Actor Nick Santino Commits Suicide, Guilty Over Putting Down Pit Bull Rocco

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"’Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend, Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.” This is the suicide note left by Nick Santino after he euthanized his beloved pit bull on Tuesday, January 24, according to the New York Post.

Santino’s acting  credits included  the day-time soaps,“Guiding Light” and "All My Children," but he had been struggling recently and suffering from severe depression. Among his problems was the fact that the condo association at 1 Lincoln Plaza, where he was living, didn’t share his love and admiration for his Brindle Pit Bull, Rocco. 

According to the Post, the building  passed a ban on pit bulls in 2010.  Although existing Pitties were grandfathered in, Santino was being harassed because of Rocco, according to his friends.  

A variety of complaints were filed by residents of the building, including a barking dog complaint that caused Santino to be threatened with a $250 fine. However, a neighbor said Rocco was not a barker.  Rocco was not allowed to ride in the main elevators of the building and other restrictions were added. 

According to the Post, a veterinarian recently told Santino that Rocco as becoming aggressive and the despondent actor blamed it on his own depression.

So, on January 24, Nick’s 47th birthday, he  euthanized the beloved pit bull he had adopted a few years ago  from a shelter. Santino was raised in an orphanage and had posted on Facebook “I did not rescue Rocco, Rocco rescued me.”

Wracked with grief, after he returned from the vet's office, he tearfully gave away Rocco’s bones and fluffy bed to people in the building.  The report states that he called an ex-girlfriend about 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning and then ended his life with an overdose of pills. Police officers discovered his body in the condo later that day.

His close friend, Stuart Sarnoff, told the Post that Rocco had been cremated and Nick’s remains will also be cremated and they will be reunited for eternity.



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