We were listening to an interesting program about the Catholic spiritual writer Thomas Merton on Radio National. (I did get annoyed at Rachael Kohn as usual, trying it seemed to make Merton a pluralist in her own image; but then maybe he was.) Kohn mentioned that he died too early in tragic circumstances.
‘Perhaps he killed himself,’ my wife said.
‘Would anyone listen to him after that?’ I asked.
The truth was more mundane, and perhaps more tragic in its futility – he died when he was electrocuted in the bath in Bangkok. Or at least that’s what Wikipedia tells me.