Fred Dewilde, comic book author and survivor of the Bataclan attack, committed suicide

Fred Dewilde, comic book author and survivor of the Bataclan attack, committed suicide
Fred Dewilde, comic book author and survivor of the Bataclan attack, committed suicide

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This Bataclan survivor was haunted by the trauma he experienced on November 13, 2015.

A comic strip writer who survived the Bataclan, Fred Dewilde, who recounted his trauma after the attacks of November 13, 2015, committed suicide, an association of survivors of these attacks announced on Tuesday.

This death, which occurred on Sunday, was announced on the X platform by Life for Paris and confirmed to AFP by one of Fred Dewilde’s publishers, Éditions Belin. The association published a text from the family of this father of three children, who states that he “ended his life […] overcome by the violence of the traumas against which he fought tirelessly.

This family accuses “the terrorists” of being responsible for his death: “They killed him a second time”. She recalls that Fred Dewilde told his story in front of middle school students, to convey “his faith in tolerance and his refusal of all forms of hatred”. Life for Paris describes Fred Dewilde as a “pillar” of the association, which claims 650 members.

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Originally a graphic designer, who came to the Eagles of Death Metal concert for his love of rock, he is the author of four comic strips, between 2016 and 2022, which testify to his difficulty in living after the attack: “My Bataclan” , “The Bite”, “Conversation with My Death” and “The Thrill of Death”. In the first, he wrote: “The enemy is fanaticism, it is fear, it is the madness that leads to war.” But also his daily discouragement.

Several suicides after the Bataclan trauma

On November 13, 2015, 90 spectators at the Parisian concert hall were killed by three jihadists, while two other commandos sowed death elsewhere in Paris and its surroundings. In total, 130 people were killed in a few hours, in the deadliest attacks ever committed in France.

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The lawyers of two survivors who ended their lives, respectively in November 2017 and November 2021, demanded from the courts that the number of recognized victims be increased to 132. The general counsel for the 2021-2022 trial also affirmed , in his indictment, that the attacks had “left 132 dead”.

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