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Mother not surprised son died in crane standoff

Mother: Not surprised son died in Dallas crane standoff, family had history of mental illness By The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) ' The mother of a man who fell to his death from a crane after a 14-hour standoff with police said she was not surprised to learn of her son's death.

Lee Dell Thomas Jr., the 44-year-old son of Ollie Mae Thomas, fell about 150 feet to his death early Tuesday after the standoff on the Southern Methodist University campus.

A woman who answered a telephone number that was listed to the mother told The Associated Press that she wasn't available to comment.

But Ollie Mae Thomas told KTVT-TV of Fort Worth and Dallas that her son ' and her family ' had a history of mental illness.

She said Lee Dell Thomas' grandfather committed suicide and his father was a paranoid schizophrenic. She also said her son began using drugs at an early age.

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