Ad Exec's Suicide is Blamed on Industry Blogs

Last Updated Mar 3, 2008 12:48 PM EST

On Feb. 22, Paul Tilley, an ad agency exec at DDB Chicago, committed suicide. Now many are pointing the finger of blame at some advertising blogs that allowed anonymous posters to personally attack Tilley, the man who oversaw the teams that created the "Dell Dude" and the "I'm Lovin It" campaign for McDonald's.

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