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(Times Free Press) - Gilmer County, GA, Sheriff Stacy Nicholson got an unexpected call the morning of Sept. 3. It was around 11, and it was a friend on the line, and his friend had seen something disturbing on Facebook. Someone needed to check on County Commissioner Randy Bell, the friend said.

About 15 minutes earlier, Bell had updated his status on the social network. A stroke hospitalized him in January, he wrote. His vision was fading. And the bank would sell his foreclosed-upon home later in the day. And, Bell added, he needed someone to care for his pets: Hairy the goofball, Abby the lovable, Punk the punk. Everything he owned should go to his daughter.

"It's not worth living this way," he wrote.

"Tell the coroner the front door is unlocked."

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