New Year had not augured well for the Indian community in Oz when a 36-year-old Melbourne resident Ramandeep Singh Hothi committed suicide in the early hours of Wednesday, January 4.
Mr Hothi's wife and two children were back in India at the time of the incident.
Apparently, Mr Hothi had made a final call to his cousin back in India telling him it was his “final call” at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4, just before ending his life.
Understandably worried, Mr Hothi's cousin had then desperately tried contacting some of his friends in Melbourne, which went unanswered in the wee hours of the night.
The police had attended the incident upon receiving information later in the day.
"Police attended the death of a 36-year-old man in Sydenham yesterday about 12.15pm.
The death is not being treated as suspicious, and police will prepare a report for the Coroner," Victoria Police said in a statement.
Mr Hothi ran a transport business in Melbourne and apparently maintained a "strong man image" among his friends and acquaintances, who were expectedly shocked with the news.
One such griever, Samrinder Singh, commented on Mr Hothi's Facebook page "cannot believe bro, strong man like you should not take this step, very sad news."
Malkit Singh Warraich, another shocked acquaintance, commented on Mr Hothi's social media page "rest in peace Hothi Saab, a shocking start of the year, never imagined you would do that!"
Where to get help:
• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youth services: (06) 3555 906 (Palmerston North and Levin)
• Youthline: 0800 376 633
• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
• Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (available 24/7)
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.