Zalinski told the paper she and her friend watched in horror as Rowland slashed his wrists and slit his throat and stomach while on a business trip in New Delhi, India.
“He walked into the kitchen, grabbed a glass and smashed it on the table then stuck it straight into his neck,” Zalinski told the paper. “He was holding his bloodied wrist out to the screen. He wanted us to see. I don’t think he realised he was bleeding.”
In shock, Zalinkski called the police in the U.K. in the hopes that they could contact authorities in New Delhi, according to the Oxford Mail.
Unfortunately, Indian law prevented authorities from breaking into Rowland’s room, meaning he was left to die from his injuries.
Zalinski said she believes the incident is the result of a mental breakdown.
“He was just in a complete state. He was sweating profusely and his eyes were just staring,” Zalinski told the Oxford Mail.
“He kept saying ‘they are going to get me, they are going to get me.’”
According to the Oxford Times, the 53-year-old’s cause of death was listed as heavy blood loss resulting from the self-inflicted injuries.