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Susan Cowsill Thinks Her Brother Barry Killed Himself
June 11, 2010
Bismarck/Mandan North Dakota

Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills has a theory on what happened to her brother, Barry: he committed suicide. Barry Cowsill's body was recovered several months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Susan Cowsill says Barry was going to enter rehab when Katrina hit, and he had asked several family members to help him get out of New Orleans. A tree in a New Orleans park was found with a brass plaque that says, "In honor of Barry Cowsill, who died a true genius on the levee, Sept. 2, 2005." Susan Cowsill says Barry's necklace was wrapped around it, and the friend with whom Barry had been staying was missing a piece of brass. Cowsill says she thinks Barry put up a memorial to himself and walked into the water. Cowsill sings about Katrina on her new album, "Lighthouse."

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