A Key West, Fla., man was found dead Nov. 8 of an apparent suicide. A note found close to his body purportedly said, "Do not revive! (Expletive deleted) Obama!" The Associated Press reports police claim Henry Hamilton was distraught over President Barack Obama's re-election and followed through on his threat to kill himself should the president win the Nov. 6 contest.
* Hamilton's partner Michael Cossey told police Hamilton said, "If Barack gets re-elected, I'm not going to be around." Cossey also said Hamilton was upset about his tanning business, according to the AP article.
* KeysNet.com has more details on the case. Hamilton was 64 years old and owned a tanning salon on Duval Street. Police Officer Anna Dykes took statements from Cossey who said his partner was "very upset about the election results."
* There were no signs of foul play in Hamilton's death. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results from the Monroe County Medical Examiner's office.
* According to police reports shared with KeysNet, Cossey returned home to the condominium he shared with Hamilton around 6 a.m. on Nov. 8. Cossey was out late with friends playing cards.
* Police Officer Pablo Rodriguez came around to check on Hamilton later in the day. Regular police well-checks were made at the request of a friend of Hamilton's. It was during one of these checks that Rodriguez woke up Cossey and the men discovered the body in the bedroom.
* Two empty prescription bottles were found on the dining room table. One was for Xanax, an anxiety medication. The other was for Seroquel, used to treat schizophrenia.
* The last time Cossey and his partner spoke was during election night returns on Nov. 6.
* An obituary posted to KeysNews.com says Hamilton graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and was a disc jockey in Utica, N.Y., before becoming the owner of Duval Square Tropical Tan in Key West. The deceased is survived by two sisters, two nieces and a nephew.
* Manta.com lists the Henry S. Hamilton Jr. Agency as owner of Duval Square Tropical Tan in Key West. The business was established in 2000.
* Hamilton also owned an insurance agency, according to a Google Plus listing for a man with the same name and in the same location.
* A Yelp.com review from mid-January called Hamilton "extremely helpful and friendly." The reviewer also recommended the tanning salon "to anyone in Key West."
* The tanning salon boasts "fully certified staff " with a banner over the front window proclaiming "don't be a pale face in paradise!"
* Obama won Florida over challenger Mitt Romney by more than 70,000 votes. Obama earned 4,235,270 votes to Romney's 4,162,081 votes, a margin of less than one percent. Obama also won the national election after Romney conceded in the early morning hours of Nov. 7.
William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics.
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