Ashley Riggitano Death: Fashionista Leaves "Suicide Diary," "Grudge List" Behind
Ashley Riggitano, 22, committed suicide by jumping off New York City’s George Washington Bridge on Wednesday. But that’s only part of the sad story.
The blonde fashionista left behind a “suicide diary” in her Louis Vuitton bag with the names of enemies on a “grudge list,” according to reports.
According to authorities, Riggitano deliberately placed her designer purse in the walkway of the famous NYC bridge before leaping to her death.
Commuters watched in shock as she plunged into the Hudson River and sank into the depths, from which the harbor patrol pulled out her lifeless body.
The intern for NY-based jewelry and fashion designer Alex Woo answered many questions about her fatal leap in handwritten notes she left behind.
In those notes, Ashley Riggitano detailed how she was tormented by five individual girls, whom she demanded were not invited to her funeral.
“All my other ‘friends’ are in it for gossip,” she wrote cryptically. “Never there.”
Riggitano, originally of Paramus, N.J., also vented her anger at a man whom she claimed mistreated her, and said she hopes he “gets what he deserves.”
The aspiring designer had a history of emotional issues and had tried to commit suicide at least once before, according to the New York Post.
Prescription drugs Adderall (usually prescribed for ADHD) and Klonopin (which treats panic attacks and seizures) were both found in her purse.
Riggitano graduated from Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in Manhattan this year, after which she interned at high-profile fashion companies.
She also began her own business called Missfits, where she designed and sold bracelets. So what drove her to give up such a promising career and life?
Who knows, but some people close to her are more upset than anything.
Wednesday, Riggitano’s business partner, Victoria Van Thunen, wrote a scathing message on her Facebook page slamming her so-called best friend.
“Those who incessantly blame others as the cause of their issues should perhaps take a step back and reevaluate these situations,” wrote Thunen.
Accusing her friend of taking the easy way out, she adds, “The common thread may be that ‘they’ aren’t the problem, but rather that YOU are.’”
The other girls Riggitano blames in her diary appear to be friends from college or work, but from the notes it was not clear whether their “offenses” were real.