Suicide outside San Francisco police station was Thrasher magazine co-founder

VIA – San Francisco Examiner:

Suicide outside San Francisco police station was Thrasher magazine co-founder

By: Mike Aldax | Examiner Staff Writer | 06/23/11 4:00 AM

The man who ended his life in front of the Mission Police Station on Monday was a skateboarding icon and co-founder of San Francisco-based Thrasher magazine.

Skaters worldwide are mourning the loss of Eric Swenson, 64, of Potrero Hill, whose local manufacturing and publishing ventures helped launch a massive and lasting subculture.

Swenson shot himself around 8:30 a.m. without going inside the police station or talking to any officers. Swenson may have chosen the police station to end his life in order to spare his loved ones from finding him, said Gwynn Vitello, Thrasher’s publisher and wife of Swenson’s late business partner.

Swenson leaves behind his wife, Linda, and sister Rebekah.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/suicide-outside-police-station-was-thrasher-magazine-co-founder#ixzz1Q8CRAcw3

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