NBA stat pioneer leaves active blog behind after committing suicide

Martin Manley, a former sports writer for the Kansas City Star, created an in-depth website...

Martin Manley, a former sports writer for the Kansas City Star, created an in-depth website detailing his life and reasons for ending it on his 60th birthday. (martinmanleylifeanddeath.com)

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, Last Updated: 4:18 PM ET

A former American sports journalist who pioneered a basketball statistic now recognized by the NBA committed suicide on his 60th birthday, publishing an in-depth overview of his decision and life story online.

"My life is an open book now that I've closed the book on my life," Martin Manley wrote in an eerie post on the blog's homepage.

Manley said he made payments to keep the website operational until at least 2018.

"Today is August 15, 2013," Manley added in the homepage post. "Today is my 60th birthday. Today is the last day of my life. Today, I committed suicide. Today, is the first day this site is active, but it will be here for years to come."

According to Inquisitr News, Manley took his life Thursday in front of the Overland Park police station in Kansas. He reportedly planned to do so for months.

Manley worked for the Kansas City Star in its sports department. He is best known for creating the NBA's efficiency index -- a statistic officially recognized by the league.

The ex-scribe created a stir locally by leading residents on a wild goose chase to find an alleged fortune of gold. Manley posted the coordinates to where the treasure had apparently been buried.

The City of Overland Park released a notice to residents saying there is no gold, adding "the alleged 'buried treasure' is a hoax.'"


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