|Photo: J. Willis Sayre|
Lorimer had been unemployed for four months when depression caused him to take his life in his room at a boarding house on 124 West Sixty-fifth Street in New York City sometime between 10:00 P.M. on December 7 and the early morning of December 8, 1911. The lifeless actor was found on the kitchen floor next to the open baking oven in a seeping gas stove. Three letters were found near his body. In one addressed "To My Friends," Lorimer complained that Brady had driven him to suicide. Reacting to the actor's death, the theatrical manager surrendered all interests in The Shepherd King to Lorimer's ex-wife and her three children by the actor.