Wife says man blamed Stan Kroenke in suicide note

Rick Ellis and his wife, Annette. (Family photo, GoFundMe)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Family of a man who committed suicide near his north Texas property blames Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke for his death.

News 4 reported the billionaire investor recently purchased a large plot of land, the Waggoner Ranch, in North Texas. Kroenke purchased the vast open property in early 2016. The sale price was not disclosed, but the asking price was $725 million. A small corner of the ranch includes homes built on the banks of Lake Diversion. In August, longtime residents began receiving eviction letters.

Read: Kroenke buys Texas ranch, kicks longtime residents out

One of the residents who received that letter was Rick Ellis. 61. Rick's wife, Annette, told News 4 Rick took his own life earlier this week. Annette Ellis said Rick had been missing since Monday. On Wednesday, his body was found on a rural road near the Wichita River.

"The very first line of his suicide note was 'Stan stole my home,'" Ellis told News 4 Thursday via a phone interview. "[Stan] is an evil, evil man."

"My husband was worth more than all of your money, Stan," Ellis said. "The love he gave me. The life we lived. We worked together, we were best friends... we were never apart."

A GoFundMe page established to help the family said "he had been depressed and angry at the impending loss of his and Annette's home on Lake Diversion."

Ellis said there are a lot of elderly people on the lake and worries about their well-being.

"[Stan] knew none of us had the money to fight him in court, he knew, and you know what? He didn't give a dang care in the world and that's really the sad part about this, that there's a human being that just doesn't care."

News 4 reached out to Kroenke's attorney in Texas, as well as the Los Angeles Rams, who both had no comment.

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