His industry had been changing before he retired. In the process he seemed to get bruised. Also, there were investigations of his former employer by the U.S. government for alleged financial hanky panky. Media outlets, such as the influential The Wall Street Journal, are covering the attempt by experts (e.g. London coroner's officer) to figure out what factors drove him to suicide at age 58. Here is WSJ coverage (sub. req.)
Around the world there have been a growing number of high-profile suicides in the financial industry. But ending one's life is only one version of being broken by the whatevers. After one's industry, such as journalism or law, downsizes the players often become the walking wounded. Never again do they recover their earlier professional momentum. The same state of being stuck also is overtaking Baby Boomers. Age bias is real. Also, the spotlight has shifted to Millennials. We early adopters of social change have become invisible. It takes strength and resilience to adjust to those realities.
Yet, the institutions which shape both a society and its individuals aren't transmitting how human beings can bounce back from the whatevers. Parents, schools, employers and professional networks clue us in on how to get ahead. None of them ever provided me caring but candid insight on how to weather normal turbulence or even perfect storms. When trouble hits, we often find ourselves not only without coping tools but isolated.
The genius of the public relations industry could create a campaign championing old-line character traits such as strength and resilience. The new cool will be screwing up and/or getting screwed and being there to tell the tale. To gain insight on how human beings made it to the other side of disaster the creatives at Edelman, Hill & Knowlton and The Dilenschneider Group might attend several open speaking meetings at 12-step programs. There's an earful "in the rooms."