Law firm says Brown was 'sick and dying' before suicide

Ed Brown
Photo credit (Brown & Brown)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - We’re finding out more about the possible motive behind Monday’s apparent suicide of well-known St. Louis Attorney Charles "Ed" Brown.

A spokesperson with the Brown & Brown law firm says Ed Brown was "sick and dying but not COVID-related."

Brown took his life Monday afternoon, jumping from the 11th floor of a the One Memorial Drive building in downtown St. Louis, where his law firm is located.

The 61-year-old personal injury lawyer had been thinner in recent monthS and some remarked that he was losing weight. Spokesman David Shulman didn't say what type of illness Brown was facing.

Here's part of the message sent to local media by Shulman:

"Ed made a request that if anyone asks why he committed suicide, the answer is he was sick and dying (not COVID-19 related). As I mentioned yesterday, we continue to request the privacy of the family is respected during this difficult time."

Brown was most recognizable for his eye patch which covers an injury he received when he was a child. Many in St. Louis will remember him from TV commercials with his law parter and brother which often ended with the lines, "If you can't come to us, we'll come to you."

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