UPDATE: Aug. 19, 12:30 p.m. ET
A Yahoo spokesperson, in an emailed reply to our request for more information, cited the following clause in the company’s Terms of Service as the reason for removing “Martin Manley: My Life and Death“:
You agree to not use the Yahoo! Services to:
a. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable;…
The spokesperson declined to disclose whether or not Manley’s family would be reimbursed for the money he prepaid for five years of Yahoo’s Web-hosting services, stating “that discussion would happen privately with the family.”
Yahoo’s cost for five years of hosting ranges from about $180 to $430, depending on the selected package, according to the company’s website.
UPDATE: Aug. 17, 9:15 a.m. ET
Yahoo has taken down “Martin Manley: My Life and Death.”
“After careful review, our team determined that this site violated our Terms of Service and we took it down,” a Yahoo spokesperson told Mashable in an emailed statement.
A sports blogger from Kansas committed suicide on his 60th birthday Thursday and prepared a website explaining, among other things, his reasons for doing so. The site also sparked a treasure hunt, as the man posted coordinates to what he said was a stash of gold and silver worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Martin Manley was a sports blogger who maintained his own website, “Sports In Review,” wrote three books about sports and worked as the sports statistics editor at the Kansas City Star. On his 60th birthday — Aug. 15 — Manley announced his own suicide by activating a website, titled “Martin Manley: My Life and Death,” into which he clearly invested a great deal of time and thought. The site’s homepage begins:
“Today is August 15, 2013. 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.”
The site has more than 40 subpages with titles such as, “Why Suicide?,” “Why Age 60?,” “Growing Up,” “The Heavens,” “First Two Loves,” “Pictures,” “KC Star,” “Legal,” “911 & Conspiracies” and “COOL STUFF.”
Manley posted the following picture of himself on a subpage titled “OMG: I look 60!”
The Kansas City Star reported that it was able to confirm Manley’s suicide with the Overland Park police. “Martin was a terrific guy and a good employee,” the paper’s editor and vice president, Mike Fannin, told The Star. “This is a real shock, just an incredible tragedy. ”
The police department’s communications manager, Sean Reilly, told Mashable Friday afternoon that he could not confirm the identity of the victim, only that a suicide occurred on Thursday, and that he did not speak to the Star directly.
Reilly was, however, able to offer insight into another mystery Manley’s site created.
Reilly read from a letter he said the victim wrote to his sister, which said the following:
“You will see that I’ve given away almost all of my personal possessions. I’ve also given away a lot of money over the past several months to people that need it infinitely more than I ever would, including all my gold and silver.”
The police spokesman also said the department scanned the supposed location of the treasure with a metal detector, and they found “nothing nor any disturbed ground.”
According to a statement posted to Facebook by Overland City Hall, the police spoke to Manley’s family and concluded that the buried treasure claim is “a hoax.”
Manley also posted a farewell note on his sports blogging site, which said, “For those of you that regularly email me and converse about issues that would cause the vast majority of the population’s eyes to glaze over, I hope you find a way to get your fix in the future. Thanks for reading!”
In his “Suicide Preface,” Manley wrote that he has prepaid Yahoo to host both his sites — “Martin Manley: My Life and Death” and “Sports In Review” — for the next five years, the longest amount of time for which he was allowed to pay in advance. He added, “Whether it gets extended beyond that is up to others.”
Image: Flickr, Jonas N