF TOMMY RASKIN
January 4, 2021 Press Release
TAKOMA PARK, M.D. – Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin today released the following statement about their son Thomas (Tommy) Bloom Raskin: “On January 30, 1995, Thomas Bloom Raskin was born to ecstatic parents who saw him enter the world like a blue-eyed cherub, a little angel. Tommy grew up as a strikingly beautiful curly-haired madcap boy beaming with laughter and charm, making mischief, kicking the soccer ball in the goal, acting out scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird with his little sister in his father’s constitutional law class, teaching other children the names of all the Justices on the Supreme Court, hugging strangers on the street, teaching our dogs foreign languages, running up and down the aisle on airplanes giving people high fives, playing jazz piano like a blues great from Bourbon Street, and at 12 writing a detailed brief to his mother explaining why he should not have to do a Bar Mitzvah and citing Due Process liberty interests (appeal rejected). Source