A Bachelor’s Suicide
Last week, a suicide touched this local community and, by chance, touched the nation for those who follow popular culture. Julian Hug, a bachelor on the popular television program The Bachelorette, committed suicide. He was 35.
My wife was acquainted with Julian and saw him a few months ago at the family’s restaurant, Mille Fleurs. She described him as very kind, and perhaps introverted. I have met his mother Denise, several times. She has a kind, charming, pleasant personality much like Julian had, I am told. I spoke on the phone a few days ago with a close friend of mine. Many years earlier my friend had hired Denise when she was just three months pregnant with Julian—this was before the family had made it big in restaurants. Julian grew up with a natural talent to become an artist. He thought about attending art school, but instead chose to go into the family business straight out of high school.
The Hug family has established themselves as superior restaurateurs. They own two of the finest restaurants in town; Zagat top-rated and internationally renowned Mille Fleurs in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe, and the eminent landmark Bertrand at Mr. A’s close to downtown San Diego. They are an A-list family mixing with the most elite. Very wealthy, very well known, loved by so many people for the excellence of their restaurants and their generous contributions to help others in need.
The night before Julian took his own life, he had dinner with his parents in Rancho Santa Fe. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at dinner according to close friends. Julian was nether too quiet nor too talkative, just his usual self. No doubt they talked about their brand new restaurant just opened a few months ago in Palm Springs that Julian was managing.
That night Julian returned to his own condo near Palm Springs where he and his girlfriend of two years lived together. The morning after dinner with his parents, he drove into the wilderness weaving along back roads and parked his jeep. Then walked from the back roads further into the forest. Using a loaded pistol that his parents kept in a dresser drawer back at their Rancho Santa Fe estate, he took his life.Continued on the next page