Best of Phoenix 2013: Best Moments in Local Television

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In honor of this year's edition of Best of Phoenix, we bring you the year's best local TV moments.

5.) Michael Marin's suicide

Best Suicide: Michael Marin

When jet-set multimillionaire Michael Marin fell on hard times in 2009, the former Wall Street trader and lawyer decided to torch his Biltmore Estates mansion when a huge balloon payment came due. Marin made his famous escape from the house in scuba gear. Fast-forward to June 2012, and Marin was found guilty of arson. Shortly after the verdict was read, Marin appeared to cover his mouth as he appeared shocked. Moments later, he was on the ground, convulsing, and eventually fell unconscious before being declared dead at a local hospital. Turns out when he put his hand to his mouth, he popped in a cyanide pill -- which he'd bought on the Internet -- and killed himself right there in the courtroom, an act that was caught by the news crews of several local TV stations.

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