A man whose body was found hanging from a tree in Bridgehampton Saturday was due to appear in court Thursday in connection with a previous suicide attempt, according to police and court records.
Fabian Seyrig de Saussure, 51, of Bridgehampton, had pleaded guilty in March 2012 to first-degree and second-degree reckless endangerment -- charges stemming from a suicide attempt outside his home on Butter Lane in November 2011, court records show.
His attorney, Edward Burke Jr., of Southampton, said Seyrig de Saussure had been given a suspended sentence following his guilty plea and the case had been transferred to mental health court.
"He was doing so good there," Burke told Newsday on Monday, noting Seyrig de Saussure made weekly visits with mental health officials -- and saying his client was "close to his graduation date."
According to media accounts of the earlier incident, details of that attributed to Southampton Village police, Seyrig de Saussure attempted to kill himself on Nov. 16, 2011, by mixing two chemicals together in a 5-gallon bucket while sitting in his 2008 Volkswagen.
According to those reports, police said that once noxious fumes were produced Seyrig de Saussure changed his mind and drove himself to Southampton Hospital.
Police said the incident required the response of the village and town Hazmat teams and a subsequent investigation led to Seyrig de Saussure being arrested on Dec. 20, 2011, according to reports. The top charge against Seyrig de Saussure was a felony, the other a misdemeanor, records show.
Seyrig de Saussure was found hanging from a tree on Butter Lane, near the roadway, on Saturday, police said.
His death remains under investigation.
Seyrig de Saussure is the son of the late French composer Francis de Saussure Seyrig and nephew of the late French actress and film director Delphine Claire Beltiane Seyrig.
"He was such a kind soul, a kind man, a very gentle soul," Burke said. "This really got me. This was really very, very surprising . . . He was doing so well, really good."