With the rumors and questions still surrounding Julien Hug's suicide, his parents have just released a statement about their son's tragic death. Bertrand and Denise Hug tell People, "Our son meant the world to us and this came as a complete shock...We are beyond devastated and completely distraught...What we saw was his thirst for life with fast cars, motorcycles and his love of skydiving."
Unfortunately, Julien's zeal for life also masked a hidden pain. This week, Julien died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was later found on Wednesday, November 3, in a remote, rugged area within the San Bernadino National Forest. Before his suicide, Julien left behind letters to his parents, coworkers, and girlfriend. These notes explained his painful decision to end his life. The Hug family states: "In his letter to us he stated that he was suffering from acute depression and he felt it was his only way out...While publicly outgoing he was an extremely private person who internalized everything."
Nonetheless, his parents were quick to emphasize Julien's warm and caring personality. "To us Julien was as beautiful inside as he was outside and we wish to have him remembered in this way, a way he deserves and would appreciate, not by false comments from people outside the family. No one he has touched will ever forget him, most of all us." They added, "What we see now is the immense amount of love that everyone has for him...Anyone close to Julien is receiving an extreme outpouring of concern via text, email and messages. This is an honored tribute to what an amazing person he was and we thank everyone for their love, prayers and continued support."
Julien Hug's memorial service has been set for Nov. 12 at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.