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Coroner releases cause of death of Jackfroot co-founder

The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Administrator’s office today said that Jackfroot co-founder David Nguyen died by suicide.

Police discovered the 27 year old’s body on Hassler Parkway in San Jose on March 5.

No further details have been released as the investigator’s office says its inquiry remains ongoing saying further questions needed to be answered.

Nguyen’s sister, Phuong Nguyen, is organizing a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money in David’s memory on behalf of three charities:

1. NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

2. TAAF: The Asian American Foundation

3. Stop AAPI hate

So far more than $25,000 has been raised.

Among the donors is his father, Victor Nguyen, who wrote “To my son, Rest in eternal peace. I’ll always love and miss you. “HồI hướng Công Đức, cầu siêu cho David Nguyễn. Pháp danh Nhật Tâm.”

His sister called him an advocate for fighting Asian hate while also promoting Asian success.

“It became his life’s mission to spread awareness on important issues affecting Asians all over the world,” she wrote. “He fought selflessly for victims of Asian hate and to unite the Asian community through current events. He was steadfast in making sure the AAPI community had a voice. It was not enough for him to be successful, he wanted his family, friends and community to flourish as well.”

David used his large social media platform to highlight both the good and the bad that has been happened over the years.

She said none of the money raised will go towards the funeral or the family. She said that her brother would have wanted the money to go to charity.

“We miss you, David. We hope you can see all the good you’ve done and the impact you’ve made in the time you were with us. We hope you find peace. You will forever be in our hearts, and never forgotten.❤️”

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

If you or a loved one has considered suicide, you can get help by calling or texting the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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