March 6, 2000
Irish journalist and radio broadcaster Jonathan Philbin Bowman was discovered dead in his Dublin home on this day in 2000. Bowman left formal education as a teenager, choosing instead to begin work as a freelance journalist; a decision he announced on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show. He co-presented a Dublin radio show for two years, between 1993 to 1994, before joining the Sunday Independent newspaper as a columnist. A post-mortem revealed that he had bled to death after an apparent fall over a stool, which caused him to hit and cut his head on a glass-paned door. The toxicology report indicated that his blood alcohol level was “considerably high.” Gardaí concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the untimely death. He was 31.