Actors and Celebrities Who Committed Suicideby jonesie12345 | created - 15 Oct 2019 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
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Actress | Cloud Atlas
Mya-Lecia Naylor was born on November 6, 2002 in Warwickshire, England. She was an actress, known for Cloud Atlas (2012), Code Red (2013) and Cartoonito Tales (2011). She died on April 7, 2019 in London, England.
Died April 7, 2019, age 16, by hanging herself
Was a British child actress best known for her roles on the TV shows "Millie Inbetween" and "Almost Never"
The coroner ruled her hanging as "death by misadventure"
Her father said he believed it was a "spur of the moment act" and that she was "just making some sort of point." He acknowledged that she had been feeling very stressed and not acting her normal self in the days prior to her death
Producer | Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City, to Gladys (Sacksman), an NYT staff editor, and Pierre Bourdain, a Columbia Records executive. He attended The Englewood School for Boys in New Jersey and Vassar College (for two years), and was a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. He began his...
Died June 8, 2018, age 61, by hanging himself
Was a celebrity chef, travel show host, and New York Times bestselling author. Won 8 Emmy awards, a Peabody award, and a Webby (for best blog)
He battled drug addiction in the past, and had openly discussed his struggles with depression
His mother said, "He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this. He had everything."
Actor | Star Trek
Stocky character actor Stanley Adams had a relatively minor career in motion pictures, with the possible exception of his baby-faced millionaire Rusty Trawler of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) fame. Otherwise, he played innumerable minor ethnic villains, bartenders and avuncular, fast-talking ...
Died April 27, 1977, age 62, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was a character actor who appeared in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" as well as several other movies and TV shows; was also a screenwriter for several TV shows
Was reportedly depressed due to chronic pain from a back injury
Self | Secret Lives of Women
Stephanie Adams was born on July 24, 1970 in Orange, New Jersey, USA. She was married to Charles V. Nicholai. She died on May 18, 2018 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
Died May 18, 2018, age 47, by jumping out of a 25th floor hotel window after first throwing her 7-year old son out of the window in a murder-suicide
Was a former Playboy centerfold model; was a self-made millionaire before age 30
She had recently undergone a contentious divorce and was in an ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband over their son
5. Clay Adler
Actor | Make It or Break It
Clay Adler was born on August 20, 1989 in Newport Beach, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Make It or Break It (2009) and Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County (2007). He died on March 26, 2017 in Orange County, California.
Died March 26, 2017, age 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Best known for starring on the MTV reality show "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County"
Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Je Tu Il Elle (1974) and No Home Movie (2015). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5...
Died October 5, 2015, age 65; method not disclosed
Was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, and artist who was a pioneer in feminist filmmaking
She had a history of bipolar disorder. She had been hospitalized for depression and released 10 days before her death
She wrote in her 2013 memoir, "I've often wanted to kill myself. But I told myself I could not do that to my mother. Afterwards, when she's not there anymore." She committed suicide a year after her mother died
Actor | Captain Blood
The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...
Died January 2, 1937, age 29, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Was a matinee idol who starred in several movies in the 1930's; his career was derailed when the studio discovered he was a closeted homosexual and had been involved in a sex scandal
He was reportedly despondent over his 3 failed marriages and the decline of his career
8. Mike Alfonso
Actor | ECW Hardcore TV
Mike Alfonso was born on January 24, 1965 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Michael Lee Alfonso. He was an actor, known for Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993), WCW Thunder (1998) and WWE Smackdown! (1999). He was married to Delisa Bowers. He died on February 17, 2007 in Tampa.
Died February 17, 2007, age 42, by hanging himself
Was a professional wrestler who fought under the names Mike Awesome and The Gladiator
He was reportedly distraught after his wife told him she wanted a divorce
9. Gia Allemand
Actress | Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report
Gia Allemand was born on December 20, 1983 in Howard Beach, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Gia Marie Allemand. She was an actress, known for Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report (2011), Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown (2013) and The Bachelor (2002). She died on August 14, 2013...
Died August 14, 2013, age 29, by hanging herself with a vacuum cleaner cord tied to a spiral staircase
Was a contestant on "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad"
She had reportedly argued with her boyfriend over his alleged cheating, and according to the police report he had told her he no longer loved her. She was found unresponsive later that day after hanging herself, and rushed to the hospital. She died two days later after life support was removed
10. Keith Andes
Actor | Tora! Tora! Tora!
1950s and 60s second lead actor Keith Andes fits into the tall, handsome, strapping and highly virile mold that encompassed the likes of George Nader, Guy Madison, and Jeffrey Hunter. Although he may not be as well remembered as the aforementioned, he managed to maintain a reliable career on radio ...
Died November 11, 2005, age 85, by hanging himself
Was a versatile actor best known for starring in the TV shows, "This Man Dawson", "Glynis", and "Paradise Bay"
Was terminally ill with bladder cancer at the time of his death
11. Pedro Armendáriz
Actor | From Russia with Love
Born in Mexican revolution times, Pedro Armendáriz was the first child of Mexican Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde and American Adele Hastings. He was raised in Churubusco, then a suburb of Mexico City, before the family traveled to Laredo, Texas. They lived there until 1921, the year Armendáriz' ...
Died June 18, 1963, age 51, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest
Was a Mexican-American actor best known for his roles in the films "Maria Candelaria,", "3 Godfathers," and "From Russia With Love"
His son, Pedro Armendariz, Jr. was also an actor
He had terminal neck cancer and killed himself in the hospital
12. Todd Armstrong
Actor | Jason and the Argonauts
Todd Armstrong was born on July 25, 1937 in Missouri, USA as John Harris Armstrong. He was an actor, known for Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Icebound in the Antarctic (1983) and Iron Horse (1966). He died on November 17, 1992 in Butte, California, USA.
Died November 17, 1992, age 55, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was an actor best known for starring as Jason in the movie "Jason and the Argonauts," but his voice was dubbed by another actor
He suffered from depression and was addicted to painkillers
Soundtrack | How to Be Single
Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, was a Swedish DJ and producer who worked on live concerts. In 2011, his single ''Levels'' was on the 100 billboard chart. He was also known for ''Hey Brother''. He sometimes appeared on Radio 1's Pete Tong show. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and died in ...
Died April 20, 2018, age 28, of exsanguination; he cut himself with a broken wine bottle and bled to death
Was a Swedish DJ, remixer, and electronic musician
He toured extensively for years while battling health problems including acute pancreatitis, chronic pain, gallbladder surgery, and a ruptured appendix. He grew to hate touring and retired from it in 2016 despite tremendous pressure to continue
He died without a will. He was not married and had no children, so his entire $50 million estate went to his parents
Actress | Balika Vadhu
Pratyusha Banerjee was born on August 10, 1991 in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India. She was an actress, known for Balika Vadhu (2008), Comedy Classes (2014) and Rakt Sambandh (2010). She died on April 1, 2016 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Died April 1, 2016, age 24, by hanging herself from a ceiling fan
Was an Indian actress who had also appeared in several reality shows
She reportedly was depressed over her financial problems and her boyfriend's alleged infidelity and physical abuse. Her boyfriend, actor/producer Rahul Raj Singh, was charged with abetting her suicide. As of late 2020, the case had not yet gone to trial
15. Don 'Red' Barry
Actor | Jesse James' Women
Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this ...
Died July 17, 1980, age 68, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following a domestic dispute with his estranged wife
Was best known for starring in the "Red Ryder" movie serials
16. Simone Battle
Actress | Zoey 101
Simone Battle was born on June 17, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Simone Sherise Battle. She was an actress, known for Zoey 101 (2005), What We Need (2014) and Meanamorphosis (2012). She died on September 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Died September 5, 2014, age 25, by hanging herself
Was a contestant on "The X Factor" and a member of the girl group G.R.L.
She had reportedly been depressed over financial problems and G.R.L's lack of success
Director | Searching for Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul, born in Sweden, performed in Swedish TV-series "Ebba och Didrik" as a child in the nineties and later in life studied Journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar. He has produced several musical documentaries for Swedish Television (SVT) where he also ...
Died May 13, 2014, age 36, by jumping in front of a subway train
Was a Swedish documentary filmmaker, journalist, and former child actor best known for the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man." It won an Academy Award and a BAFTA in 2013
His brother said Malik had been increasingly lonely and isolated in the months prior to his death, and told friends he feared he was losing his creativity. He killed himself only a year after his Oscar win
A close friend and colleague said after his death, "If I think of every person I've met in my whole life, he was the least likely to take his life -- the least. He was the happiest person I knew."
18. Ari Behn
Actor | Håp i ei Gryte
Ari Behn was born on September 30, 1972 in Århus, Denmark as Ari Mikael Bjørshol. He was an actor, known for Håp i ei Gryte (2013), Long Flat Balls (2006) and Team Antonsen (2004). He was married to Prinsesse Märtha Louise. He died on December 25, 2019 in Lommedalen, Norway.
Died December 25, 2019, age 47, method not disclosed
Was married to Princess Martha Louise of Norway for 15 years; they divorced in 2017; was an author, playwright, and visual artist best known for the short story collection "Sad As Hell"
He had a history of alcoholism and depression
19. Brenda Benet
Actress | Walking Tall
Brenda Benet, born Brenda Ann Nelson in Los Angeles, California, on August 14, 1945, was a classic example of the modern-day Hollywood tragedy. As a television actress with good dramatic scope, she managed to piece together a wide and impressive portfolio of guest shots in a career spanning just ...
Died April 7, 1982, age 36, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was an actress best known for the soap opera "Days of Our Lives"
She was severely depressed over her divorce from actor Bill Bixby and devastated by the death of their six-year-old son the previous year
Soundtrack | Transformers
Chester Charles Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Susan Elaine (Johnson), a nurse, and Lee Russell Bennington, a police detective. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old. He has two half sisters and a half brother. He attended Centennial High School at the beginning of his freshman...
Died July 20, 2017, age 41, by hanging himself
Was lead singer of Linkin Park, who have sold over 132 million records worldwide
Was also lead singer of the groups Stone Temple Pilots and Sunrise
He had openly discussed his struggles with drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and depression; he had attempted suicide in the past
Was a close friend of singer Chris Cornell, who had committed suicide 2 months earlier. He committed suicide on Chris's birthday
21. Chris Benoit
Actor | WWF SmackDown!
Christopher Michael Benoit is a Canadian wrestler who was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Michael and Margaret Benoit. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, from where he was billed throughout the bulk of his career. He had a sister living near Edmonton.
During his 22-year career, Benoit worked for ...
Died June 25, 2007, age 40, by hanging himself on an exercise machine after strangling his wife and smothering his 7-year old son to death
His autopsy revealed he had brain damage from repeated blows to the head as a pro wrestler, which may have contributed to his actions. There was also speculation that Benoit had "roid rage;" however, no anabolic steroids were found in his system, but he did have elevated levels of testosterone
There were rumors that Benoit and his wife were having marital problems and she was planning to leave him, but these rumors were not confirmed. He was also deeply depressed over the death of his close friend wrestler Eddie Guerrero, who had died two years earlier
Ultimately, no one knows what combination of factors caused Benoit to commit double murder- suicide
22. Mary Kay Bergman
Actress | South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Mary Kay Bergman did not have a face known to many - her voice was recognized more than anything else in the world. Although she was a big voiceover star in the 1990s, her true claim to fame was Trey Parker and Matt Stone's critically acclaimed adult animated television series, South Park (1997), ...
Died November 11, 1999, age 38, by shooting herself with a 12-gauge shotgun
She was a voice-actress best known for doing most of the female voices on the animated TV show "South Park"
She had a history of generalized anxiety disorder and reportedly was worried that she was losing her talent
23. David Berman
Soundtrack | Tail Lights Fade
David Berman was born on January 4, 1967 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA as David Craig Berman. He was married to Cassie Berman. He died on August 7, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.
Died August 7, 2019, age 52, by hanging himself
Was an American singer, poet, and musician best known for singing with the indie rock band Silver Jews
He had a history of drug abuse and had overdosed twice. He had also attempted suicide at least once before
Actor | Casino Royale
Paul Bhattacharjee was born on May 4, 1960 in Harrow, Middlesex, England as Gautam Paul Bhattacharjee. He was an actor, known for Casino Royale (2006), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002). He died on July 12, 2013 in Splash Point Cliffs, Seaford, East Sussex, ...
Died July 12, 2013, age 53, by jumping off a cliff
Was a British actor best known for roles on the TV shows "EastEnders" and "The Jury" and the movie "Casino Royale"
He disappeared a day after the court declared him bankrupt. His body was found 2 days later
His partner Emma McKie said, "The bankruptcy was the final straw after a life of major highs and lows...He had a darkness inside him that was irreparable."
25. Steve Bing
Producer | Get Carter
Steve Bing was born on March 31, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Stephen Leo Bing. He was a producer and writer, known for Get Carter (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003) and Every Breath (1994). He died on June 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Died June 22, 2020, age 55, by jumping from the balcony of his 27th floor apartment
Became a Hollywood producer and real estate developer after receiving a $600 million inheritance at age 18
He never married, but had a son with actress/model Elizabeth Hurley and a daughter with former professional tennis player Lisa Bonder
Had a history of depression and drug abuse; friends said he told them he was bipolar
26. Clara Blandick
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
Clara Blandick was an American actress born as Clara Dickey and born aboard an American ship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known about her early life until she became an actress. She grew up in Boston and first acted on stage in E.H. Sothern's 'Richard Lovelace'. Although ...
Died April 15, 1962, age 85, by taking an overdose of sleeping pills and then tying a plastic bag around her head
Was best known for playing Auntie Em in the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz"
She was suffering from severe arthritis and was losing her eyesight
Her suicide note said, "I am now about to make the great adventure. I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer. It is all over my body. Neither can I face the impending blindness. I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen."
27. Charles Boyer
Actor | Gaslight
Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...
Died August 26, 1978, age 78, of an overdose of the barbiturate Seconal
Was a French-American actor who appeared in more than 80 films; was a four-time Oscar nominee; also a Golden Globe and Emmy nominee
Committed suicide two days after his wife died. His only child, a son, had committed suicide 13 years earlier at age 21
28. Jonathan Brandis
Actor | Seaquest DSV
Born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, to Greg and Mary, Jonathan Brandis began his career at age 5, acting in several television commercials. He also appeared in small parts in several films and TV shows before his first starring role in the 1990 film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990). ...
Died November 12, 2003, age 27, by hanging himself in the hallway of his apartment building
Was a former child star and teen idol best known for starring in the TV show "Seaquest DSV." At the height of his fame he received 4000 fan letters a week
He was 20 years old when the show ended. He tried to transition into movie and TV roles as an adult, but was largely unsuccessful
Actress | The Pink Panther
With classic patrician features and an independent, non-conformist personality, Capucine began her film debut in 1949 at the age of 21 with an appearance in the film Rendezvous in July (1949). She attended school in France and received a BA degree in foreign languages. Married for six months in her...
Died March 17, 1990, age 62, by jumping from her 8th floor apartment
She was a French fashion model and actress best known for roles in the movies "The Pink Panther," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "What's New Pussycat?"
She had a history of depression and had suffered from poor health for several years. She had been an almost total recluse during the 5 years preceding her death
30. Kelly Catlin
Kelly Catlin, a member of the U.S. women's pursuit team that won a silver medal during the 2016 Olympic Games, helped the U.S. team win three consecutive world titles in pursuit between 2016 and 2018. She won bronze in the individual pursuit at the track cycling world championships in 2017 and 2018...
Died March 7, 2019, age 23, of helium asphyxiation
She had attempted suicide 2 months earlier by the same method and been admitted to a psych hospital
Was an Olympic silver medalist in cycling with a genius IQ; was a triplet
Her father, who is an M.D. and pathologist, wrote that he believes her death was caused by depression; a concussion from a recent biking accident; brain damage from the first suicide attempt; overtraining; stress; and her unwillingness to acknowledge that she needed help
31. Iris Chang
Writer | Purple Mountain
She grew up in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where her father, a physicist, and her mother, a microbiologist, taught at the University of Illinois. Ms. Chang received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Illinois in 1989. After working briefly as a reporter for The Associated Press and The Chicago ...
Died November 9, 2004, age 36, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was an author and journalist best known for her New York Times bestselling book "The Rape of Nanking"
She had a history of bipolar disorder and clinical depression. Her suicide note said:
"I am doing this because I am too weak to withstand the years of pain and agony ahead. Each breath is becoming difficult for me to take... Please forgive me. Forgive me because I cannot forgive myself."
32. Leslie Cheung
Actor | Ah Fei jing juen
Leslie Cheung was the youngest of 10 children. His father was tailor to the late William Holden. Leslie's parents divorced when he was young, and he claims this is one reason for his disinterest in marriage. Following graduation from secondary school, he studied at Leeds University in Great Britain...
Died April 1, 2003, age 46, by jumping from the 25th floor of his hotel room
Was a Hong Kong-Canadian singer and actor and one of the founders of Cantopop (Cantonese pop music)
Was voted third "Most Iconic Musician of All Time" (after Michael Jackson and The Beatles); "Most Beautiful Man from Hong Kong Cinema;" and one of "Asia's 25 Greatest Actors of All Time"
He had a history of clinical depression and had attempted suicide at least once before
33. Sulli Choi
Actress | To the Beautiful You
Choi Seol Ri is a South Korean child actress born in Yangsan in the south-east of South Korea. She began appearing in South Korean TV dramas and movies in 2005 when she was 11 years old. Then, in September 2009, using the name "Sulli", she debuted as a singer/dancer in the 5-member K-Pop group F(x)...
Died October 14, 2019, age 25, by hanging herself
Actress, singer, and model best known as a member of the K-pop group f(x); was the most Googled person in South Korea in 2017
She had struggled with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and clinical depression; she also had been the target of vicious cyber-bullying before her death
34. Kurt Cobain
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He...
Died April 5, 1994, age 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; his body lay undiscovered for at least 3 days
Was the guitarist and frontman for the rock band Nirvana. He battled heroin addiction, depression, and health problems for years
He had attempted suicide by drug overdose a month before he died and had spent five days in the hospital recovering
Was married to actress/musician Courtney Love at the time of his death
Controversy surrounds his death, with many believing he was murdered, but this has not been proven
35. Daisy Coleman
Actress | Texas Death Trippin'
Daisy Coleman was born on March 30, 1997 in the USA as Catherine Daisy Coleman. She was an actress and producer, known for Texas Death Trippin' (2019), Texas Death Trippin Ax-Tended Cut (2020) and Audrie & Daisy (2016). She died on August 4, 2020 in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Died August 4, 2020, age 23 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was one of the subjects of the documentary "Audrie and Daisy" in which she accused a high school classmate of sexually assaulting her. She and her family were subsequently viciously harassed online and in person
She reportedly had attempted suicide multiple times in the ensuing years
36. Ray Combs
Actor | Overboard
Ray Combs was born on April 3, 1956 in Hamilton, Ohio, USA as Raymond Neil Combs Jr. He is known for his work on Overboard (1987), Family Feud (1988) and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). He was married to Debra Jo Loomis. He died on June 2, 1996 in Glendale, California, USA.
Died June 2, 1996, age 40, by hanging himself with a bed sheet
Was an actor and comedian best known for hosting the TV game show "Family Feud"
He killed himself in the hospital; he was committed there for a 72-hour psychiatric observation due to a suicide attempt the week before he died
His suicide was attributed to depression over the failure of his two comedy clubs, his house going into foreclosure, chronic pain from a car accident, and his impending divorce
37. Don Cornelius
Soundtrack | Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Don Cornelius was born on September 27, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Donald Cortez Cornelius. He was a writer and producer, known for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), Soul Train (1971) and Cleopatra Jones (1973). He was married to Viktoria Chapman and Delores Harrison. He died on ...
Died February 1, 2012, age 75, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Best known as the creator and host of the iconic TV music/dance show "Soul Train," which ran for 37 years
In his last years he was plagued by deteriorating health, recovery from brain surgery, bad business decisions, and a costly contentious divorce
38. Chris Cornell
Soundtrack | Casino Royale
Chris Cornell was a rock icon who thrived on contradictions. An innovator who resisted genre labels, he was nonetheless a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he successfully maintained his own unique identity over decades as a ...
Died May 18, 2017, age 52, by hanging himself
Was the lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave; Soundgarden sold 25 million records worldwide; Audioslave 8 million
His band was one of the pioneers of grunge
He battled drug addiction for several years, but had been clean for 15 years; however, he had multiple drugs in his system when he died
He had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for many years, but reportedly did not appear depressed the night he died
39. John Costelloe
Actor | Die Hard 2
John Costelloe was born on November 8, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Die Hard 2 (1990), Black Rain (1989) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). He died on December 18, 2008 in Brooklyn.
Died December 18, 2008, age 47, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Best known for his role as the fireman boyfriend of mobster Vito Spatafore on the TV show "The Sopranos"
Was a former New York firefighter in real life
Friends and family were surprised by his death and at a loss to explain why he committed suicide
40. Ian Curtis
Soundtrack | Donnie Darko
Ian Curtis was born in Old Trafford, Manchester, at the Memorial Hospital. He grew up listening to The Who and The Rolling Stones, and other heroes of his teenage years included David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and James Dean. He especially liked musicians whose lyrics ...
Died May 18, 1980, age 23, by hanging himself
Was the lead singer and lyricist of the British band Joy Division
He attempted suicide the month before he died
One of his bandmates said after his death, " ...I don't think it was one thing that killed him. It was all these terrible pressures...there wasn't a solution for any one of them. He couldn't find a solution and we couldn't find a solution."
Soundtrack | L'instinct de mort
Dalida was an Italian-Egyptian singer who moved to France in her 30's, where she enjoyed the most successful part of her career. She was born on January 17, 1933 in Cairo, Egypt as Yolande Christina Gigliotti. She was married to Lucien Morisse. She died on May 3, 1987 in Paris, France.
Died May 3, 1987, age 54, by overdosing on barbiturates
Was an Italian singer and actress who was born and grew up in Egypt; she later became a French citizen. Sold 170 million albums worldwide
Her fiance committed suicide in 1967, and she attempted suicide a month later, which left her in a coma. Additionally, her ex-husband, a former boyfriend, and a close personal friend/protege committed suicide
She suffered from depression, and her suicide note said "Life is unbearable for me....Forgive me."
42. Bella Darvi
Actress | The Egyptian
Bella Darvi became a 50s symbol for one of the many movie "Cinderellas" whose bright and beautiful Hollywood fairy tale would come crashing down, ending in bitterness and tragedy. A self-destructive brunette beauty, her life was full of misfortune. Of Polish/French descent, she miraculously ...
Died September 11, 1971, age 43, of carbon monoxide poisoning by opening the taps on her gas stove; her body lay undiscovered for 10 days
Was a Polish actress who appeared in films in both the U.S. and France; won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer in 1954
Had a history of depression and had attempted suicide at least 3 times before; she was also very distraught over a failed love affair with her mentor, veteran producer Daryl Zanuck, who terminated her studio contract and abruptly ended their relationship when his wife found out about it
43. Brad Davis
Actor | Midnight Express
Born in Florida in 1949, Brad Davis moved to Georgia after graduating from high school to pursue an acting career. From there, he moved to New York City, twice, to find work. By the early 1970s Davis was acting in off-Broadway plays while studying acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage ...
Died September 8, 1991, age 41, of an intentional drug overdose
Was an American actor best known for starring in the 1970's movie "Midnight Express"
He had AIDS, and his wife and an unnamed friend assisted in his suicide
44. Charlotte Dawson
Self | 2 People
Charlotte Dawson was born in New Zealand. She left New Zealand at age 16 to model in Europe and New York. After about ten years of modeling she moved to Australia, where she worked in television and in the fashion industry. In 2002 she returned to Auckland, where she worked on shows How's Life, ...
Died February 22, 2014, age 47, of an intentional drug overdose
Was a judge on "Australia's Next Top Model" and host of "The Contender"
She had been the recent target of vicious cyber bullying; she had also attempted suicide two years before her death
45. Pete Duel
Actor | Alias Smith and Jones
Born on 24 February 1940 in Rochester, New York, Pete Duel moved to West Hollywood in 1963 following a tour with the National Road Company's "Take Her, She's Mine". After landing small guest spots on various TV series, Pete was cast in a recurring role alongside Sally Field on Gidget (1965) in 1965...
Died December 31, 1971, age 31, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Was best known for starring in the TV shows "Alias Smith and Jones," "Love on a Rooftop," and "Gidget"
He had a history of alcoholism and clinical depression. He wrote that he had contemplated suicide at age 16, but "didn't have the guts to take my own life"
46. Keith Emerson
Soundtrack | MacGruber
Hailed as a keyboard legend, Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960s and 70s. He is known as one of the most prominent leaders in the progressive rock movement, fusing rock 'n' roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as ...
Died March 11, 2016, age 71, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Was a keyboardist best known as a member of the bands The Nice and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
He suffered from depression, and reportedly was worried about his ability to perform at upcoming concerts because he had nerve damage that affected his hands
47. Peg Entwistle
Actress | Thirteen Women
Peg Entwistle was born on February 5, 1908 in Port Talbot, Wales at the home of her maternal grandparents, John and Caroline Stevenson because Caroline was to act as midwife. Peg's mother was Emily Stevenson Entwistle and her father was actor/ stage manager Robert Symes Entwistle (1872-1922). They ...
Died September 16, 1932, age 24, by jumping off the "H" of the famous 50-foot "Hollywood" sign in Hollywood, California
Her uncle, who had raised her after her parents' deaths, said that she had been depressed and "suffering an intense mental anguish."
Her suicide note said "I am afraid I am a coward....If I had done this a long time ago it would have saved a lot of pain."
Actor | The Straight Story
An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in ...
Died October 6, 2000, age 80, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Best known for starring in the movie "The Straight Story" for which he received an Academy Award nomination
At the time of his suicide he had terminal prostate cancer
49. Caroline Flack
Actress | Bo' Selecta!
Caroline Flack was born on November 9, 1979 in London, England as Caroline Louise Flack. She is known for her work on Bo' Selecta! (2002), Greed (2019) and Love Advent (2011). She died on February 15, 2020 in London.
Died February 15, 2020, age 40, by hanging herself
Was the former host of the British reality TV show "Love Island". Also hosted other reality TV shows, and won the show "Strictly Come Dancing"
Was fired from "Love Island" 2 months before her death after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend. She killed herself hours after being told the case would be going to trial the next month even though her boyfriend did not want to press charges
50. Ed Flanders
Actor | St. Elsewhere
Ed Flanders was born on December 29, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Edward Paul Flanders. He was an actor, known for St. Elsewhere (1982), The Exorcist III (1990) and The Ninth Configuration (1980). He was married to Cody Lambert, Ellen Geer and Bennye Kelly. He died on February 22, 1995 in...
Died February 22, 1995, age 60, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Starred in the 1980's TV show "St. Elsewhere" for which he received 4 Emmy nominations. He also received a Tony Award for his role in "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
He had a history of heavy drinking and depression, which increased after a car accident in 1989 that left him with chronic and debilitating back pain. He spent his last years in almost total seclusion at his home
51. Keith Flint
Soundtrack | The Condemned
Keith Flint was born on September 17, 1969 in Chelmsford, Essex, England as Keith Charles Flint. He was married to Mayumi Kai. He died on March 4, 2019 in Brook Hill, North End, Dunmow, Essex.
Died March 4, 2019, age 49, by hanging himself
Was a singer with the British dance-electronic band The Prodigy and lead singer of the band Flint
He owed £7.3 million (about $9.4 million USD) in debts and taxes when he died. He had put his mansion up for sale a few days before he died
In a 2015 interview he said, "...I've always had this thing inside me that when I'm done, I'll kill myself...I swear to God that's not suicidal. It's definitely a positive thing...I just want to look back and know that I have lived a fulfilled life."
52. Dave Garroway
Actor | I Surrender Dear
Dave Garroway was born on July 13, 1913 in Schenectady, New York, USA as David Cunningham Garroway Jr. He was an actor, known for I Surrender Dear (1948), The World Through the Eyes of Children (1975) and It Happened to Jane (1959). He was married to Sarah Lee Lippincott, Pamela Wilde and Adele ...
Died July 21, 1982, age 69, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was a radio broadcaster, talk show host, and TV journalist best known for hosting "The Today Show," "ABC Nightlife" and his own talk show
He struggled with drug addiction and had done a stint in rehab. He was recovering from heart surgery and a serious post-surgery infection at the time of his death. According to his family, he was also depressed about his inability to resurrect his career
53. Rick Genest
Actor | 47 Ronin
Rick Genest was born on August 7, 1985 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He was an actor and producer, known for 47 Ronin (2013), In Faustian Fashion (2013) and Carny (2009). He died on August 1, 2018 in Montréal.
Died August 1, 2018, age 32, from a fall off a third-floor balcony
Known as Zombie Boy, he held Guinness World Records for most tattoos of human bones and most insects tattooed on a body
Was a high fashion model for Thierry Mugler, GQ, Vogue, L'Oreal, and others; appeared in Lady Gaga's video "Born This Way"
His blood alcohol level when he died was nearly 3 times the legal limit for driving; he also had traces of cannabis in his system
Police classified his death as a likely suicide; however, the coroner said it was "plausible" he fell accidentally given his state of inebriation, but she could not rule out suicide
Actress | The Day of the Jackal
Olga Georges-Picot was born on January 6, 1940 in Shanghai, China. She was an actress, known for The Day of the Jackal (1973), Love and Death (1975) and Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968). She was married to Jean Sobieski. She died on June 19, 1997 in Paris, France.
Died June 19, 1997, age 57, by jumping from the 5th floor of her apartment building
Was a French actress best known for the movies "The Day of the Jackal" and "Love and Death"
She had a history of clinical depression
55. Ha-Ra Goo
Actress | Siti hyunteo
Ha-Ra Goo was born on January 13, 1991 in Gwangju, Korea. She was an actress, known for Siti hyunteo (2011), It's Okay, That's Love (2014) and Galileo (2007). She died on November 24, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.
Died November 24, 2019, age 28; method not disclosed
Was a Korean actress and K-pop star and member of the group HARA
She had attempted suicide 6 months earlier, but was resuscitated after being found unconscious
She had been assaulted by her boyfriend the previous year and he was subsequently sentenced to 3 years in prison. The public breakup and the harsh criticism and cyberbullying she received because of it left her deeply depressed. This deepened when her best friend, K-pop star Sulli, committed suicide a month prior to Goo's death
She left a handwritten suicide note in which she described her despair
56. Lucy Gordon
Actress | Spider-Man 3
Lucy Gordon was born on May 22, 1980 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. She was an actress, known for Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Four Feathers (2002) and Serendipity (2001). She died on May 20, 2009 in Paris, France.
Died May 20, 2009, age 28, by hanging herself
Was an English actress and model best known for playing a reporter in "Spiderman 3." Was also a model for Covergirl cosmetics
It was reported that she had killed herself after an argument with her boyfriend. She was also reportedly distraught over the recent suicide of a close friend
57. Michael Gothard
Actor | Lifeforce
Best remembered in Britain for the television series Arthur of the Britons (1972), Ken Russell 's The Devils (1971) and as the villain in For Your Eyes Only (1981). His break into films came with Don Levy's Herostratus (1967). Michael was unmarried, living in Hampstead, England and under treatment ...
Died December 2, 1992, age 53, by hanging himself
British actor best known for appearing in the movies "Scream and Scream Again," "The Devils," and "For Your Eyes Only"
He was being treated for depression at the time of his death
58. Sophie Gradon
Self | Love Island
Sophie Gradon was born on October 25, 1985 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England as Sophie Hannah Gradon. She died on June 20, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Died June 20, 2018, age 32, by taking a large amount of cocaine and alcohol and then hanging herself
She was found by her boyfriend, who then committed suicide 3 weeks later
Was a former Miss Great Britain and former contestant on the British reality TV show "Love Island"
She had been diagnosed with depression and was taking medication for social anxiety disorder at the time of her death
59. Spalding Gray
Writer | Swimming to Cambodia
Spalding Gray was born on June 5, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Spalding Rockwell Gray. He was an actor and writer, known for Swimming to Cambodia (1987), Kate & Leopold (2001) and The Killing Fields (1984). He was married to Kathleen Russo and Renée Shafransky. He died on January 10...
Died January 10, 2004, age 62, by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry into the East River and drowning. His body wasn't found until 2 months later
Was an actor and writer best known for his monologue "Swimming to Cambodia"
He had a history of depression and had attempted suicide 2 years earlier; he also had received a severe head injury 3 years earlier in a car crash and was being treated by famed neurologist Oliver Sacks
60. David Hamilton
Director | Un été à Saint-Tropez
David Hamilton was born on April 15, 1933 in London, England. He was a director and writer, known for A Summer in Saint Tropez (1983), Laura, les ombres de l'été (1979) and Bilitis (1977). He was married to Gertrude and Mona Kristensen. He died on November 25, 2016 in Paris, France.
Died November 25, 2016, age 86, of asphyxiation by placing a plastic bag over his head
Was a British photographer and film director best known for his nudes of young women
In the month prior to his death he had received extensive negative publicity when 4 of his former models accused him of raping them when they were teenagers
61. Lois Hamilton
Actress | The Cannonball Run
Lois Hamilton (Areno) personified a new wave of actresses who built careers on both beauty and brains. Lois attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennslyvannia, and the University of Florence in Florence, Italy, where she received degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts. As a top Ford model in the ...
Died December 23, 1999, age 56, of an overdose of sleeping pills
Was an actress and model who appeared on the cover of many popular magazines including Cosmopolitan, Fortune, Mademoiselle, TIME, and many others; also had small parts in several movies and TV shows
She was reportedly depressed over injuries she had received in a car accident earlier in the year
62. Brynn Hartman
Actress | North
Brynn Hartman was born on April 11, 1958 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA as Vicki Jo Omdahl. She was an actress, known for North (1994), 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) and E! True Hollywood Story (1996). She was married to Phil Hartman and Douglas Iver Torfin. She died on May 28, 1998 in Encino,...
Died May 28, 1998, age 40, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing her husband, actor/comedian Phil Hartman, while he was sleeping
She had a history of alcoholism and cocaine addiction, and Phil had threatened to divorce her because of it. She was a model and aspiring actress, and friends reported that she was very jealous of his career success
Actress | A Patch of Blue
This slender, striking, red-haired, freckle-faced American leading lady, a Carnegie-Tech student in the 60s, made a stunning, sensitive film debut as the blind, abused, uneducated white girl who falls in love with compassionate Sidney Poitier in the racially charged drama A Patch of Blue (1965). ...
Died June 10, 1987, age 43, by jumping out of a 5th floor window
Nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in the 1965 movie "A Patch of Blue"; won Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer
She battled depression for many years, and purportedly had over 19 psychiatric hospitalizations
64. Ernest Hemingway
Writer | To Have and Have Not
Ernest Hemingway was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954) for his novel The Old Man and the Sea, which was made into a 1958 film The Old Man and the Sea (1958).
He was born into the hands of his physician father. He was the second of six ...
Died July 2, 1961, age 61, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Was a writer who won a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize for his novel, "The Old Man and the Sea;" his father, brother, sister, and granddaughter also committed suicide
He had a history of depression and had been treated several times with ECT (shock treatment). He also had two severe head injuries from two plane crashes. Toward the end of his life he suffered dementia due to a blood disorder
Actress | Killer Fish
Born in Portland, Oregon, she grew up in on a farm in Ketchum, Idaho. But dad was Jack Hemingway, son of the Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway and, with that heritage, fame was almost foreordained. By the time she was 21, after the lead in the rape melodrama Lipstick (1976), she had a ...
Died July 1, 1996, age 42, of an overdose of sedatives; she had been dead for several days when her badly decomposed body was found
Was an actress and model best known for starring in the movie "Lipstick," which also starred her sister Mariel
She was the 5th person in her family to commit suicide. This included her grandfather, Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway; great-grandfather; great aunt; and great uncle
She had a history of alcohol and drug abuse, bulimia, and depression. She had attempted suicide at least once before
Actor | As the World Turns
Benjamin Hendrickson was born on August 26, 1950 in Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for As the World Turns (1956), Manhunter (1986) and Regarding Henry (1991). He died on July 3, 2006 in Huntington.
Died July 3, 2006, age 55, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Best known for starring on the soap opera "As the World Turns" for over 20 years
He had suffered from depression for several years; he left several suicide notes individually addressed to family members and close friends
67. Aaron Hernandez
Self | The NFL on CBS
Aaron Hernandez was born on November 6, 1989 in Bristol, Connecticut, USA as Aaron Josef Hernandez. He died on April 19, 2017 in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA.
Died April 19, 2017, age 27, by hanging himself in his jail cell
Was a former NFL player with the New England Patriots
He had been convicted of first-degree murder and was serving life without parole at the time of his death. He had been acquitted 5 days earlier of another case, a double homicide
His autopsy showed that he had brain damage and CTE, which is caused by repeated blows to the head. This may have contributed to his paranoia and emotional volatility
Is the subject of the three-part documentary, "Killer Inside:The Mind of Aaron Hernandez"
68. Abbie Hoffman
Actor | Born on the Fourth of July
Abbie Hoffman was born on November 30, 1936 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Abbott Howard Hoffman. He was an actor and writer, known for Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Steal This Movie (2000) and Brand X (1970). He was married to Anita Hoffman and Sheila Karklin. He died on April 12, 1989 ...
Died April 12, 1989, age 52, of an intentional overdose of alcohol and barbiturates
Was a political activist, social activist, and anarchist who founded the Youth International Party (the "Yippies")
Was one of the "Chicago 7" who were convicted of inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The convictions were overturned on appeal
Struggled with bipolar disorder for many years
69. Silvio Horta
Producer | Ugly Betty
Silvio Horta was born on August 14, 1974 in Miami, Florida, USA as Silvio Alejandro Horta. He was a producer and writer, known for Ugly Betty (2006), Urban Legend (1998) and The Chronicle (2001). He died on January 7, 2020 in Miami.
Died January 7, 2020, age 45, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Was a writer and producer best known as the creator of the TV show "Ugly Betty"
His mother and sister said he had "an ongoing struggle with addiction and depression"
Soundtrack | Face/Off
Michael Hutchence is one of the greatest singers and performers in Australia's history, with a career that spanned 20 years. Born to Kelland Hutchence and Patricia Hutchence (a film and television make-up artist), Michael was the second of three children. He grew up in Hong Kong, USA, and Australia...
Died November 22, 1997, age 37, by hanging himself from a hotel door
Was an Australian musician, & singer/songwriter; co-founder and vocalist for the rock band INXS
Hutchence's mother said that he was depressed and had been on Prozac for at least 2 years prior to his death. His girlfriend, Paula Yates, disputed the coroner's finding of suicide, and said Hutchence may have died of autoerotic asphyxiation
Yates died of a heroin overdose 3 years after his death. Her and Hutchence's daughter was then adopted by her ex-husband, singer/songwriter Bob Geldof
71. Scott Hutchison
Soundtrack | The Company Men
Scott Hutchison was born on November 20, 1981 in Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland. He died on May 10, 2018 in Port Edgar, Firth of Forth, Scotland.
Died May 10, 2018, age 36, by jumping into a river
Was a Scottish musician who was a founding member of the indie rock band Frightened Rabbit
He had a history of depression and alcohol addiction and had spoken openly about mental illness
He had also written a song about suicide called "Floating in the Forth" in which he talked about jumping in the water to find "peace;" his body was subsequently found floating in the Forth River
72. William Inge
Writer | Splendor in the Grass
William (Motter) Inge brought small-town life in the American Midwest to Broadway with four successive dramatic triumphs: "Come Back Little Sheba" (1950), "Picnic" (1953; Pulitzer Prize), "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957). With the exception of his Academy ...
Died June 10, 1973, age 60, of carbon monoxide poisoning by sitting in his car and leaving it running in an enclosed garage
Was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright best known for penning the plays "Picnic", "Come Back, Little Sheba", "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs", and "Bus Stop"; won an Academy Award for his screenplay "Splendor in the Grass"
He had a history of depression and drug addiction
73. Rick Jason
Actor | Rx for Murder
The only child of a stockbroker and well-to-do mother, Richard Jacobson (who changed his surname to "Jason") described himself as "second-generation nouveau riche" and a born romantic. His behavior got him expelled from eight prep schools before he managed to graduate from the Rhodes School. His ...
Died October 16, 2000, age 77, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Best known for roles in the movie "The Wayward Bus" and the TV show "Combat!"
He killed himself one week after attending the "Combat!" reunion
74. Richard Jeni
Actor | The Mask
Richard Jeni was born on April 14, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard John Colangelo. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mask (1994), Richard Jeni: Platypus Man (1992) and Platypus Man (1995). He died on March 10, 2007 in West Hollywood, California, USA.
Died March 10, 2007, age 49, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was an actor and stand-up comedian
He had a history of schizophrenia and clinical depression
75. Da-bin Jeong
Actress | Danjeogbiyeonsu
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jeong Da-bin, whose real name is Jung Hye-sun, was mostly known for playing ever cheerful and effervescent every girl roles. Known primarily for playing schoolgirl types, she gained quite a popular following in Taiwan as well particularly for her roles in ...
Died February 10, 2007, age 26, by hanging herself with a bath towel
Best known for starring in the TV show "Cats on the Roof" and "My 19-year-old Sister-in-Law"
Was reportedly depressed over her stalled career, her manager's imprisonment, and cyberbullying about her looks; her boyfriend said she had attempted suicide 3 months earlier by slitting her wrists
Soundtrack | I Am
Died December 18, 2017, age 27, of carbon monoxide poisoning
Was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, and radio host; was lead singer of the boy band SHINee
His first solo album reached Number 1 on the Billboard World Album chart
He left a suicide note in which he referred to his "devouring" depression and struggles with fame
77. Bradley Joseph
Actor | A Cinderella Story
Brad was raised in Southern California. He graduated from El Toro high school in 2001. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career training extensively with his acting coaches. In addition to acting, Brad is a high level basketball player and fitness practitioner. His dedication to health ...
Died November 1, 2017, age 34, by jumping off the tower of his 11-story apartment building
Best known for appearing in the TV shows "Veronica Mars" and "Co-Ed Confidential"; was also known as Brad Bufanda, his birth name
He left a suicide note thanking his parents and other important people in his life
78. Chris Kanyon
Actor | WCW Monday Nitro
Debuted in World Championship Wrestling in 1995 under the name Chris Kanyon. He was soon teamed up with Mark Starr, and they were given a construction workers gimmick and named Men At Work. In 1997 he became Mortis, a member of James Vandenberg's (James Mitchell) Collection Of Human Oddities. He ...
Died April 2, 2010, age 40, of an overdose of antidepressant pills
Was an American professional wrestler
In his autobiography,"Wrestling with Reality," he told of his struggles with bipolar disorder and difficulty accepting his homosexuality; had previously spoken of committing suicide; left a suicide note
79. Brian Keith
Actor | The Parent Trap
Son of character actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and ...
Died June 24, 1997, age 75, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was an actor best known for his work in Disney films and the TV shows "Family Affair" and "Hardcastle and McCormick"
His daughter had committed suicide 2 months earlier
80. Benjamin Keough
Actor | Rod & Barry
Benjamin Keough was born on October 21, 1992 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Benjamin Storm Keough. He was an actor, known for Rod & Barry (2017) and Elvis by the Presleys (2005). He died on July 12, 2020 in Calabasas, California, USA.
Died July 12, 2020, age 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
He shot himself at home during a joint birthday party for his girlfriend and brother-in-law
Was the son of singers Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough; grandson of iconic singer-actor Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley; and brother of actress Riley Keough
He reportedly struggled with depression, worsened by the pressure to live up to the Presley family name
81. Jiah Khan
Actress | Ghajini
Jiah Khan was born on February 20, 1988 in New York City, New York, USA as Nafisa Khan. She is known for her work on Ghajini (2008), Nishabd (2007) and Housefull (2010). She died on June 3, 2013 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Died June 3, 2013, age 25, by hanging herself from a ceiling fan
Was a Bollywood actress born in New York City. In her suicide note she blamed her boyfriend for ruining her life because of his infidelity and for forcing her to get an abortion
In 2018 her boyfriend was charged with abetting her suicide; as of 2021 the case was still pending
In January 2021 the BBC aired a three-part documentary about her death called "Death in Bollywood"
82. Margot Kidder
Actress | Superman
Margot Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (Wilson), a history teacher from British Columbia, and Kendall Kidder, a New Mexico-born mining engineer and explosives expert. Margot was a delightful child who took pride in ...
Died May 13, 2018, age 69, of a drug and alcohol overdose
Was an actress best known for her role as Lois Lane in the 1978 movie "Superman"
She had struggled with mental illness for much of her life and spoke openly of the difficulties of living with bipolar disorder
83. Hana Kimura
Actress | Stardom Kyoto Max
Hana Kimura was a Japanese professional wrestler who worked for World Wonder Ring Stardom and previously Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling.
She was accepted in to the Wrestle-1 dojo after she passed an audition that took place in December of 2015. At the same month she was announced as a round girl of the ...
Died May 23, 2020, age 22, by intentionally breathing the poisonous gas hydrogen sulfide
She was a Japanese wrestler who was a member of the reality show, "Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020"
She had been the victim of vicious cyberbullying immediately prior to her death. She left behind a suicide note that said in part:
"I'm weak, I'm sorry. I don't want to be a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you everyone, I love you. Bye."
84. Stan Kirsch
Actor | Highlander
Stan Kirsch was born on July 15, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA as Stanley Benjamin Kirsch. He is known for his work on Highlander (1992), Straight Eye: The Movie (2004) and JAG (1995). He was married to Kristyn Green. He died on January 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Died January 11, 2020, age 51, by hanging himself
Best known for the TV series "Highlander" and "JAG"
85. Andrew Koenig
Actor | InAlienable
Andrew Koenig was born on August 17, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joshua Andrew Koenig. He was an actor and editor, known for InAlienable (2007), Batman: Dead End (2003) and Growing Pains (1985). He died on February 14, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Died February 14, 2010, age 41, by hanging himself from a tree
Best known for his role as Boner on the 1980's TV show "Growing Pains"; was the son of actor Walter Koenig who played Chekov on the original "Star Trek" TV show
He was outspoken about his struggles with clinical depression, and had discontinued his medication a year before his death
86. Jerzy Kosinski
Writer | Being There
Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland as Jerzy Lewinkopf. He was a writer and actor, known for Being There (1979), Reds (1981) and The Painted Bird (2019). He was married to Katherina ("Kiki") von Fraunhofer and Mary Hayward Weir. He died on May 3, 1991 in New York City,...
Died May 3, 1991, age 57, by taking a lethal amount of alcohol and drugs and then suffocating himself by wrapping a plastic bag around his head
Was a writer best known for the novels "The Painted Bird" and "Being There", both of which he was accused of plagiarizing
At the time of his death he was suffering from a serious heart problem and was very depressed
In 1979 he told a reporter, "I'm not a suicide freak, but I want to be free. If I ever have a terminal disease that would affect my mind or my body, I would end it."
87. Carole Landis
Actress | I Wake Up Screaming
Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.
Died July 5, 1948, age 29, of an overdose of Seconal
Was known as "The Chest" because of her buxom figure
She was reportedly distraught because her boyfriend, actor Rex Harrison, would not leave his wife for her
88. Brian Lawler
Actor | WWF SmackDown!
Brian Lawler was born on January 10, 1972 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Brian Christopher Lawler. He was an actor, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), WrestleMania XIV (1998) and WWE Raw (1993). He was married to Davah Lawler. He died on July 29, 2018 in Memphis.
Died July 29, 2018, age 48, by hanging himself in his jail cell after being placed in solitary confinement following a jailhouse fight
Was a professional wrestler who was the son of pro wrestler Jerry Lawler; also wrestled under the name Brian Christopher
He had been diagnosed with major depression, and his brother speculated that he was bipolar. He also had a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse
89. Philippe Lemaire
Actor | Ciudad Baja (Downtown Heat)
Born in 1927, orphan, Philippe Lemaire was tempted to enter the French Navy before starting a movie career in 1945. He became famous in the 50s and 60s for his roles with Jeanne Moreau or Michele Morgan under the direction of Roger Vadim, Jean-Pierre Melville or Alexandre Astruc. In March 2004, one...
Died March 15, 2004, age 77, by throwing himself under a subway train in Paris
Was a French actor who appeared in nearly 100 films; best known for "The Naked Heart" and "Downtown Heat"
Killed himself one day after his 77th birthday
90. Johnny Lewis
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the middle of three siblings, Johnny began performing from the age of 5 at a small performing arts school, making his debut as a Chanukah candle.
Pursuing the acting profession, he appeared with success in many TV and film projects, handling both drama and...
Died September 26, 2012, age 28, after a fall from a roof
The day of the fall he went on a rampage in which he strangled and stomped his 81-year-old landlady to death, killed her cat with his bare hands, and assaulted two people next door
Best known for his roles on the TV shows "The O.C." and "Sons of Anarchy"; ironically, he quit "Sons of Anarchy" because he felt the story lines were too violent
He had been arrested several times in the months prior to his death. Those closest to him believe his spiral into violence was caused by an untreated Traumatic Brain Injury from a motorcycle accident the year before his death and being severely beaten in the head a couple months later; he had no history of violence prior to the accident
His death was ruled accidental, but some believed he intentionally jumped
91. Carlo Lizzani
Director | Banditi a Milano
Carlo Lizzani was born on April 3, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for The Violent Four (1968), Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954) and It's a Hard Life (1964). He was married to Edith Bieber. He died on October 5, 2013 in Rome.
Died October 5, 2013, age 91, by jumping from the third-floor balcony of his apartment
Was an Italian film director and screenwriter who made more than 40 feature films; also made documentaries and TV series; was nominated for an Academy Award
Was director of the Venice Film Festival for 4 years
He left a suicide note, but the contents were not publicly disclosed
92. Michael Lockwood
Actor | WWF SmackDown!
Michael Lockwood was born on August 25, 1971 in Pacifica, California, USA as Michael John Lockwood. He was an actor, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), WWE Jakked (1999) and WWE Raw (1993). He was married to Christeena Wheeler. He died on November 6, 2003 in Navarre, Florida, USA.
Died November 6, 2003, age 32, of a drug overdose
Was a professional wrestler who fought under the name Crash Holly
He committed suicide shortly after being served divorce papers
93. Richard Manuel
Soundtrack | The Brothers Bloom
Richard Manuel was one of the leaders of the rock group The Band. Known as the "funny" one, Manuel was also very frail and was prone to drug use. He sang some of the group's most prominent songs, "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)", "Tears of Rage", "Whispering Pines" and "I Shall Be Released". After ...
Died March 4, 1986, age 42, by hanging himself after ingesting a large amount of alcohol and cocaine
Was a singer, songwriter, and pianist best known as the lead singer of the rock group The Band
He struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for many years
Self | The Outdoor Experience
Daniel Lee Martin was born on March 16, 1965 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. He died on February 14, 2020 in New Port Richey, Florida.
Died February 14, 2020, age 54, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was a country singer and reality TV star best known for the TV shows "Brotherhood Outdoors," "Backroads With Daniel Lee Martin," and "Till Death Do Us Part"
Killed himself when deputies attempted to serve warrants on him for 9 counts of sexual crimes against children
95. Ashley Massaro
Actress | Smallville
Ashley Massaro was born on May 26, 1979 in Babylon, Long Island, New York, USA as Ashley Marie Massaro. She was an actress, known for Smallville (2001), WWE Smackdown! (1999) and WWE Raw (1993). She died on May 16, 2019 in Smithtown, Long Island.
Died May 16, 2019, age 39, by hanging herself
Was a professional wrestler; also appeared on the reality show "Survivor:China"
In an affidavit for a lawsuit against the WWE she wrote:
"To this day, I suffer from depression, for which I take medication; migraine headaches; and severe short-term memory loss. I attribute these issues...specifically to the routine repetitive blows to the head I received in the ring...."
These injuries and symptoms may have contributed to her decision to commit suicide
96. Ashley Mattingly
Ashley Mattingly was born on September 10, 1986 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Ashley Jean Mattingly. She died on April 16, 2020 in Austin, Travis, Texas.
Died April 16, 2020, age 33, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Was a former Playboy centerfold model
She posted a video on Instagram 3 days before her death saying she had been hospitalized for vomiting blood from drinking too much alcohol
Her family said she had struggled with alcohol and substance abuse for many years. The content of her suicide note was not publicly disclosed
97. Mindy McCready
Soundtrack | Switchback
Mindy McCready was born on November 30, 1975 in Fort Meyers, Florida, USA as Malinda Gayle McCready. She died on February 17, 2013 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA.
Died February 17, 2013, age 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Was an American country music singer best known for her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, which was certified double Platinum; also for the album, If I Don't Stay the Night, which was certified Gold
She had attempted suicide at least 3 times before. She struggled with legal problems and drug addiction and appeared on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew
She was also despondent over the death of her boyfriend who had shot himself to death one month earlier
98. Maggie McNamara
Actress | The Moon Is Blue
Maggie McNamara -- with her brown hair in a ponytail -- arrives in Rome in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) expecting great things to happen. Petite and slender, she looks almost like a schoolgirl in her prim blue suit. She is bright and vivacious and goes for what she wants -- a proposal from "...
Died February 18, 1978, age 48, of an overdose of tranquilizers and sleeping pills
She was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for the movie "The Moon is Blue"
Her career waned in the following years and she supported herself by working as a typist
She had a long history of depression
Director | Björk: Volumen
Alexander McQueen was born on March 16, 1969 in Lewisham, London, England as Lee Alexander McQueen. He died on February 11, 2010 in Mayfair, London.
Died February 11, 2010, age 40, by taking a lethal amount of sleeping pills, cocaine, and tranquilizers and then hanging himself
Was a British fashion designer who was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his work. He also won 4 British Designer of the Year awards and an International Designer of the Year award
He had overdosed on pills at least twice before, and had a history of mental illness. He was also despondent over the loss of his mother, who had died a week earlier
100. Jill Sobel Messick
Producer | Frida
Jill Sobel Messick was born on July 27, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jill Laura Sobel. She was a producer, known for Frida (2002), Mean Girls (2004) and She's All That (1999). She was married to Kevin J. Messick. She died on February 7, 2018 in Los Angeles.
Died February 7, 2018, age 50; method of suicide not publicly disclosed
Was a Hollywood film producer and talent manager best known for producing the films "Mean Girls," "Frida," and "Baby Mama"
In the weeks before her death she had been the victim of negative publicity and cyberbullying for allegedly helping movie producer Harvey Weinstein cover up his sexual misconduct toward her former client, actress Rose McGowan
She had battled bipolar disorder for several years. She killed herself one day after the anniversary of her mother's death