Jack Semmens, Director of Over 30 Music Videos, Commits Suicide
British author and music video director Jack Semmens has died after using a US-bought suicide kit, the Hastings Observer reports.
Responsible for directing over 30 music videos, Semmens was also a respected writer.
According to the Hastings Press, Semmens was once married to painter Janet Moodie. The couple had five children but divorced after 18 years. After playing with several rock bands, the director began a career in advertising that culminated in award-winning work at J. Walter Thompson.
Semmens worked in television for two years before starting his own company Chase Films, where he worked making music videos for R&B singer Sade, Barbra Streisand, Alison Moyet and many others. Semmens was said to be working on a crime novel around the time of his death.
The author was found dead in his East Sussex, England home last Thursday (July 7), after calls from friends were never returned. Just before ending his life, Semmens sent the Hastings Observer's chief reporter Richard Morris a suicide note written in third-person.
"£10,000 to Dignitas? I don't think so!" Semmens writes in the email, referring to the Swiss-based group that performs assisted deaths on the terminally ill. The director ended his note "So many people live far too long." There is currently no information on when the funeral will be. Mr. Semmens was in his 60s.
Watch Sade's video for 'Your Love Is King.'
Watch Barbra Streisand's video for 'Stranger in a Strange Land.'