New details have emerged surrounding longtime Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale's tragic suicide last week, with New York Times editorial board member Ernesto Londoño revealing the circumstances and final messages the veteran reporter delivered to his loved ones prior to his death.
Londoño, who was close friends with Di-Natale, described the reporter as having an "infectious laugh" and an excellent sense of humor. With a deep love for his career, he said that Di-Natale was "happiest in war zones, and often restless in the United States."
In a letter written to one of his closest friends — an unnamed individual who lives in Great Britain — explaining his suicide, Di-Natale reportedly said that he had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in October 2012 and had subsequently sought treatment without making the issue public.
Former Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale was found dead of an apparent suicide last Wednesday, the network said. (Image source: Fox News)
Beyond that, though, the reporter also told friends he had been experiencing debilitating physical ailments that deeply plagued him.
Di-Natale, who had epilepsy as a child, started having seizures again this past June, telling one of his friends, Kathleen Perry, that he also began experiencing memory loss and ongoing headaches, according to Londoño.
After seeing a neurologist, Di-Natale said that a scan revealed brain damage, which might have been caused by concussions he sustained in Iraq in 2009 and in Afghanistan in 2011, his letter explained.
While additional details about his physical condition weren't given, Di-Natale reportedly told his unnamed friend in his note that the situation was grave, writing, "I cannot live like that. Nor can I bear the thought of those around me watching me degenerate."
He also expressed fears in his letter about his two cats, asking his friend to find a home for them.
"The girls don’t deserve an early end to their lives because of a cowardly owner," he wrote.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren revealed last week that Di-Natale had asked her weeks ago to take his cats, though she didn't think too deeply at the time about his request.
"He emailed me a few weeks ago asking if I wanted his cats because he knows I love animals. I thought it odd but obviously missed that clue," she wrote last week on her Facebook page. "He had an excuse — that he had to move out of his place in LA. I never dreamed he was just making his plans and taking care of things."
Watch Van Susteren speak with Di-Natale in a past interview about his career below:
Di-Natale amicably parted ways with Fox News on November 30, proceeding to take some time off. It was just days later, though, that he sent Perry a text message detailing his location moments just before he used a gun to end his life.
"This is where the authorities can find me. I cannot live and diminish with this illness," he wrote. "To my father, to you and to those I have hurt and inconvenienced, I am so very, very sorry."
As TheBlaze previously reported, Di-Natale was described by Fox News in the wake of his death as a “versatile reporter comfortable at the keyboard or in front of the camera."
He had covered some of the biggest news stories over the years, most recently heading to Ferguson, Missouri, to cover the protests that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Read more about Di-Natale's tragic death here.