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MAGAZINE EDITOR COMMITTED SUICIDE, FAMILY SAYS

Marilyn Esperante Figueredo, editor and co-founder of Cigar City Magazine, committed suicide last week because she had recently become depressed about a personal relationship, her family said Tuesday.

Family members said they wanted to dispel rumors that any other reasons were behind her death. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor, nor were economic reasons, they said.

She ended her life April 17 while visiting her brother in Georgia, relatives said. They declined to give further details.

"It just happened over the last couple of months," said her niece and business partner, Lisa M. Figueredo. "Obviously this is a devastation to our family, to the community and to the magazine."

Marilyn Figueredo, 58, launched the magazine in 2005 with her niece and a longtime friend, Vienna LoCicero Santisteban. The women wanted to tell their families' stories, and other stories buried in the oral histories of West Tampa and Ybor City.

The women worked out of their homes until the operation moved into a historic Ybor City casita. The magazine celebrated its first anniversary in November.

Lisa M. Figueredo said they plan to continue publishing the magazine, and will print several stories that her aunt wrote before her death.

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