Oregon teen dies in hospital after suicide try

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An Eastern Oregon teenager who tried to commit suicide at a school playground has died.

An Oregon Health and Science University spokesman says Jadin Bell, 15, died at the Portland hospital early Sunday afternoon.

The teen attempted to hang himself Jan. 19 at an elementary school playground in La Grande, about 250 miles east of Portland.

A family friend, Bud Hill, told The Oregonian last week that Bell was gay and his family has always been very supportive of the boy’s sexual orientation, but some classmates called him names, and he had complained about bullying to a school counselor.

Bell was a sophomore at La Grande High School.