JOHANNESBURG, May 3 (Pakistan Point News - 03rd May, 2017 ) : South African novelist Karel Schoeman committed suicide aged 77, local media said Tuesday, with a farewell letter revealing he had long contemplated such a fate and and tried so before. The Afrikaans writer ,authored 19 novels and several historical articles and was honoured by former president Nelson Mandela. "I decided years ago to end my life' or try anyway," he said in the letter dated April 27 and released Tuesday by his lawyer Carl van Rensburg. In the letter he indicated his wish to voluntarily cease the use of food and drink and end his life. It was his second attempt at killing himself.