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Bullied gay teen who hanged himself, dies after clinging to life for 16 days

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old gay teen who hanged himself two weeks ago after complaining of bullying, died Sunday afternoon at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Portland.

Jadin was taken off life support more than a week ago after tests showed no brain activity.

Bud Hill, a close family friend, told The Oregonian earlier this week that Jadin, who was openly gay, had complained the week prior that he was being bullied, and had talked to a counselor at La Grande High School, where he was a sophomore.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Jadin went to the playground of Central Elementary School, climbed on a play structure and hanged himself.

Hill said Saturday that doctors expected Jadin to pass by this weekend; his mother, father and an aunt and uncle in the Portland area were said to be by his side.

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