Life-coach radio hosts commit suicide together

New York (CNN) — Two life coaches who hosted a radio show called “The Pursuit of Happiness” apparently committed suicide together in their Brooklyn apartment, police said.

Motivational speaker John Littig, 48, and his common-law psychotherapist wife, Lynne Rosen, 46, were found with plastic bags over their heads and a tube attached to a canister of helium, according to police.

Two suicide notes were found, police said.

The manager of the building, Hasan Boztepe, 51, said he smelled a strong odor coming from the apartment and broke down the door Monday morning after no one answered his repeated knocks.

He found the bodies sitting on a couch, holding hands. The canister with an open valve was on Rosen’s right, he said.

Boztepe said he also found two suicide notes, one apparently written by a man and one by a woman.

In the man’s note, Boztepe remembered the words: “I can’t take it anymore, my wife is in too much pain.”

“I was shocked. I am still in shock. I feel so bad for these people,” Boztepe said.

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He said he knew the couple and stopped by the apartment last week to fix something for Littig. “He walked me to the door and said ‘thank you very much.’ He was a very nice guy — and a couple of days later, this.”

The couple’s radio show, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” on WBAI-99.5 FM focused on “personal development, growth and creativity” according to their website. It was an hourlong show airing every other Thursday afternoon.

“RIP Lynne Rosen + John Littig. Partners on air and in life,” the station posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter.

The couple also led a life coaching consulting company, Why Not Now, offering coaching “designed to help foster and encourage your inner strengths,” and “put you confidently on the path to designing the life you’ve always wanted to live,” according to their website.

“You should try to do something that scares you every day,” Littig said on a show in February.

“People really need to try to implement that into their lives,” Rosen later added. “Even if it is small things and it feels scary; but it’s a small step and it moves you forward toward your real self.”

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–Lorenzo Ferrigno, CNN

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18 comments

  • Missusmanners

    Life is empty, meaningless and purposeless without God. They have proven that lives which are self-absorbed and happiness-driven are wasted ones.

    • celestiona

      Are you retarded? Seriously. Many people live their lives wonderfully "Without God" That concept is old and outdated. Do you even realize how many killed themselves OVER GOD? How much death has been IN THE NAME OF GOD? God does not make one's life any richer or poorer.
      Sure having something to believe in can bring hope but that can be anything.

    • Dawn

      Lol! My exact thoughts when I read this! You'd think if you are doing a Self Help program you might try and find some resources for help instead of taking the cowards way out. And before a million people yell at me for calling them cowards, my husband took his own life and I believe he was a coward who always tried the easiest path in life instead of fighting to make it better.

      • guy

        Or maybe he just hated his life and finally manned up? You should be proud that he finally took matters into his own hands. Cowards are the ones who convince themselves they have to keep on living just for the sake of living. Now THAT is lazy.

  • Rob

    Guess they couldnt practice what they taught. Think of the thousands of people that listened to them on the radio and now they have to question everything these 2 said on air.

  • celestiona

    It hurts watching others hurt, we all want the best for everyone but we all feel so powerless. We preach, we bring words of hope and peace and it seems to do nothing in our own eyes. The most we can do is action not words. Bring someone a smile, do a random act of kindness each and every day. It can be anything from being extremely nice and holding the doors open for someone, giving them a flower or even a meal. It's what we do for one another that will help make the difference. Yes we all need coaching but action brings far more results than words.

  • Brett

    I don't know about anyone else, but I really want to know if they were talking to each other while inhaling the helium. Giggling the entire time about their absurdly high voices.

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