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Posted inCrime & Safety, Fire, Schools

Potentially hazardous chemical suicide in Berkeley called for collaborative response, cautious approach

The death by chemical suicide earlier this week of a former UC Berkeley professor left many in the community reeling with disbelief. Berkeleyside’s revelation that the person found dead in a room at the Berkeley City Club was Sydney Kustu, who killed herself on her 71st birthday using a potentially deadly chemical called sodium azide, […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Elderly woman commits suicide with toxic chemical at Berkeley City Club, leaves note to warn authorities

UPDATE, March 19: Authorities identified the woman who was found dead at the Berkeley City Club on Tuesday as 71-year-old Sydney Kustu. Read more about Kustu in Berkeleyside’s follow-up story, published Wednesday. UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: The person who committed suicide today at the Berkeley City Club was an 80-year-old woman who killed herself in her room using sodium […]