Prominent Atheist Podcaster Dies in Murder-Suicide



Scott Smith, co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast, and his wife were found dead in what police have described as a suspected murder-suicide. The couple was in the midst of a divorce. They are survived by two children.

Recovering from Religion posted the following on their Facebook:

As many of you have likely heard by now, Scott Smith committed suicide this morning after taking his wife’s life. Scott had worked with Recovering from Religion, most prominently as a member of the team that put out the RfR podcast. This news has hit all of us who knew Scott very hard, and we are struggling, as many of you are, with a large amount of powerful emotions, including sadness, guilt grief, shock, anger, and confusion. Our hearts go out to all affected by this tragedy, especially his four children.

Recovering from Religion provides online resources for people who have questions about leaving their faith. There is a phone number people can call to speak with someone. It is also possible to schedule a call or find a support group.

KSAT TV reported that police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Ramos said that a man called 911 at around 10:41 a.m. And threatened to hurt himself and his wife. A SWAT team was called out to their home. Police heard two gun shots.

UPDATE: A GoFundMe campaign has been established to provide support for the Smith family daughters.


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