A police detective found 64-year-old Henry Smith Hamilton Jr., owner of Duval Square Tropical Tan, dead at 11:55 a.m. Thursday in his La Brisa condominium on South Roosevelt Boulevard.
Officers found him on his back in the middle of his bed, his left arm flung across his face. Found on his bathroom sink was a copy of his living will on which was handwritten, "Do not revive! Fuck Obama!" according to police reports. Hamilton had been distressed about his business and "very upset" with the outcome of the Nov. 6 presidential election, his partner told police. "If Barack gets re-elected, I'm not going to be around," Hamilton had said, according to his partner of 11 years, Michael Cossey, who spoke to police.
A detective found three prescription bottles in the dining room: one empty bottle for 1 milligram Alprazolams, one empty bottle for 150 milligram Seroquels and another bottle for 50-milligram Seroquels that still had pills inside, reports say.
Seroquel is an antipsychotic medication for the treatment of schizophrenia. Alprazolam is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders
Hamilton was a "well-known" gay business owner on the island, reports JoeMyGod. "The Key West LGBT Chamber of Commerce confirmed to me by phone that Hamilton had been a member."
Many of the 1000+ comments on the article at CBS/Tampa Bay's website are Tea Party vitriol. But one comment asks the obvious question on the mental competence and business strategy behind opening a tanning salon on a tropical and gay-friendly island: "Also missing from the story? The man operated a tanning business in Key West, Florida. Also left out: I understand it was actually his second venture; his first, a business that sold ice cubes to Eskimos, also, strangely, went belly up."
It's tragic and unfortunate that Hamilton's financial problems, business failure and right-wing political conspiracy theories were at least partially fueled by his own mental disorders. "Unfortunately and somewhat ironically," notes one JMG commenter. "This may really be a story about someone not getting the quality health care they very much needed."