DENVER (CBS4) – The family of Noel Cunningham says the Denver restaurateur and humanitarian took his own life after recent health problems.

Cunningham passed away last week at the age of 62. He was the creative force behind Strings restaurant and his Cunningham Foundation was dedicated to helping children in Ethiopia.

In a statement released Tuesday, Cunningham’s family said it wanted to make it clear he took his own life because questions were raised about how he died. The family also says it wants people to remember Cunningham’s compassion and generosity.

A visitation is scheduled for Thursday evening at the Olinger Hampden Chapel in Denver. His funeral will be Friday morning at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral at 14th and Washington.

Comments (3)
  1. Sandy Parker says:

    Blessings to Noel and to his family and wonderful staff I am saddened to think that he experienced such pain.

  2. denvervet says:

    Condolences to this man’s family, I never met him but sounds like he was an outstanding human being.

  3. Ann says:

    I was disturbed andconcerned tol learn of Noel’s death while listening to Dan & Craig’s show on 630 KHOW on Friday. Suicide leaves so much pain for the living and so many unanswered questions that only the deceased could have provided.

    For Mr. Cunningham, his pain, lonliness, hearatbreak, and saddness he must have experienced had to have overwhelming! If only the living could have been allowed helped. Noel, may your rest be peaceful.

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