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BREAKING: Alabama AG speaks about Bridgette Marshall’s suicide

This story has been updated.  Albertville -- Slamming what he called “reckless” reporting and rumors that required his response, Attorney General Steve Marshall confirmed to reporters and community members Wednesday morning that his wife Bridgette Marshall died in Tennessee on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he was on the phone with her before she committed suicide. Marshall tearfully shared the circumstances he said he believes led to Bridgette’s suicide, including opioid addiction, mental illness, chronic pain and a fear that she was a burden to others. "I got on the phone with her, and I just talked to a person that had no hope," Marshall said to those gathered at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Albertville. "She said, ‘I don’t have a purpose, and I’m tired. My body is failing me and I don’t know why. I’ve had pain for a long time and I don’t want to endure it anymore, and I’m just a burden,'" he said. "And I told her how she wasn't and how she was loved, and as a guy who, professionally, is supposed to be able to convince people with words to do something, I couldn’t reach her," he said, choking up as he added that his wife asked him on the phone if he wanted to hear her commit suicide, to which he said he responded no, and that she then hung up the phone. Marshall said he called the police and tried to call her back over and over, but…

TRAGEDY: Pause and pray for Alabama AG Steve Marshall — wife confirmed dead

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's wife, Bridgette Gentry Marshall was confirmed dead Sunday, following "a long struggle with mental illness," according to a statement from Marshall's office. When untimely death strikes, our natural tendency is to immediately want to know what happened and be tempted to listen to and spread gossip. But Steve Marshall and his family don’t deserve gossip right now. They deserve grace and space, and that’s what Alabamians should give our attorney general. Today, the how and why shouldn’t matter, at least not right now. What matters is that a husband, a father, a man – a good and decent man – is devastated beyond comprehension. Everything we say and do should be about helping Steve and his family, not adding to their grief by posting mean social media comments or spreading unconfirmed rumors. Troy King, his opponent in the GOP primary runoff, said in a Facebook post that he is pausing his campaign and stopping his advertisements, as he should. Take a moment today to pause and pray for Steve Marshall and his family. Update: Steve Marshall, angered by the rumor mill, spoke publicly about his wife's death this week.