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Luke Richardson discusses daughter’s suicide, promotes ‘Do it for Daron’ campaign

While the act of suicide seems like a very personal and sad decision, such a choice can have a huge impact on that person’s family. Former NHL defenseman Luke Richardson’s family was devastated by the death of 14-year-old daughter Daron in November, but they are trying to raise awareness regarding the issue by running a “Do it for Daron” campaign.

Next Tuesday, February 8th will mark a big day for that campaign, as Alan Adams of NHL Fanhouse reports that the group’s first annual Do it For Daron Purple Pledge day will take place. Adams writes that Richardson hopes to raise money and awareness to treat mental health issues that might lead to suicides.

Richardson himself donated $100,000 to the cause, matching the impressive amount reportedly generated by Daron’s high school friends.

“At that very tragic time in November we made the decision to speak publicly about suicide because we wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives,” Richardson told reporters. “We want to be honest in the hopes we can help another family avoid the loss of someone special to them.”

Richardson said his family’s own lack of knowledge “put us in this path of disbelief, sorrow and despair.”

Richardson also appealed to parents, coaches, teachers and friends to reach out to someone on Feb. 8 and talk about depression, mental health and suicide.

“We have an opportunity to be a model for other cities and communities,” Richardson said. “We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide.”

To learn more about the “D.I.F.D.” campaign, visit the Web site.

(Photo via NHL Fanhouse and Getty Images.)

Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson’s daughter dies

Horrible news out of Ottawa tonight: Daron Richardson died after being rushed to the hospital on Friday night. Daron was the 14-year-old daughter of former player and Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson.

Here is more information about the awful situation from the Associated Press.

Daron Richardson, 14, was rushed to the hospital Friday, the Senators said in a statement.

“There was an accident at their home (Friday) and Daron tried to take her life by hanging,” the statement read. “Her mother found her in the basement, and Daron was rushed to the hospital by ambulance where she remained in critical condition in ICU until she succumbed to her injuries.”

Luke Richardson played 21 seasons in the NHL with Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Columbus, Tampa Bay and Ottawa. He retired in 2008, finishing with 35 goals and 166 assists in 1,417 games.

Our hearts go out to Luke and his family on what must be a very difficult night.