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Theresa Duncan was 40….A Talent Removed

July 22nd, 2007 by Celeste Fremon

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Much is being written about the suicide of multi-talented Venice filmmaker, writer, and blogger, Theresa Duncan,
who killed herself in New York on July 10, followed by the probable suicide of her longtime boyfriend, rising-star artist Jeremy Blake, 35. The police mention pills and a long explanatory note in relation to Duncan’s death. As for Blake, it seems that a week after finding his lover’s body at the NY apartment they were renting while she worked on a promising-sounding new film, the artist simply took off his clothes, set down his wallet, and walked into the sea.

He too left a note—-saying
he couldn’t imagine living without her.

Kevin Roderick at LA Observed
has been particularly on top of the story.

I didn’t know Duncan; only knew of her. But it cannot be other than terribly confusing, disturbing and sorrow-producing when two people as gifted—and as physically beautiful, frankly— as Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake decide to precipitously and irrevocably remove themselves from this world.

You can find news stories here and here and here.

But, for me anyway, a better way to apprehend at least a sliver of the creative loss that has occurred is to take a look at these witty and wonderful videos produced by Duncan. I found them posted on YouTube.


They are from her “Closet Cases” series.

NOTE: FOR SOME REASON I’m having trouble with video embeds today, so I’ve taken them out. Instead here are the links to the two videos. The first is Closet Cases: Slice of Bread

The second is called Closet Cases: The Dred Case

(I particularly loved the first.)

Post Script:

The New York Post story quotes a friend of the couple, who explains how out-of-character the suicides seemed for both Duncan and Blake.

“Suicide would never be on their to-do list,” he said.

Posted in Life in general, literature, Los Angeles writers | 9 Comments »

9 Responses

  1. valerie gisiger Says:

    Scientology has reared its ugly head in this case.

  2. Mary McConnell Says:

    WLa,I love the photos here. Good article, too Yes, Roderick is doing a good job of following up on this matter and I appreciate the information about the show for today.

    valerie gisiger, you are correct. Jeff Wells’Rigorous Intuition Blog has several updates of information that confirm some of the comments Theresa Duncan has made on people she claimed were harassing her.

    http://rigint.blogspot.com/2007/07/imitation-of-life.html#comments

    http://rigint.blogspot.com/2007/07/thursday-july-26.html#comments

    Note the Anonymous comments on the RI site… pure CoS Fair Game if you ask me. And of course, anyone aware of Scientology’s history of harassing others and it’suse of Fair Game tactics can well understand the connection and comments Theresa made. visit: http://www.fairgamed.org

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  7. gangstalking Says:

    People should look up the term Gang Stalking in relationship to what happened to Theresa. She likely under occupational health and safety laws had a warning marker placed on her file.

    This would have set off a series of events that could have destroyed her life the way that she claimed.

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