Nick Starr, a San Francisco man who has garnered media attention for threatening suicide on his Twitter account in recent years did it again Sunday, warning that he planned to jump off the Bay Bridge.
The California Highway Patrol scoured the bridge around 10 p.m. Sunday after receiving calls from concerned Twitter followers that Nick Starr, 30, had announced he would jump from the span. No jumper was found, CHP spokesman Officer Shawn Chase said.
In a series of Twitter posts Sunday, Starr warned of his demise.
“Heading to the Bay Bridge,” he wrote in one post. “Less security there than Golden Gate. Checked out of my place for the last time.”
His Twitter account went dark for more than 37 hours. Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, a new post stated that Starr had gone to the hospital for help and planned to have lunch.
Two years ago, he posted on Twitter that he intended to leap off the Golden Gate Bridge. In 2007, the Florida native frightened followers after tweeting that he planned to jump from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, Fla.
The 2007 incident was the lead subject in a New York Times story about Twitter’s emerging impact on real-life social interactions.
Starr posts often on Twitter. Many of his messages discuss feeling unloved.
“No one wants me alive, yet no one will kill me,” he wrote in a post Sunday, adding that he would take out a life insurance policy if someone kills him.
While threatening to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008, he said he had been “in and out of ‘counseling’ and mental wards since 2nd grade” and “should of been aborted by my mother who doesn’t even love me.”
Starr has had both sympathizers and critics. Some have described him as an attention seeker pining for Internet fame.
In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Starr insisted that his suicide threat was no hoax and that he had been drinking and felt depressed.
When asked why he would post his suicidal thoughts on Twitter, he said, “I don’t have a best friend, I don’t have someone I can go and talk to.”
So Starr chose to talk to his 4,000 Twitter followers, many of whom urged the unemployed information technology analyst not to end his life.
Starr said an acquaintance intercepted him in San Francisco before he could it make it to the Bay Bridge. He said he was later released from the hospital on the condition that he see a psychologist.