Death Of New York Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam Ruled A Suicide

July 27, 2017  |  


This past Spring we reported that Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first Black woman to serve as New York State’s associate judge was found dead in the Hudson River.

While some were quick to write her death off as self inflicted, others believed there was foul play involved.

Her family, including her husband Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, denied the claims of suicide. Jacobs released a statement calling the claims irresponsible and unwarranted.

Yesterday, however, a medical examiner ruled that Abdus-Salaam’s death was the result of a drowning by suicide.

Days after her body was discovered, footage of Abdus-Salaam walking along the 7th Avenue between 131 and 145 streets.

That day she’d called her assistant to say that she wasn’t going to be coming into work because she was sick.

She was seen another time W. 145th St. entrance of Riverbank State Park around 12:30 a.m. on April 12. Her body was found later that day at 1:30 p.m.

While her husband didn’t believe suicide was a possible cause, according to the New York Business Journal, her friends did admit that Abdus-Salaam suffered from depression.


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