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'Bachelorette' Contestant Julien Hug: Suicide Was 'Smart Way Out'

Former 'Bachelorette' contestant Julien Hug, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the Californian desert, told his family he was choosing the 'smart way out' by taking his own life.

"Dear Mom and Dad," Hug began in the handwritten note to his parents. "I'm sorry to do this."

"I feel terribly about the grief I've caused. The phantom stomach aches that I have hurts me tremendously. I've suffered from severe depression for years. I feel awful and don't know how to cope."

"If life's not enjoyable, why stick around?," he asked. "This will hurt you. I'm sorry to have to do this to you. I love you both tremendously. You two are the best parents. You both are 99.999999999 better than most. You guys did it right."

"I am so sorry to do this to you. I feel only love for you mom and dad. But I'm terribly sad everyday. I hurt. People will think I took the easy way out. I say I took the smart way out."

"Tell everyone I love them. Make sure everyone knows that I just want to be in peace. I love everyone. I'm so sorry to have to do this. It's the only way I know how. -- Julien."

Hug's suicide note was read at his funeral on Friday at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, California. His girlfriend said the former 'Bachelorette' contestant "loathed being asked about the show."

November 15, 2010 |

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