Daniel Radcliffe Gets Emotional Reading Great-Grandfather's Suicide Note


Daniel Radcliffe is the latest star to be featured on BBC's Who Do You Think You Are -- a show that follows celebrities as they trace their ancestry.

In Radcliffe's episode [set to air July 22], the actor reads the heartbreaking suicide note left by his great-grandfather, a Jewish man named Samuel Gershon.

Apparently, Gershon owned a jewelry store in 1936 that was robbed, and authorities were not helpful at all. Because of the antisemitic landscape, the police claimed that Gershon faked the robbery in an attempt to commit insurance fraud. Unable to face the bankruptcy, he decided to take his own life. He was 42.

"You want to just reach into the past and just go, 'Whatever you're going through, you have so much to offer the people who are around you still… you have so much to give to them. And, they still would all have loved you,'" Radcliffe reportedly said reading Gershon's note.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.