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Soap Actor's Suicide

Condo Board Member

Accepts NO Responsibility

1/29/2012 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A member of the condo board that Nick Santino said pressured him to euthanize his pit-bull -- a decision that drove him to suicide -- says the condo board is NOT responsible for his death.

Board member Marilyn Fireman says she is sorry that Santino is dead, but says it has nothing to do with the building's no-pet policy. She tells the NY Post, "You just assumed that [his suicide] was a result of a board’s decision."

Fireman did concede Santino routinely complained about the building’s anti-dog policies.

Santino's sister tells the paper the family is holding off on funeral arrangements until the dead dog's ashes are brought home ... saying, "They'll be buried together."

Santino had his beloved and healthy pit-bull Rocco put to sleep on Tuesday, Santino's 47th birthday. A few hours later, he overdosed on pills.

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16.

Fan    

Folks, get the big picture here!!!


The death of the dog did NOT trigger his suicide. Santino decided to kill himself, then he decided he did not want to leave his dog alone in the world. So he killed his dog first.


Cowards kill themselves. The worst cowards kill their dogs first. What a tool.

966 days ago
17.

Morgan    

He had so many options concerning his plight.The guy had a pit bull in a no dogs building...move. If he loved his dog,and it was healthy as stated, find a happy home for him. He was carrying way more baggage than the dog situation.

966 days ago
18.

Themaestrosgirl    

I don't understand why he didn't just move? There's got to be more to this story. I think this Marilyn Fireman was mad that the dog had been "grandfathered in" and made this guy's life miserable to "mark her territory". And if Santino had emotional issues, shame on the board for taking advantage of someone in a weakened state.

966 days ago
19.

Missy    

It's sad that he felt he didn't have any other options other than death for him and his dog :( Good lesson for people on how they treat others, you never know what may be going on in their lives and how your actions could make them go over the edge.

966 days ago
20.

donna    

obviously there was more going on there that pushed him over the edge but the nonchalant answer of the board is bull****.. sorry that your sorry but that doesnt make anyone feel any better....

966 days ago
21.

Lin    

This is really a sad story.I personally would never live in a condo.These "board members" have too much control over a person's life.Especially if someone has a grudge against another tenant.They can always find around their by-laws and make your life a personal hell. A friend of mine is going through this right now.But I do agree with other posters, he should have tried to find a good home for his friend,Rocco before having him destroyed...Sad.

966 days ago
22.

dee    

okay maybe I'm not understanding, but why didn't he just move to a place that accepts pets? Or at least find a friend to keep his pet until he could find someone else to stay? Must be more to this story that could have saved 2 lives.............

966 days ago
23.

Austxgal    

Condo members have to cover themselves from litigation, so of course they will not accept responsibility. But on the otherhand, if there is a no dog policy - why didn't the guy and the pitt just move to another place? This is a free country....

966 days ago
24.

derrick    

This is sad when you think that you can't live without an animal? And that you would just die, if you can't have your dog? This man was mentally ill.

966 days ago
25.

anon    

I think he suffered from severe depression, and because of that he was incapable of thinking of any other recourse than the one he chose. Very sad.

RIP Nick.

966 days ago
26.

pattycake    

The board member should rot in hell and he should have gone to a DR and had a medical excuse written for the dog as a therapy dog. Poor guy and yes they are responsible for his death and the dog's death too. These condo boards are out of control. PSYCHOS. Hey Marilyn ..we will see you on your block... bitc%

966 days ago
27.

Alexis    

No common sense in this world now, why not move to a house that accomadates dogs, or give him away to a close friend than putting a perfectly HEALTHY dog to sleep??? Has the world gone mad? and these buildings who ban animals also have no souls. they should die alone.

966 days ago
28.

kare    

I don't understand why he killed himself just because he put down his dog...or why he put down the dog in the 1st place. I had to put down a cat I'd had since I was 9 years old in 2010 when I was 20. I guarantee I had that cat a lot longer than he had his dog,and I managed not to kill myself over it. Everyone has their own way of coping with depression,but he could have made better choices.

966 days ago
29.

KET    

This is a sad story, but I don't see it the way a lot of people do. I think he was severely depressed--and I think he was contemplating suicide and was afraud if what would happen to his dog if he did. This is a rare, but not unheard of situation (people who are terminally ill sometimes euthanize their pets because of it). His dog had been grandfathered in--the condo board's policy didn't apply to his dog. And, if complaints (legitimate or not) were making it difficult to keep his dog there, it wasn't PRISON. He could have found somewhere else to live--or found a permanent or temporary home for the dog. The fact that he felt no way out--to the extent that he took extreme measures by euthanizing the dog AND by committing suicide--is a sign of significant mental issues, not due to a stupid condo rule. Tragic, but people are looking too hard to find someone else to blame.

966 days ago
30.

dd    

Why did he move there? Why did he have his dog put down, Why did he really kill himself? It's not the boards fault.

966 days ago
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