Man dies after jumping from Myrtle Beach hotel, one week after teen deaths at same place

(WPDE file image)

A 69-year-old Conway man has died after falling from Camelot by the Sea Hotel in Myrtle Beach, according to Myrtle Beach police officials.

Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police said the death was a suicide. He said a suicide note was found.

This death comes one week after two teen girls fell to their deaths from the same hotel. Police are still investigating those deaths.

Crosby said the man's death has no connection to the deaths of the two girls.

Camelot by the Sea is an Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals property.

A spokesperson for Wyndham released the following statement:

We are saddened by the tragic event that occurred last week. We are equally saddened by the incident today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families. Our staff is readily assisting the Myrtle Beach Police Department in its ongoing investigations of these matters. As there are still active investigations surrounding these events, we defer requests for any additional information to the police department.

Reporter Eddie Kadhim spoke with a suicide prevention advocate in South Carolina. Helen Pridgen works for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Pridgen wasn't directly talking about the suicide at the hotel, but said suicide contagion is a growing problem.

'We have a training called 'More Than Sad' for educators and parents. This is something we let everyone know is more than sad but it gives information to help prevent contagion and be aware of what's going on," Pridgen explained.

She said a suicidal crisis can last minutes or hours and every second counts.

"If you've seen a change in the person, you see the differences in the way they're talking or things they're saying about helplessness, being a burden, having no reason to live, feeling trapped, whatever. If you feel concerned, trust your gut, follow through and talk to them," she said.

She said that it's never a bad time to talk to your children or loved once, especially if they're showing signs.

"Most people who die are ambivalent. A part of them wants to die and a part of them wants to live. Try to connect with that part of them that wants to live," she said.

For more information on suicide prevention and helpful resources if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, click here.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

RELATED: Survivors of suicide say talking will help lower number of deaths by suicide

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off