The family of 52-year-old surgeon Dr. Robert Ashton is completely stunned by his untimely death. Ashton scaled the George Washington Bridge in the vicinity of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and would ultimately leap to his death. As the New York Post reports, he was recently divorced from a noted television medical personality.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton is the ABC News’ chief women’s health correspondent, and her divorce from Ashton was just finalized two weeks ago. Despite the split, the couple remained close for the sake of their teenage children, and they even lived across the street from each other in Fort Lee. Ashton took to social media to express her sadness at his passing.
“Our hearts r broken that the father of my teenage children took his own life yesterday. As an MD he helped so many and we will remember his warmth generosity and kindness. We know that many families struggle everyday with depression while others like us don’t have any warning. We hope by sharing some of Rob’s story it will save others the heartache we feel. You are never alone. Pls get help. May he Rest In Peace,” she wrote.
There’s no word on exactly what sparked him to take his own life, but it’s quite clear from Jennifer’s post that he was battling depression for some time. Whether that was a result of the couple’s split or not amounts to speculation, but it sounds like they were making the best of things for the kids sake.
Robert’s career included stints at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he served as thoracic surgery director, and at Hackensack University Medical Center., where he was chief thoracic surgeon. The incident occurred early Saturday morning, and his body was recovered at Hazard’s Dock in Palisades Interstate Park.
Hopefully, Jennifer’s openness about the tragedy will spark others to seek out the help that they need and prevent some further tragedies down the road.
Source: NY Post