The costume designer widow of actor and writer Spalding Gray has revealed her late husband lost the will to live after suffering brain damage in a car accident in Ireland.
Gray committed suicide by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in New York in 2004, but his widow Kathleen Russo believes something died inside him years before.
She tells WENN, "The car accident in Ireland is really what led him to commit suicide, which a lot of people don't know about.
"We were in Ireland in 2001 to celebrate his 60th birthday in County Meath and it was our second night there and we were coming back from a restaurant... and someone hit us head on.
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Actor/writer Spalding Gray's widow is keeping her late husband's legacy alive by writing a book about her time with him and a play and film based on his journals.
Kathleen Russo was left devastated when Gray committed suicide by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in New York in 2004, and she's committed to keeping her dead husband's memory alive.
Currently producing Steven Soderbergh's documentary about Gray's life, And Everything is Going Fine, the Hollywood costume designer has big plans for 2011.
She tells WENN, "There is so much work that I'm doing. There's a book for (publishers) Knoft next year and I'm doing a play based on his journals that will tour Britain, called There Are Stories to Tell. It comes to Glasgow next March. It's a cast of five people that represent a part of his life - the adventurer, the journal reader, the family man, the lover and the career person.
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Michael Risley plays Jackson, a seemingly normal man who out of the blue becomes convinced he is being beseiged by secret messages in e-mail spam and a TV perfume ad. After confronting the nephew of his girlfriend (Adrienne Shelly) as being in on the conspiracy, Jackson's world becomes more and more bizarre, even hunting down the photographer (Spalding Gray, in a small but fun role) who shot the perfume commercial.
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