I'm sure many of you have seen the video that went viral last week about the waitress that gets a 500 dollar tip from strangers at a pizza place. It was heartwarming to say the least and it has led to the media plastering the video everywhere.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP-TOI1mO0A&sns=em]Aaron's Last Wish - A $500 Tip For Pizza - YouTube[/ame]
Intrigued by this sad story about a dying man's last wishes I went to google, wondering what exactly had killed this man. As a person with a terminal illness, also in my twenties, I've got a soft spot for sick people.
So I googled simply, "Aaron Collins cause of death" and there it was. He committed suicide around his 30th birthday by strangling himself, and his will, written in his early twenties asked that he give someone 500 dollars as a big tip.
Even with the coroner's result in as suicide, his family has spun the story about a dying man's last wish, and the news has even reported in a single sentence among paragraphs that his family doesn't believe he'd kill himself (denial).
I wouldn't have a problem if it had stopped there. Instead, his family has setup a bunch of websites to take donations in his honor. It has been reported that he didn't have much money and as his family says in the video "he couldn't afford to take care of himself." then you add the "dying man's last wish" and you've got a terminally ill guy who was a victim of the system, all implied of course with a unique and misleading use of words.
Problem is, his story never mentions an illness, and none of the donation sites list a cause of death or an illness, but instead talks about how he wasn't a material person and never stayed in one place too long, leading us to logically assume he never achieved much, which isn't a big deal either.
What IS a big deal is that they've made 30k in the last few days. This Aaron guy is being touted a hero, a martyr for terminal illness and a victim of the healthcare industry. Even in the articles and news columns the comments are all mislead, bleeding hearts, giving their money freely with only half the story.
If it makes no difference to you, so be it.
Here's some excerpts:
Aaron Collins committed suicide by strangulation, according to authorities. His family is having a hard time processing the information, because he was so full of life and didn't leave any clues behind.
Authorities start an investigation into Collins’ death and preliminary reports lead to self-killing by strangulation. Anyway the final autopsy outcome has not been released yet. Aaron’s family were somehown puzzled at hearing the findings, claiming there was no indication he would commit suicide, according to his brother.
My only goal is to give you the full story, and now you have it.