Nikolai Gogol and the Death of his Father

When the writer Gogol was sixteen, his father became ill and died two years later at the age of forty-three. On hearing the news, he wrote to his mother "True, at first I was terribly stricken by this news; however, I didn't let anyone know I was saddened. But when I was left alone, I gave myself up to all the power of mad desperation. I even wanted to make an attempt on my own life." This is exactly what Gogol did more than twenty years later, when he committed suicide through starvation at the age of forty-three. Shortly before he died, he said his father had died at the same age and "of the same disease."

— excerpt from The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression by Darian Leader