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A letter from the late poet Ted Hughes says he believed an adverse reaction to an antidepressant drug was the key factor in the 1963 suicide of his wife, the celebrated American poet Sylvia Plath, The Sunday Telegraph reported last weekend.

The letter is among more than 140 from Hughes, a former British poet laureate, to biographer Keith Sagar that have been acquired by The British Library.

According to the published extracts, Hughes said "the key factor" in Plath's death was that she mistakenly swallowed the wrong kind of pills, which gave her suicidal feelings. Hughes did not name the drug. AP

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