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Jay Marvin, longtime AM 760 host, recovering after suicide attempt

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Jay in 2009.
Update below: In 2009, AM 760 host Jay Marvin suffered a health crisis involving a potentially lethal infection and epic back surgery that laid him up for the better part of a year. As a result, David Sirota took over Marvin's slot that December, with Jay formally retiring from radio last September. But his continuing physical and mental health challenges came to a head earlier this month, when he tried to take his own life.

Here's the explanation of what happened from Marvin's wife, Mary, corresponding by e-mail. "Last Monday morning, I found him unconscious," she writes. "The paramedics couldn't get a blood pressure and his heart rate was 35. He was in critical condition for several days, but he's better now.

"He was so depressed because of his chronic pain and no longer being able to work, he took at least 170 1mg Xanax," she continues. "The doctors said the only reason he lived was because of the massive amounts of medicine he has had to take over the last two years. He hasn't had a good day since last November."

Marvin also responds via a poignant e-mail note of his own. He praises Mary and several doctors and staffers at Porter Adventist Hospital "for helping to save my life?" -- and yes, the question mark is part of Marvin's message.

He adds, "No job after 36 years, chronic back pain, not knowing where I fit it in at 58 or what I'm supposed to do with my life, now that I can't work."

In our 1998 profile of Marvin, he talked frankly about his struggles with bipolar disorder and depression. His current fight is likely the most difficult he's ever faced. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say I hope he wins it. Get well soon.

Update, 12:08 p.m. March 30: To document his struggles, Marvin has launched 256 Blogs to Go, which he describes on its home page as "Mental Health, Jabs and Punches from Jay Marvin." The first post, dated today, is headlined, "Bottles Pills No Exit Plan." It includes Mary's description, published above, followed by observations from Marvin's point of view. Here's an excerpt:

Death became an obsession with me after getting out of the hospital following my painful back surgery.

Enough.

Back to the Sunday night/early Monday morning. Around 2:45 in the morning, a destruction derby, power outage, down and out wave slammed into my head and heart. The surfboard flew from out from under me; the pills went down my throat and I passed out.

I had come very close to committing sucide.

In Colorado I'm not alone in this disturbing life ending move. The Fort Morgan Times reported in a story September 9, 20100 the sucide rate had gone up 17.3 percent.

Next? Finding my way back.

More from our Media archives: "AM 760's Jay Marvin continues to battle serious health issues."


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Christian Rudolph
Christian Rudolph

Jay, Christian from Boulder here.  One of your most loyal fans.I also live with chronic pain.My brother was bipolar, and we lost him to self destruction in '81.As a survivor, I can tell you, you don't want to hurt the ones who love you.The hurt is deep and profound, and it doesn't go away.

I recommend MMJ as well, and the company of good friends.Have you thought about volunteering as a political activist?I think you would be great at it.  You have the ability to talk with just about anyone.You have a lot to offer this world, and our conversations on air inspired me.Sometimes, living with pain and suffering is a lot, but.. it's still worth it.You are a good soul, and I hope you find a way to have meaning in your life.I know that you contributed to me not giving up, for what it's worth.

Claude Hall
Claude Hall

Jay,

Tough to hear this.  I hope you're better now and have a better outlook on life.  Claude Hall

PADRAIG
PADRAIG

Jay, from your Minister of Debbie Gibson... I am wishing all the best for you.  Perhaps you are feeling lost right now, but I promise it will pass.  With a wife like Mary at your side, I know your life is worth living.  And there will be opportunities for you to make a difference.  Sometimes you don't see them until they are right there in front of you.  Sometimes, you make a difference without even knowing you've made a difference.  I wish you peace and I wish you courage.

Ken Schabelski
Ken Schabelski

You got way too many goddam friends across the USA to do anything BUT fight. You were then and am now SELFLESS, never selfish. Always on the side of what is right and fair, and I am grateful for that.

Let's enjoy the strruggle, bro and laugh at our vicyories(there are and will be many of them!).

Oo
Oo

WE love you Jay!!! Keep fighting the BrainStems!!!!

(85 Xanax Bars? WHOA...)

John
John

Jay, I miss you on the radio. I'm pulling for you to find your way back!!!John

Diggadee
Diggadee

In Colorado, more people die from suicide than from car accidents. It's time to change that.

If you're thinking of suicide, please read this: http://www.metrocrisisservices...

If you have a friend of loved one thinking of suicide, please read this: http://www.metrocrisisservices...

Metro Crisis Line is available 24/7 to help anyone in need: 888-885-1222

Mynameismary3004
Mynameismary3004

I am praying for you, Jay and Mary!

Mary DagostinoRockford, Illinois

Simonelise1
Simonelise1

honey, some thing must die, but definitely not your talented self. i always reccomend kay redfield jamison's 'night falls fast: understanding suicide' to all of my bipolar brethren, especially those of us who had to cope with chronic pain. as my long time therapist gayle brooks-quick says 'be easy my frind, be easy'.

Andrew
Andrew

Jay, give MMJ a try. It might help with the bi-polar and the chronic pain.

Simonelsie1
Simonelsie1

mmj can cause what is called 'a drug-induced mania' that is hard to contain, for this type of mania makes the body hyper-sensitive to pain. so...you must have a mmj strain that is specifically used in treatment for maniac-depressives, and furthermore to the type of maniac-depression that person has be it bpI bpII or cylcomythia or rapid cyclers. and if he's on other pain meds , may not mix well, you need a ridicously knowledgable care provider.

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