Year: 2001 Source: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, v.22, no.2, (June 2001), p.169-172 SIEC No: 20080082

All cases referred to the Medical Examiner’s Office at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1988-1997 were reviewed. There were 78 cases of suicide in victims 65 years & older. The ages of these victims ranged from 65 to 94 years. Men comprised 85% of cases, & whites, 94%. The male-to-female & white-to-black ratios were 6:1 & 15:1, respectively. Gunshot wound was the most common method of suicide. (10 refs.)