James S. Irwin called it a "death sentence."
The 73-year-old international businessman and philanthropist would have to pay his wife alimony and attorney fees totaling more than $2 million, as part of their ongoing divorce proceedings.
That decision, Irwin wrote in a letter mailed to the Sun, would be his undoing.
And he wanted the judge who signed the order to know it.
Irwin, chairman of Integrated Control Systems Inc. and IMPAC University in Punta Gorda, shot and killed himself Monday at his Litchfield, Conn., farm.
Earlier that day, a two-page letter with Irwin's name and Connecticut address was sent to 20th Judicial Circuit Judge John Dommerich, cursing his handling of Irwin's divorce. A copy was forwarded to the Sun.
In the letter, Irwin blames Dommerich and his wife, Linda Scott-Irwin, for his "financial destruction."