Eli Lilly heiress Ruth Lilly suffered from depression
Announced by a family spokesman, Ruth Lilly died Wednesday at the age of 94. Ms. Lilly was the very last surviving great- grandchild of Eli Lilly. The great inheritance came from the family pharmaceutical business, also known for the antidepressant Prozac. Ms. Lilly was also known as a great philanthropist, who gave away about $800 million of her inheritance. Unfortunately, Ms. Lilly spent many years of her life suffering from depression.
A friend of Ruth Lilly remembers how she was in her early years at Tudor Hall School. She was a great artist, was well versed in French, and had a contagious smile. However, shortly after she turned 17, Ruth Lilly was hardly at school for much of her last year. Lilly’s onset of isolation and depression coincided with the Lindbergh tragedy. The Lindbergh tragedy frightened many of the wealthy families across the country and likely affected Ms. Lilly in a similar manner. Sometimes depression can result from a major life change or crisis.
Ruth came out of her depression shortly after beginning therapy with the Lilly pharmaceutical drug Prozac. Her physician Jack Hall told the Indianapolis Star in 2002 that the antidepressant changed her life. He stated that Prozac, “made a world of difference,” for her. According to WebMD, depression is a serious medical condition that is a leading cause of disability around the world. . Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide.