Slim-Fast Developer Laid Off, Jumps To His Death

Claire Gordon
SlimFast death suicide Clive Blackburn
SlimFast death suicide Clive Blackburn

The economic crisis has wrecked many lives, and stolen a few too. The latest apparent casualty was found on a grassy patch behind the Bedforshire, U.K., complex of Unilever, the world's third largest consumer goods company. Clive Blackburn was a preeminent food scientist, who developed Slim-Fast drinks and other prepackaged products. The day after he was laid off, the 48-year-old Blackburn jumped off the company's roof.