A young entrepreneur sent a heartbreaking email days before he took his own life.
New Zealander Jake Millar died on Sunday, November 28, in Kenya just eight months after the businessman moved there from his home country.
The 26-year-old is a former Forbes 30 under 30 star and he had recently sold his business-education start-up, Unfiltered.
The entrepreneur had been successful as a teenager after starting the company Oompher when he was still in high school, which he later sold to the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.
Millar struggled with the scrutiny after selling his motivational video platform Unfiltered, once valued at $12 million (£6.43 million), to Crimson Education for $120,000 (£64,345) in cash and shares.
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This deal allegedly upset investors and led to criticism from the Kiwi press about his perceived risk-taking approach to business.
Millar had moved to Kenya to seek refuge and his friend, Kiwi scientist and social entrepreneur, Sir Raymond Avery has said since his death that the media "ran" Jake out of New Zealand.
Sir Avery shared an email that Millar sent to him and his wife, Anna, just days prior to his death in Kenya.
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"You are two of the most beautiful people in the world," Millar wrote.
"Thank you for looking after me when I was actively trying to die because of the media tsunami in NZ.
"The NZ media can be so nasty and being away from NZ I'm starting to feel more optimistic about the future. Love to you both."
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In a post made on LinkedIn, Sir Avery blasted the New Zealand media for the "killer headlines" and "trial by media" Millar endured before his death.
"This was Jake’s major crime – ‘he was a charismatic tall poppy’ – and NZ does not tolerate tall poppies and the NZ media literally ran Jake out of town," he wrote.
"Left alone with just the ‘trial by media’ comments recirculating in his head Jake took the final step to make the pain go away."
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In March, Millar told Spin Off that his business had "commercially failed" and that he had no obligations to any investors, and was looking to do something new and different.
He admitted that he had arrived in Nairobi with "no business idea, no capital and quite frankly, no clue".
Millar had faced media criticism over his spending, designer clothes and jet-setting holidays, which increased in intensity after his business failure.
He had also started a self-titled foundation aimed at preventing youth suicide and auctioned off paintings with the proceeds going towards the charity.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister, Sir John Key described Millar's death as heartbreaking.
"From the first time I met him, I knew he was someone special," the politician said.
"He had a mixture of courage, warmness, intellect and a maturity and strength to deal with adversity, which is never easy for a young person. I respected him and I will miss him."
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