Kailua Hawai`i suicide

khnlHawaiiNewsNow.com, Dec 14, 2009 – Husband’s suicide resurrects right to die debate

By Tim Sakahara

KAILUA, HAWAI`I – Days after allegedly shooting his dying wife, in an attempt to put her out of her misery the medical examiner confirms Robert Yagi has taken his own life. Police are tight-lipped tonight on why Yagi, who was apparently suicidal, was allowed to post bail Friday and go home.

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Legalize aided suicide

HSB_MastheadDec 15, 2009 – EDITORIAL

The suicide of a 71-year-old Kailua man who was charged with attempted murder of his terminally ill wife is a tragic reminder that Hawaii legislators have rejected a bill that would have allowed her to die with dignity. The Legislature should revisit the issue in its next regular session and legalize physician-assisted suicide.


Kailua Case Ignites Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate

khonDec 14, 2009

Reported by: Ron Mizutani

The Honolulu Medical Examiner confirmed Monday the man who tried to kill his terminally ill wife in her hospital bed last week has committed suicide. 71-year-old Robert Yagi was found dead Sunday in his Olomana home. Autopsy results show Yagi died from asphyxiation due to hanging. Yagi was free on bail after being charged with second-degree attempted murder, for shooting his wife with a flare gun last Tuesday night at Castle Medical Center.