On Saturday, Ms Iva Hercíková, an author of dozens of bestsellers who emigrated to the U.S. in 1986 because of political reasons but who was happy to return to Czechoslovakia after the Velvet Revolution, hanged herself at the age of 71.
On Sunday, Mr Karel Svoboda, a music composer and the author of many hits including those of Mr Karel Gott, shot himself dead by a legally owned weapon. He was 68 years old. Is there a pattern here? Well, it's certainly sad.