Tragic gay Atlanta suicide ends in apartment pool

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A 49-year-old gay Atlanta man found bound to a chair submerged in the pool of a Brookhaven apartment complex killed himself, authorities said Monday.

The body of Todd Andries was found about 10 a.m. on Friday, fully clothed and attached to a chair in the pool of the Marquis Villa Apartments on Buford Highway where he once lived. Brookhaven police initially called his death suspicious. But on Monday, investigators said there were no signs of a struggle or foul play.

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a “suicide by asphyxiation,” according to a statement from Brookhaven police. A spokesperson for the medical examiner could not be reached on Monday.

Police said Andries' body was found along with a note and other information that hinted at a suicide. Andries had a history of depression, police said.  

The statement from police described a ghastly scene:

The body was attached to a chair that had come from the furniture located at the swimming pool. Both feet were bound together and attached to the chair using duct tape. The left wrist was bound to the left arm of the chair also using duct tape. The right hand and arm was free. Duct tape had been used to cover his face, mouth, and nose area from ear to ear. A black plastic bag was used to cover the head but was not tied or attached in any way.

Police said they found duct tape at the pool along with the note.

Andries, a Louisiana native, studied at Northeast Louisiana University and had worked at Brookhaven UMC and Convergys, a large customer management firm, according to his Facebook profile. An online resume indicates the former software support analyst worked as a self-employed personal assistant and volunteer since 2008. Police said he still lived in Brookhaven. 

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