Double tragedy as surgeon recently divorced from TV personality wife jumps from bridge in Fort Lee, NJ
Robert Ashton, 52, was divorced from ABC News doctor Jennifer Ashton, two weeks ago
Jumped to his death from the span of George Washington Bridge around 8:40 a.m. Saturday
The couple who earlier said their divorce was amicable shared custody of a teenage son and daughter
Alleged suicide victim, Dr Robert Ashton Jr [right] with his recently divorced wife, ABC News doctor, Jennifer Ashton
Dr. Robert C. Ashton Jr. 52, director of thoracic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and chief thoracic surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center, it was reported, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, early Saturday morning.
Dr Jennifer Ashton, ABC News doctor, was divorced from the surgeon 2 weeks ago
The 25-year veteran surgeon and ex-husband of ABC News’ chief women’s health correspondent killed himself by leaping off the George Washington Bridge, it was reported Sunday, two weeks after getting a divorce from Dr. Jennifer Ashton. He allegedly jumped from the span around 8:40 a.m. Saturday, the Fort Lee Daily Voice reports.
At the time of his death, Robert Ashton served as the thoracic surgery director at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY and chief thoracic surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. He lived across the street from his ex wife’s, Dr Jennifer Ashton in Fort Lee, NJ, as they shared two teenage children, Alex and Chloe, together.
“Our hearts r broken that the father of my teenage children took his own life yesterday,” Jennifer Ashton wrote in a Facebook post, in the wake of the announcement of the apparent suicide of her recently divorced husband.
“As an MD he helped so many and we will remember his warmth generosity and kindness.”
The former couple with their children: Dr Jennifer Aston [second left], daughter Chloe [third left], son Alex [second right], and Dr. Robert C. Ashton Jr. [far right]
Jennifer Ashton posted this message on Facebook, following the apparent suicide of her ex-husband
Although she didn’t specify what drove her ex to suicide, Jennifer Ashton said his death should serve as a wake-up call to anyone with a loved one suffering from depression.
“We know that many families struggle everyday with depression while others like us don’t have any warning,” she wrote. “We hope by sharing some of Rob’s story it will save others the heartache we feel. You are never alone. Pls get help. May he Rest In Peace.”
Robert Ashton, a veteran surgeon, recognized internationally in his field, had extensive experience in clinical medicine and surgery. He was a renowned academic with more than 75 original manuscripts and abstracts to his credit.
His body was recovered at Hazard’s Dock in Palisades Interstate Park.