I had commissioned an artist a month ago for an art bundle, which consisted of either two fulls or one full and two chibis for $25. I chose the two fulls. I was well aware that the artist worked slow as was stated in their ToS, so I was willing to wait. There were only two slots available, and I was the second one to buy the slot.
I received the first full a couple weeks ago and I was very pleased with it.
Approximately four days ago, I checked their userpage to see how they were doing and according to their journal, they had apparently committed suicide. (Note this is not confirmed whether or not it was successful, they had posted a journal stating they would kill themselves and no one that I can contact is close enough to the artist to confirm whether or not they went through with it.)
I talked about it with a couple of friends of mine, and immediately one of them asked me 'what about the rest of your bundle?' They think the artist is attempting to run away with my money but the artist's significant other seems really worried and that highly concerns me.
So..really what should I do about it? If I wait a week to contact the artist and hear nothing back, should I assume they're dead and just give up on the bundle, walk away with my single piece, or go through Paypal to get my money back? I feel like an awful person for even thinking of it, but I don't like to waste my money and if I'm not getting a product that I'm promised for my money then it bothers me.
(Note, this is just a possible scenario. As stated, I'm going to wait a week or so before contacting the artist. If the artist responds, then I'll continue to wait and give them their space to work. I would just like to know what to do if the other situation happens.)