September 1997

Suicide blamed on VLT addiction


The mother of a Calgary man who jumped from the 12th floor of a downtown apartment tower in July blames his death on an addiction to video lottery terminals.

On the day he died, Wesley Robert Larratt, 27, gambled away more than $600. And his mother, Donna Brazeau of Sorrento, B.C., estimates her son lost nearly $5,000 in the last six weeks of his life.

Brazeau wants people to know what gambling addictions can do.

"I just feel the public needs to be more aware about this sort of stuff," she said.