By Oriana Johnson
Suicide is a tragedy which can ripple through a family, through friends, through colleagues and the wider community. It's a constant grief which doesn't end. A sad case of death by suicide is of Seiji Takechi [竹地盛治], who was 24 when he died, ending his promising boxing career.
Takechi was a Japanese super welterweight who's professional career spanned from 1997 to 2001, during which time he amassed a 10-3-2 (2) professional record. Whilst that alone isn't too remarkable his career left us with a lot of questions, questions that really came to the fore when he ended his career, with his suicide. At the time Takechi was the OPBF Light Middleweight champion, winning a belt in his 4th attempt, and did so by inflicting the first loss on Nobuhiro Ishida.
Sadly Takechi never went on to defend the title, or build on his career defining win. Sadly taking his own life only a few months later.
Takechi died by hanging, ruled a suicide, which occurred on August 10th 2001, just 3 months after his victory over Ishida. He was found hanged near the canal at the Kotohira-gu Shrine at 6.40am by local police.
The biggest question left after a death by suicide is "why?" Why did they chose to end their life?
When it comes to Takechi's death there are rumours of an affair, although unverified, and rumours of an issue present at the Gym where he trained, but these are also unverified. Both are situations where a person might feel they are at rock bottom.
But as stated Takeji Seiji was the OPBF Light Middleweight champion at the time of his death by suicide. A champion can hit rock bottom, and most likely suffered a great deal of pain, either emotionally or through a psychological condition. Another theory, is that Takechi achieved what he wanted to achieve, and after that what was left for him?
This is backed up by research into Japanese suicide's, which explained a large number of suicides by young adults in the country was because they had lost the value in their own life, or existential suffering (Ozawa-de Silva, 2008). Takechi was the champion, and died as the champion. The champion, unfortunately, with no tomorrow.
If you are struggling with your mental health; please seek out support and help from your local crisis centre. You are not alone.
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