ANAHAD O’CONNOR writing in The New York Times
Published: March 23, 2009
Mr. Hughes, 47, was an evolutionary biologist who studied stream fish and spent much of his time trekking across Alaska on field studies. Shielded from stories about his mother’s suicide until he was a teenager, Mr. Hughes had lived an academic life largely outside the public eye. But friends and family said he had long struggled with depression.
Last Monday, he hanged himself at his home in Alaska, his sister, Frieda Hughes, said over the weekend.