Nicholas Hughes was the son of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
Ms. Plath’s suicide in 1963 reportedly after enduring her husbands many relationships with other women. Six years later Ted Hughes’ mistress Assia Wevill also killed herself in the same manner as Plath.
Nicholas and his sister Frieda were just infants when their mother pinned a suicide note to their pram. She then went to the kitchen and gassed herself by inhaling the fumes from the over. she spared her children’s lives by sealing the door with towels. She was a mere 30 years old.
The children were not told how their mother died until they were teenagers. Friends told the Daily Mail that Hughes’ suicide was not a legacy of his mother’s death.
‘Nick wasn’t just the baby son of Plath and Hughes and it would be wrong to think of him as some kind of inevitably tragic figure,’ the friend was quoted as saying.
‘He was a man who reached his mid-forties, an adventurous marine biologist with a distinguished academic career behind him and a host of friends and achievements in his own right.
‘That is the man who is mourned by those who knew him.’
Nicholas Hughes, 47, had been battling depression. He was unmarried and had no children.
Hughes was a evolutionary ecologist professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Guardian reports:
“It is with profound sorrow that I must announce the death of my brother, Nicholas Hughes, who died by his own hand on Monday 16th March 2009 at his home in Alaska,” Frieda Hughes said in a statement published by The Times.