Four siblings commit suicide in Istanbul over financial problems

The Turkish police on Wednesday discovered the dead bodies of four siblings who committed suicide together in their home in Istanbul’s Fatih district, likely over economic problems, left-wing Evrensel newspaper reported.

The findings in the police’s initial investigation indicate that the two women and two men, all middle-aged, committed suicide by taking anti-depressants. The siblings left a note to their neighbours saying, “be careful, there is cyanide inside, call the police, do not enter.”

While police searched the home, officials from Istanbul’s electricity distribution company arrived to cut electricity to the siblings’ flat due to an unpaid 607-lira ($105) bill, Evrensel said. 

The owner of a grocery shop in the neighbourhood told Evrensel that he had seen one of the sisters, a music teacher, on Saturday. 

“Four siblings lived in the same house, all of them were unmarried. But they had problems, financial problems,” the grocer said. “When she came for shopping the last time on Saturday, she said her salary had been confiscated,” he said, citing the music teacher. 

A report by fact-checking organisation Teyit said financial problems were one of the main factors driving the 3,069 suicides in 2017. That figure rose to 3,161 in 2018, when a major currency crisis pushed Turkey into a technical recession.