Encylopedia Britannica COO Commits Suicide In Gurgaon

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-05-16 10:30:00.0Category:  Others
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Vineet Whig, the chief operating officer of the South Asia division of Encylopedia Britannica, was found dead by cleaning staff on Sunday morning. The police said he allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the 19th floor of a building in DLF Phase-III Gurgaon. A suicide note was found in Whig’s pocket read: “I am taking my own life, no one is responsible. I am unable to cope. I am sorry. I am depressed. I see no way out except for suicide. Yes, I am a coward. I should have faced life.”

The body was found in the ventilation shaft of Block-C by sweepers when they went to clean it at 9 AM on Sunday. They informed the society security control room which told the family and thereafter the police was informed at 9.45 AM. According to the family, Whig went for his morning walk but did not return home on his usual time. They did not find anything suspicious as sometimes he would get late. The top executive had also worked with IT giant Wipro before joining Britannica. “CCTV footage is being examined to verify the details and ascertain the sequence of events,” Singh added. Whig lived in Block-D of DLF Belvedere Park and is survived with his wife, two sons and a daughter. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., is a general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia. It is written by about 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 contributors, who have included 110 Nobel Prize winners and five American presidents. The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still in production.


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