Suicide is a growing mental health problem in the United States, especially among young people and people over the age of 50. When it comes to actors and actresses who commit suicide, more than a few people wonder how such a decision could be made given they had what many people seek – fame and fortune. Though how much money makes someone rich is a personal opinion, the fame of an actor or actress is pretty clear. This list gives many reasons for the circumstances that led to the suicide. In some cases, the suicide is unexplained, or even questionable. It shows that suicide is a complex problem while at the same time always having a tragic ending. Life is all we know, and the effects of a suicide ripple through the acting community, family, friends, and fans.
Nearly all of these celebrity suicides have featured mental health problems in some form. The famous suicides of American actresses like Marilyn Monroe, celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain, and designers like Kate Spade, show that being successful does not prevent a person from feeling unfulfilled or unhappy.