At home, he was equally betrayed. His likely suicide was the ultimate protest against Gottwald and a regime so inhumane and contrary to everything that he, his father, and Beneš had stood for and worked for through all these years. He died spiritually, in the words Alice used with us so many times, when he saw his efforts so clearly failing. His chief raison d'être--to lead his people and to serve humanity--had been taken from him. He could no longer be loyal to his father's ideal of service. And he knew that a suicide in this context would not betray his father and the family name. So he chose to depart the scene at age 62 of his own volition, in his despairing but historically significant gesture of protest.