No signs of foul play in Holland's death

2012-08-16 13:02

Johannesburg - A post-mortem on journalist Heidi Holland found that she died by her own hand and there were no signs of foul play, her family said on Thursday.

"It is our view, therefore, that Heidi chose to take her own life, and did so alone," her son Jonathan Hull said in a statement.

"Heidi's passing has come as a dreadful, shocking blow to all of us, family and friends alike. The manner of her death is especially hard to accept and we as a family have gone to significant lengths to establish the cause and circumstances," Hull said.

Holland was a veteran journalist and writer. In 2008, she published Dinner with Mugabe based on interviews with the Zimbabwean president.

She was also the owner of a guest house in Melville, Johannesburg.

The Melville Residents' Association issued a statement calling Holland an "eminent Melville resident".

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-08-16 13:55

    So tragic.I have a feeling she was terminally ill and wanted to end it all before it became worse.The fact that she looked gaunt for a while could be an indication of this. No one really knows how another person is feeling deep inside.Even those of us who seem really happy could be hiding great sorrow beneath our smiles.May she rest in peace and may her family find comfort in their happy memories of her,and most importantly,never ever blame themselves.

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