Bullied gay teen who hanged himself, dies after clinging to life for 16 days


LA GRANDE, Ore. — Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old gay teen who hanged himself two weeks ago after complaining of bullying, died Sunday afternoon at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Portland.

Jadin Bell

Jadin was taken off life support more than a week ago after tests showed no brain activity.

Bud Hill, a close family friend, told The Oregonian earlier this week that Jadin, who was openly gay, had complained the week prior that he was being bullied, and had talked to a counselor at La Grande High School, where he was a sophomore.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Jadin went to the playground of Central Elementary School, climbed on a play structure and hanged himself.

Hill said Saturday that doctors expected Jadin to pass by this weekend; his mother, father and an aunt and uncle in the Portland area were said to be by his side.

Developing story, stay tuned for updates.

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