Famous Celebrities Who Committed Suicide


Suicide is a growing social problem in society. It is not an issue that emerged recently. Many people, young and old have been committing suicide. Some of them

leave behind something that will explain their decision. But others just take their lives leaving their loved ones hurt and wondering what caused them to make such a decision.

It is even more shocking for people in society when a celebrity takes their life. Mostly because in the public eye, celebrities seem to have everything one needs to live a fulfilled life. Who does not want money and fame? Almost everyone in the world believes that a good life is having a huge following and money to buy anything you want.

Several celebrities have committed suicide. Some gave reasons for their actions while others did not. It can be concluded that all of them suffered a different kind of mental illness. Here is a list of celebrities that committed suicide:


Aaron Hernandez

In 2017, at 27 years, the famous NFL star took his life. He hanged himself in his prison cell. The guards found him and rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hernandez was serving his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.


Robin Williams

Robin was well known in the comedy industry. He started as a stand-up comedian and later moved to TV. His first show on TV was Mork & Mindy.

What the public did not know was that Robin was battling severe depression. He was also an alcohol and drug addict. He succumbed to the pressure on August 11, 2014. This was specifically a hard year for him. He had suffered a lot in both his personal and professional life.

Robin was found dead in his house in California at the age of 63. He first slit his left wrist severally before hanging himself.

His wife talked about how he had struggled with depression. She also said that he had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He will be remembered for the roles he played in Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire and Dead Poets Society.


Kate Spade

Kate was confirmed dead by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office at the age of 55. She took her life by hanging herself. Kate left a suicide note addressed to her daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. In the letter, she assured her daughter that she loved her and that her death was not her fault. She addressed that she should ask her father her reason for taking her life.


Kurt Cobain, 27 years old

Cobain and his band Nirvana broke out in 1991 after the release of their second album Nevermind. This album put them at the peak of their career and they rose in stardom. All the fame caught up to Cobain and he turned to drugs for comfort. He eventually became a heroin addict.

On the morning of August 2, 1984, Cobain was announced to be missing. It was until the 8th that he was found dead in his greenhouse. He was 27 years of age. Making it as one of the celebrities that died before 27.

Cobain shot himself. He left behind a suicide note where he explained his reasons for his decision. A postmortem examination revealed that he had overdosed on heroin and valium.


Marilyn Monroe

The famous American girl took her own life when the pressures of fame caught up with her. The Marilyn is known for her pictures on posters of beauty magazines and she was the original bombshell girl. Her affair with JFK coupled with fame did a number on her mental health. Though her death was ruled a suicide, over the years evidences have surfaced that it was it is more likely murder that took Marilyn’s life. She overdosed on barbiturates yet there were no pills were found in her stomach content, yet there was a “mark” on her arm claiming that she might have been injected with a lethal dose of drugs that was meant to kill her.


Anthony Bourdain

Anthony took his life by hanging when he was 61 years. He was a famous chef and TV personality. His body was found in a hotel room in France. At that time he was working on his food series Parts Unknown. He will be remembered for the roles he played in the Time’s Up and Me Too movements that advocated against sexual abuse that his girlfriend at the time Asia Argento. It wasbelieved that he had gotten into a huge argument with his girlfriend before his terrible act to end his life.


Chris Cornell

Cornell was famous for his grunge era band performance and his impressive 4 octave range. Soundgarden was one of the leading bands that introduce hard rock grunge into the 90s. Though Chris’ individual performance were not as widely acclaim, his score for the Casino Royal Bond flick was one of the best Bond theme song in the past couple of decades. He was found dead in his Detroit hotel room on May 18, 2017. At the hospital, the cause of his death was confirmed as hanging. Even though they found a cocktail of drugs in his system the doctor said the hanging was what killed him. Cornell was 52 years when he died. After his final concert in Detroit, he returned to his hotel room, called his wife and the phone call was allegedly the final straw that lead him to take his own life.


Chester Bennington

Bennington had been suffering from depression for most of his life and finally took his life at the age 41. He was found unconscious by his housekeeper and was rushed to the hospital. He was announced dead on arrival. His death happened on Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Cornell had also committed suicide 2 months prior. Both of them were best friends. Bennington had commented after Cornell’s death that he did not imagine a life without him.


Ian Curtis

Ian hanged himself in his kitchen when his wife found him. She said that he had occasionally confided in her. And that he repeatedly said that he had no desire of living past his 20s. He killed himself at age 24.

The people around him had ignored all signs of him being depressed. They were all interested in writing music. Ian was the lead singer and songwriter of his band, Joy Division. He was epileptic. A condition that cost him a lot because he would pass out during shows also.


Mindy McCready

Mindy shot herself when she was 37 years old. Her suicide did not come as a surprise to many. She had attempted to take her life twice before. It was speculated that she killed herself because of her boyfriend who had also committed suicide.


Mark Salling

Mark is famous for his role as Puck in Glee. He was awaiting sentencing over child porn convictions. Mark hanged himself at age 35 at a remote Angeles National Forest area.


Jonathan Brandis

Jonathan was put on the map by the role he played in the movie Never Ending Story II. He took his life at age 27.


Sawyer Sweeten

Sawyer is believed to have succumbed to financial pressure he was facing when he took his life. He played Geoffrey Barone in the famous sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. His financial problems started when the show ended. He was only 19 years when he took his life.


Ray Combs

Family Feud revival host Ray Combs killed himself in a hospital closet. He was being held at the hospital for observation after many prior attempts of suicide when he made a rope out of the bed sheets and hanged himself. Ray was 40 years at the time of his death. It was believed he had financial problems and was severely in financial debt forcing him to foreclosing his home which attributed to his depression.


Spalding Gray

Spalding jumped out of the Staten Island Ferry. He was suffering emotionally and physically from an accident he had. At the time of his death, he was 62 years old.


Jovan Belcher

Jovan was the linebacker for Kansas City Chiefs. Before he took his life he first killed his wife. After killing her he met with his coach and general manager and shot himself in front of them.

His death and the killing of his wife shocked everyone. Because Jovan was an active member of an organization called Male Athletes Against Violence. An organization that advocated against abusive acts.

He left behind a 3-month-old daughter who now had no parents. Before he shot himself he said the words, “I wasn’t able to get enough help.” He was 25 years old.


Tim Bergling (Avicii)

Tim Berling, famously known as Avicii died on April 20, 2018, at 28 years. His cause of death was perhaps one of the most tragic way; it was reported the cause of death was a suicide due to self-inflicted injuries with a broken wine bottle, with Tim eventually dying of significant blood loss. His family released a statement that said that he could not go on anymore.

He will be remembered for his music and amazing performances.


Alexander McQueen

The news of Alexander McQueen’s death shocked the world. No one would have expected him to take his own life. And at a young age of 40. He was living the fashionistas life. Alexander had just moved from Givenchy to start his own brand under his own name , Alexander McQueen. He had won fashion designer of the year for 4 years.

What people did not know is he was battling depression after the death of his mother. He took his life 9 days after she passed away. Hospital results showed that he had slit his wrists and had overdosed on cocaine.


Lucy Gordon

Lucy hanged herself and ended her life when she was 28. She left 2 suicide notes. One was a will and another letter to her parents. She will be remembered for her role in Spiderman III.


Johnny Lewis

Johnny started acting at 16 years in 7th Heaven and Malcolm in the Middle. He also acted in several other movies and series. His role in sons of anarchy is what put him on the map.

He jumped off the roof of the building he was living in. The police also found his landlady and cat dead when they found his body. Johnny was battling psychosis. His reason for taking his life was speculated to be due to his psychosis.


Gia Allemand

Gia was only 29 years when she died. Her boyfriend found her hanging when he came home and rushed her to the hospital. She was still alive when she got to the hospital. But she passed on the following day. It was reported that she argued with her boyfriend a few days before she committed suicide. 


Dana Plato

Dana killed herself in 1990 when she was 34 years old. She overdosed on drugs. 20 years later in 2010 her son, Tyler Lambert, also took his own life.


Chris Benoit

Chris, a WWE superstar took his life when he was 40 years. Before he killed himself he first strangled his wife and son. Doctors reported that he had been suffering from dementia.


L’Wren Scott

L’Wren suffered from depression and ended up taking her life. She was 49 years old at the time. Her works as a fashion designer will always be remembered.


David Strickland

David was 29 when took his life in a hotel room. He is known for the role he played in the sitcom Suddenly Susan.


Junior Seau

Junior shot himself at 43 and ended his life. He was a 10 times All-Pro in the NFL. The success and fame of his athletic life did not save him from taking his life. It was believed that he had suffered from football brain injuries known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).


Misty Upham

Misty’s death was not fully concluded to be suicide. She went missing and was found days later at the bottom of a cliff. Her family reported after her death that she was battling mental illness. She was 32 years when she died.


Ernest Hemingway

Earnest Hemmingway is known for the amazing books he authored. He had a skill for words and reached out to people as young as 7 years. Some of the books he authored include, For whom the bell tolls and the old man and the sea.

He was severely depressed and tried treating it with alcohol. But at 61 years, he decided to end his suffering and take his life.


Margaux Hemingway

She was granddaughter to Earnest Hemmingway who also committed suicide. Her role in the movie Lipstick that was released in 1976 is what made her famous.

She was depressed and battling drug addiction. Her two failed marriages did not help her mental condition. She overdosed on drugs and died. Her suicide was confirmed by her sister in 2005. Years after her death.


Hunter S. Thompson

The founder of the gonzo journalism movement took his life and left an interesting suicide note. The note read, “Football season is over. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring.” He shot himself while on a call with his wife.


George Reeves, 45 years old

George is remembered for his lead role in the adventures of superman. He took in life in 1959 when he was 45 years old. The police were not able to get accurate results of how he killed himself. Because the people in the house at the time he took his life were drunk. His death fit the ‘shot himself in the head profile’.


Lee Thompson Young

Lee took his life at 29. He did not show up at a filming for an episode. The police were sent to check if he was in his house. They went to his house and found his dead body.


Michael Roof

Michael was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He struggled financially and succumbed to pressures of not been able to provide for his family. He was found hanging from a tree hours after his wife had reported him missing.

His roles in Black Hawk Dawn and NSA Agent Shavers are memories his fans hold dear.


Aaron Swartz

Aaron is famous for designing RSS at just 14 years. He also designed other programs like Reddit. At the age of 26, he was convicted of computer fraud and illegal possession of documents. He was sentenced to 50 years and decided to just end his life.


Richard Jeni

His suicide came as no surprise to those close to him. He was reported to have been speaking to himself to just pull the trigger a few days ago. Richard had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was on antidepressants and sleeping pills to help him keep sane.

Richard’s girlfriend reported that she had gone downstairs to make breakfast when she heard gunshots. She rushed upstairs and found him dead.


Stevie Ryan, 33 years old

She committed suicide at 33 in 2017. Stevie hung herself in her home and left no suicide note. People close to her reported that she was battling drug addiction and depression.


Virginia Woolf, 59 years old

Fame novelist Viginia Wolf had batteled depression her entired life and in her suicide note confessed that she was hearing voices again and was going mad to the point she did not think she will recover this time around. AT 59 years old, she put stones in her pockets and drowned her in the river.


Mike Alfonso

The WWE star was found hanging in his home by his friends. WWE did not announce his death as caused by suicide. They tried to hide that information from the public. He died at 42 years.


Tony Scott, 68 years old

Tony was a film director. He worked with his brother. One of the famous films he directed is ‘The Good Wife’. In August 2012, he jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge and ended his life. His brother said that Tony had been battling cancer and was losing the battle. After his death, a scholarship fund was created by his family. They advised people to contribute to it so they can help send people to school and learn filmmaking.


Don Cornelius, 78 years old

The “Don” who was famous for American’s “Soul Train” had suffered painful seizures after he had brain surgery. I n 2012 at the age of 78 years old, he shot himself to death in the head.


Michael Hutchence, 41 years old

He was reported to be suffering from depression because of not seeing his daughter Tiger Lilly. Michael was also a heavy drinker. He was found dead in his hotel room at the Ritz Carlton in 1997. At the time of his death, he was 41 years old.

Michael will be remembered for his role in his band INXS.


Charlotte Dawson, 47 years old

Charlotte had admitted in her autobiography that she was suffering from depression after having abortion years back. She took her life in February 2014 at 47.


Jon-Erik Hexum, 26 years old

Technically speaking, Jon-Erik didn’t commit a suicide. He died from shooting himself, but it was during a set for the Covers up show. His character was playing a game of Russian Roulette. Shooting a blank, he suffered injuries that led to his death six days after the incident.


Jeff Alm, 25 years old

Jeff could not live with himself having caused the death of his best friend Sean P. Lynch in an accident. He shot himself in the head to do away with the guilt.


Freddie E

Freddie was 22 years when he took his life. Before he died he had posted some tweets. They all suggested that he wanted to take his life. In the tweets he wrote that God was calling him back home. He called his girlfriend and family to tell them he loved them before shooting himself.


David Foster Wallace, 46 years old

David, according to his father had battled depression for a long time. Before he killed himself, he left a suicide note and arranged his manuscripts. He then proceeded to hang himself.

His death arose different feelings among his fans. Some even thought of him as a saint.


Capucine

Famous for her role in the The Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, this French model/actress had been suffering from serious depress and killed herself in 1990 by jumping from her 8th floor flat in Switzerland. She died at the age 57 years old.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, be sure to call up the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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