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Boston Episcopal Bishop Kills Himself

Mon., Jan. 16, 1995

The bishop of the nation’s largest Episcopal diocese was found dead in his home Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bishop David E. Johnson, 61, who had announced his retirement and was to begin a sabbatical next month, committed suicide, apparently on Saturday, diocesan spokesman Jay Cormier said. Police said he died of a rifle shot.

Diocesan officials said they had no idea why Johnson killed himself. He was married and had three grown children.


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