Oro pianist hangs self, dies

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

A 57-YEAR-OLD pianist hanged himself on a tree Thursday noon near the riverside in Barangay 15, a village official said.

Barangay 15 councilor Claro Banahan identified the victim as Milo Dangga, a resident of the said barangay.

Banahan said Dangga was a popular and an in-demand pianist who performed in various events of high-profile organizations in Cagayan de Oro City.

Elmer, Dangga’s younger brother, said their family has no idea why their sibling committed suicide, as the latter was not vocal of his problems and concerns in life.

The victim is single and has no children, his brother said.

But Elmer said that Dangga was diagnosed with having a spot in one of his lungs and was advised by his doctor to stay at home and rest.

The victim’s younger brother suspected Dangga must have been exasperated with his doctor’s advice, as he was used to work late at night due to the nature of his job.

Dangga was said to have been taking medication for his illness.

Elmer said his brother must have felt bad with his doctor’s advice in December, the month when his demand for piano performance was high.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) saw no foul play of the incident.

Soco’s Dr. Christian Caballes said forensics saw no signs of struggles and the incident site showed no proof of any foul play.

Caballes said Dangga tried to end his life by cutting a nerve on his hand, but when he did not die from the cut, he hanged himself on the tree using a water hose instead.

He said Dangga died approximately six hours before he was discovered by young boys who did some quarrying beside the river in Barangay Carmen.

Dangga was found hanging on the tree with the hose on his neck, wearing nothing but his underwear.

Caballes suspected Dangga could have undressed himself before he committed suicide.

Elmer also said some of their neighbors saw his older brother at a hanging bridge in the area, as if surveying where to hold the suicide two days ago.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 03, 2014.

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