“I really hate to see people self-destruct, and Mel is doing it with the pedal mashed to the floor.”
I think the jury is still out on if he fell, was pushed, or jumped. If he’s had help, it isn’t self-destruction. If he’s done this to himself, yes, it’s very sad, and I’m with you regardless in hoping no one else is harmed in the process.
Yeah... dunno what it all is, and while it doesn’t excuse him, it goes a way to explaining some of his bizarre personality: His father really did a number on young Mel. His father was seriously messed up and a vicious racist and had some fairly extreme fringe pseudo-catholic beliefs.