By Brychan Humphries
At 8:35 a.m. PT today, the Apple contacted the authorities after discovering a dead body inside one of the many conference rooms within the campus at 1, Infinite Loop. The Santa Clara Sheriff's department confirmed that a deceased male had been found, next to whom was a firearm. Early indications suggest that the cause of the Apple employee's death was suicide. However, further investigations have yet to be made. Santa Carla's Sheriff's Office have issued a statement saying they "don't think (the incident) involved criminal activity." Out of respect to his family and coworkers, the man's name, age and position at Apple has been withheld from the public. We do know, however, that this man was an employee at Apple who was presumably inside the conference room alone when the firearm was used, since no-one seems to have heard the shot and only discovered the body by chance. Foul play has been ruled out by the authorities and the police are certain that it was an isolated incident due to Apple's heavy security regarding its campus. The police have also determined that no members of the public, including the employees working inside the campus, are in any danger whatsoever, which is further evidence that suicide was indeed the cause of the man's death. The case, according the the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office, is now being handled by the coroner, whose job it will be to determine the manner and cause of death.
The untimely nature of the man's death has sparked discussions and rumours in the media about why exactly the employee decided to commit suicide in the very building in which he worked. Apple had just announced their earnings for the second quarter (Q2) of 2016, showing a loss in revenue for the first time in 13 years and an unprecedented loss in iPhone sales. This is, of course, leading many to quite rightly speculate that this poor man's apparent suicide was a result of excessive mental stress, something of which Apple's infamously poor treatment of its high level employees is sure to be the blame. Apple has yet to release a statement. We will, of course, update this article if a statement is made. Our thoughts are with the family and co-workers of the unnamed man, while our attention will be demonstratively turned to Apple, whom we can only hope treats its employees with care using a system devoid off marginalisation.