No, the wife is not dead. The couple's 23-year-old son intervened. The ad executive in question worked for a major financial newspaper in England for 33 years and recently retired. That coupled with a simple Google search will probably net you a name if you really must know. This happened sometime in the past two weeks and police were called to the scene and the man was arrested for assault.
The exec has been hit with a domestic violence prevention order and has been banned from returning to his home for 28 days. Apparently, the exec has had issues with alcohol before but is said to have been sober for quite some time before the attack. In addition to the 28 day ban, the executive will also partake in seven days of rehabilitation.
When questioned as
to whether or not he was actually trying to kill his wife, the man said, "I don't think I would have done it. I just wanted to scare her."
Or you can read Barbara Lippert's insightful analysis on the aforementioned Bergdorf Goodman barfing event which examines why this sort of behavior captures our attention. No, the two events are not entirely the same but they are, in a way, analogous.