Tim Allen, Timberwolves blogger, dead by suicide at 29

Categories: Tragedy
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Ultimate Hoops Minnesota via examiner.com
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Last night, tragic news circulated -- Tim Allen, one of the foremost Minnesota Timberwolves bloggers, took his own life Monday night.

Allen's day job was reportedly as a copy writer for Thomson Reuters at their Eagan location, but he made a name for himself writing about hoops. He began contributing to the popular Canis Hoopus Timberwolves blog in 2009 and ended up as co-manager of the site. Though he was perhaps best known for his humorous game previews in which the Timberwolves were always favored to win despite almost always having a losing record, Allen's blogging spanned the gamut. His last piece, published August 1, is "The Brandon Roy Story: A Tale of Redemption or a Tale of Tragedy?" He concludes the post with this sentence: "Here's to hoping that Brandon Roy keeps giving big name media members a reason to come out to Target Center, and that this time, the Redemption Story has a happy ending."

As is often the case with suicides, news of Allen's passing comes as a complete shock. Just hours before he killed himself, he was tweeting about the USA-Argentina Olympic men's basketball game. Allen's Twitter account gives no indication that he was experiencing mental or emotional anguish in the days leading up to his death, though friends of his have since indicated he was recently struggling with personal issues.

News of Allen's death prompted an outpouring of grief from sports journalists both locally and nationally. He was 29 years old.


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12 comments
lund519
lund519

I felt that it might be more appropriate to save this for a later date, but maybe it is okay to talk about this now.  There are so many people who are silently suffering and so depressed now than ever before.  We hear stories about how great things are coming around for everyone else but nothing is happening for us; we hear about weddings and new arrivals and again nothing for us...I want to center this discussion around what is happening when our anxiety and depression is being treated (and recognized) but the medications/therapy is no longer working or is at a plateau.  I think that's something that doctors, friends, family - it's hard to talk about because they don't know what to do about it either.  It's a scary place to be because unlike the helplines, there are some things in life that feel completely unfixable and when you've spent 10-15 years 'talking it out' or taking anti-depressants or doing group or whatever - what now?  

 

As a generation of people who were diagnosed with depression and anxiety through suicidal thoughts, we have to start talking about how we are going to go through life once the meds stop working and the talk therapy is no longer helping.  And of course, how we will pay for this is a whole other issue.  I didn't know Tim Allen, but I know the pain of being at that point in the middle of the night, and I hope he is free.

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

Eric I would eat you alive LOL!

Jeff Cagle
Jeff Cagle

That's really sad to hear. Thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Ran Tua, if my child was as ugly and cross-eyed as yours is I would contemplate suicide too.

Patricia Castillo
Patricia Castillo

You wear that ass hat like no other, Ran Tua. Stay classy, asshole.

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

The wolves are pretty bad ...I contemplated suicide myself after last season ....too soon??

Kristina Rosillo
Kristina Rosillo

tim was an amazing guy and will be very much missed but never forgotten in the basketball community.... may he finally find peace ....

Deb Balzer
Deb Balzer

Heartbreaking - so young and so tragic.

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