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‘Southern Charm’ Death: Thomas Ravenel’s Late Lawyer Left Family Broke

Nov. 3 2018, Updated 4:11 p.m. ET

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‘Southern Charm’ tragedy.

When Thomas Ravenel’s lawyer was killed in a plane crash he left behind a devastated wife and child with autism who are now asking for help with a GoFundMe account RadarOnline.com exclusively learned.

Richard Terbrusch and two others were killed on October 13, 2018 when the small private jet he was a passenger in crashed in the Atlantic Ocean near Long Island, NY.

Aboard the deadly plane was a woman named Jennifer Landrum, whose family revealed she was Richard’s girlfriend, but he was still married to his wife Susan, with whom he had a young son.

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“Sadly, this is a cautionary tale of a family man in mid-life whose life choices took a wrong turn,” a family source told Radar.

“After their son Grant was born in 2007, Richard started to travel much more down to South Carolina to enjoy polo.”

According to the source, “Susan had helped put him through law school and their income level went up. Unfortunately, their son Grant had autism and had difficulty in school. Susan was often left caring for him alone, especially over long weekends when Richard traveled south.”

Richard defended Ravenel after he was accused of sexual assault by his former nanny earlier in the year.

The source told Radar that Richard’s wife suffered financially in the last few years.

“She was busy taking care of her son 24/7 and assumed everything was being taken care of by her husband but she was wrong. Mortgage, utilities, health insurance, taxes and many other bills were left unpaid. The money was diverted to Richard’s expensive pursuits. The marriage deteriorated. Richard’s attention wandered. Susan was not even given a minimum household account.”

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Susan set up a GoFundMe account, writing: “Many were touched by his caring and fun loving nature, and in this spirit I wish to publicly remember him and ask for your support of our family through this difficult time. We are dealing with both the tragic loss of a husband and father, as well as the sudden loss of our sole income provider. I am asking for your support to help raise the necessary funds for our living expenses as there was no life insurance or any other type of savings to cover this sudden tragic loss.”

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