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Soap Star Commits Suicide After Euthanizing His Healthy Pit Bull

Sat, January 28, 2012 11:36am EDT by 34 Comments

Soap star Nick Santino took his own life after he felt pressure to put down his dog and best friend from the building he lived in. How horrible.

This is a terrible story. Soap star Nick Santino‘s Upper West Side condo building management reportedly put a ban on pit bulls and began to harass the actor about his pit bull-mix, Rocco, so much that he felt the need to put the healthy dog to sleep. Feeling guilty about his decision, the 47-year-old actor took his own life the same day, reports the New York Post.

“Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Nick wrote in a suicide note, said his friend Stuart Sarnoff. “Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”

Rocco was a rescue, who Nick — an actor on All My Children and Guiding Light — credited for actually “rescuing” him.

Unfortunately, the building management and tenants started complaining about Rocco, saying he barked and much more. The tormenting got so bad, Nick irrationally decided to take the dog’s life. However, it made him feel horrible.

“He was distraught and remorseful about putting down his best friend,” Kevan Cleary said.