Man who committed suicide from Disneyland Parking Structure Identified
A 50-year-old man who died by suicide at the Disneyland Parking Structure last night has been identified.
Chris Christensen, an elementary school principal at Fountain Valley School District was on administrative leave after police were called for a fight he had with his wife.
Before he jumped from the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure in Disneyland he posted a farewell message on his Facebook Page late Saturday night.
So, here I am…writing my final FB post to all of you. I need you all to know that a gentle, kind, loving and sincerely good man has been destroyed by one unfortunate night. It really is unfortunate! This is NOT me! This is NOT something that I ever thought would happen to me.
With all of this said, I have truly loved educating and leading thousands of students and families as a principal in FVSD for the past 21+ years. I have made so many wonderful connections with families over the years and those who know me closely know how much I cared for my students, staff and families. Please remember me for all the good I brought to the world of education.
To all of my musician friends…thank you! Thank you for performing with me over the past 30 years! We have had a blast performing all over and creating such fond memories together. Music has been a wonderful outlet for me, as it has allowed me to have a “different & creative” world outside of my “day job” as a principal. I am sad to say that last night was my final performance! However, it went very well and I am proud that my final performance was a success. I have always loved performing, especially during the holiday season. I am going to miss it dearly!
There is so much more I want to say, but I am going to spend the rest of today reaching out to those closest to me to let them know how much I love them. This is not an ideal way to go out, but at least I get a chance to say some final words to those who I love and adore.
Take care everyone. Please, please, please be kind to one another! Treat each other with kindness and grace. There is too much anger in the world and people need to start treating each other better. What I’ve shared with you above is a prime example of how “anger” can really have long-lasting and extremely damaging effects on a person’s life.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Christensen leaves behind his wife, Marlena, and children. Disneyland Resort has not commented on this incident.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to connect with a counselor or visit the official NSPL site.
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