A former Kansas City Star sports statistics editor and blogger committed suicide early Thursday outside an Overland Park police station.
Police found Martin Manley’s body about 5 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the station at 12400 Foster St.
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“Martin was a terrific guy and a good employee,” said Mike Fannin, editor and vice president of The Star. “This is a real shock, just an incredible tragedy. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family today.”
Prior to his death, Manley detailed information about his life and suicide on a personal website.
On the site, Manley referred to owning thousands of dollars worth of gold and silver coins. Immediately following that reference were GPS coordinates for a spot inside the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Police say they believe that statement is a hoax. They say his family told them that Manley had “gotten rid of” the coins prior to his suicide.
Manley killed himself on his 60th birthday. He had worked at The Star for seven years. He left The Star in February 2012 to start his own blog, Martin Manley’s Sports in Review.
Manley also had published several books on sports statistics and was credited with creating the NBA's Efficiency Index, which is still used by the league.
Star policy is not to write about suicides, except when they occur in public areas, as Manley’s did.