About Charles

Trigger warning: Suicide method mentioned briefly.

This is the memory page for Charles Aubrey Rogers who died by suicide June 5, 2015. Enormously popular and the funniest person I ever knew, Charles touched the lives of thousands.

He was a creative genius who loved crazy hats and crazy socks, people, acting, and writing rap music. He was a talented and prolific writer with the ability to freestyle on the spot. He left notebooks of his rap music lyrics which I incorporated into my memoir, Diary of a Broken Mind, a Mother’s memoir about our family’s story. Those lyrics helped me understand the “why” behind his suicide and addiction.

He suffered from ADHD, a rare sleep disorder called DSPS for most of his life as well as depression, anxiety, and a heroin addiction towards the end of his life. He died by hanging.

He had a sixth sense about people who were in pain. And he’d always reach out to the hurting, the underdog, the rejected. As funny and as talented as Charles was, his greatest gift was letting others know they mattered. That is something each of us can do today, starting right now. In my son’s memory, I want all of us to connect to another human being and #justlisten.

One minute video
2 minutes and 27 seconds of Charles rapping his song, Letter to God
1:30 seconds. Charles at 18 months old on the left. Richard at 3 on the right.
2 minutes. Richard, 5, on the left. Charles at 2, on the right.
8 minute video of memories about Charles Aubrey Rogers
Last family picture before Charles death by suicide
Last family picture before Charles death by suicide
Charles' album cover for reezinrap.com
Charles’ album cover for the album he was producing. One song had been completed called, I don’t want to be a patient. reezinrap.com
Charles with his producer. He had a contract for album #2 when he died.
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