Actors and Celebrities Who Committed Suicide - IMDb

Actors and Celebrities Who Committed Suicide

by jonesie12345 | created - 15 Oct 2019 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

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1. Mya-Lecia Naylor

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

2. Anthony Bourdain

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."

3. Stanley Adams

Actor | Star Trek

Stanley Adams was a character who had a lengthy theatrical motion picture career. The majority of his roles were playing minor characters with the possible exception of his role playing Rusty Trawler who's a pint sized millionaire in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's. Otherwise, he played ...

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

4. Stephanie Adams

Self | Secret Lives of Women

Stephanie Adams was born on July 24, 1970 in Orange, New Jersey, USA. She is known for her work on Secret Lives of Women (2005), Playboy: Playmate Private Pleasures (1992) and Playboy Video Playmate Review 1993 (1993). She was married to Charles V. Nicholai. She died on May 18, 2018 in Manhattan, ...

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"

6. Chantal Akerman

Director | Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

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 The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on ...

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

7. Ross Alexander

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 | WCW Thunder

Mike Alfonso was born on January 24, 1965 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Michael Lee Alfonso. He was an actor, known for WCW Thunder (1998), Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993) 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

13. Avicii

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

14. Pratyusha Banerjee

Actress | Balika Vadhu

Pratyusha Banerjee was born on August 10, 1991 in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India. She was an actress, known for Child Bride (2008), Rakt Sambandh (2010) and Comedy Classes (2014). 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. However, the case never went 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 | What We Need

Simone Battle was born on June 17, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Simone Sherise Battle. She was an actress, known for What We Need (2014), Zoey 101 (2005) and Meanamorphosis (2012). She died on September 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

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

17. Malik Bendjelloul

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), Lange flate ballær (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. He 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

20. Chester Bennington

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 | ECW November to Remember

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 (CTE) from repeated concussions 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. He did, however, have extremely 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

24. Paul Bhattacharjee

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 | The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter

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

29. Capucine

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 Rendez-vous de juillet (1949). She attended school in France and received a BA degree in foreign languages. Married for six months in...

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

Self | Tissot UCI Track Cycling World

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 Me & Mrs. C. (1986). 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 had been 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 and 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, and 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. Smiley Culture

Actor | Absolute Beginners

Smiley Culture was born on February 10, 1963 in South London, England as David Victor Emmanuel. He was an actor, known for Absolute Beginners (1986), Smiley Culture: Police Officer (1984) and Smiley Culture: Cockney Translation (1985). He died on March 15, 2011 in Surrey, England.

Died March 15, 2011, age 48, of a self-inflicted stab wound to the heart

Was a British reggae singer and DJ

He stabbed himself while the police were executing a search warrant of his home looking for drugs. His trial for a previous drug arrest was scheduled to begin 6 days later

A police investigation into his death concluded that the raid was procedurally flawed, and many members of his family and the general public believe he died due to police brutality

41. 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."

42. Dalida

Soundtrack | No Time to Die

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 sold 170 million albums worldwide. She was born and grew up in Egypt; she later became a French citizen

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 committed suicide

She suffered from depression, and her suicide note said "Life is unbearable for me....Forgive me."

43. 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 turning on her gas stove and not lighting it. 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

She 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

44. 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

45. Charlotte Dawson

Self | Inside Film Awards

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

46. 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"

47. 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

48. 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."

49. Richard Farnsworth

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

50. 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), Love Advent (2011) and Is Harry on the Boat? (2001). 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

51. 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

52. Keith Flint

Soundtrack | The Condemned

Keith Flint was born on September 17, 1969 in Chelmsford, Essex, England as Keith Charles Flint. He was an actor and composer, known for The Condemned (2007), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Hall Pass (2011). He was married to Mayumi Kai. He died on March 4, 2019 in Brook Hill, North End...

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."

53. 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

54. 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. He 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

55. Olga Georges-Picot

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 I Love You, I Love You (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

56. Ha-Ra Goo

Actress | Siti hyunteo

Ha-Ra Goo was born on January 13, 1991 in Gwangju, Korea. She was an actress, known for City Hunter (2011), It's Okay, That's Love (2014) and Garireo (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

57. 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

58. 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

59. 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

60. 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 Paper (1994). He was married to Kathleen Russo and Renée Shafransky. He died on January 10, 2004 in...

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

61. David Hamilton

Director | Laura, les ombres de l'été

David Hamilton was born on April 15, 1933 in London, England. He was a director and writer, known for Laura, les ombres de l'été (1979), Bilitis (1977) and A Summer in Saint Tropez (1983). 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

62. 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

63. 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

64. Elizabeth Hartman

Actress | A Patch of Blue

A slender, striking, red-haired, freckle-faced American leading lady, Mary Elizabeth Hartman was born in Boardman, Ohio on December 23, 1943, as the middle of three children born to building contractor Bill C. Hartman (May 7, 1914, Ohio - October 26, 1964, Youngstown, Ohio) and housewife Claire ...

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 a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer

She battled depression for many years, and purportedly had over 19 psychiatric hospitalizations

65. 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

66. Margaux Hemingway

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

67. Benjamin Hendrickson

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

68. Aaron Hernandez

Self | The NFL on CBS

Aaron Hernandez was born on November 6, 1989 in Bristol, Connecticut, USA as Aaron Josef Hernandez. He is known for his work on The NFL on CBS (1956), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and NFL on FOX (1994). 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"

69. 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

70. Libby Holman

Actress | Dreams That Money Can Buy

Libby Holman's life was one of early poverty, extraordinary talent, scandal, fabulous wealth and tragedy. She's the stuff books and movies are ripe for. Born into a once-prosperous Jewish family in Ohio, her family's stock brokerage business collapsed in 1904 when her uncle disappeared after ...

Died June 18, 1971, age 67, of carbon monoxide poisoning

Was an American singer and actress

She was also a civil rights and anti-war activist during the 1960's and a staunch supporter of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Eugene McCarthy

She suffered from depression which worsened following the death of her son, close friend actor Montgomery Clift, and close friends JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. She had tried to commit suicide at least twice before

71. 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"

72. Michael Hutchence

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

73. 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

74. 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

75. 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

76. 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

77. Da-bin Jeong

Actress | Geu nom-eun meot-iss-eoss-da

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

78. Jonghyun

Soundtrack | I Am

Jonghyun was born on April 8, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea as Kim Jong-hyun. He was an actor and composer, known for I Am (2012), Lee Hi: Breathe (2016) and Kiss Note (2012). He died on December 18, 2017 in Seoul.

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

79. 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

80. 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 the difficulty of accepting his homosexuality. He had also attempted suicide in 2003, but survived

81. 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

82. 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 grandson of iconic singer-actor Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley; son of singers Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough; and brother of actress Riley Keough

He reportedly struggled with depression, worsened by the pressure to live up to the legacy of his famous grandfather

83. 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"

84. 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

85. 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."

86. 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"

87. 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

88. 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."

89. 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

90. 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), WWE Raw (1993) and WrestleMania XIV (1998). 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

91. Philippe Lemaire

Actor | Mon ami le cambrioleur

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

92. Johnny Lewis

Actor | AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem

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 to his residence

Best known for dating singer Katy Perry and 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

In the months prior to his death he had exhibited increasingly bizarre behavior and been arrested several times for assault. Those closest to him believe his spiral into violence was caused by a Traumatic Brain Injury from a motorcycle accident a year before his death for which he refused to be treated

He was also severely beaten in the head a couple months after the accident while attempting to break into a home. He had no history of violence or criminal behavior prior to the motorcycle accident

His death was ruled accidental, but some believed he intentionally jumped

93. 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 Celluloide (1996). 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

94. 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 Raw (1993) and WWE Jakked (1999). 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

95. 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

96. Michael Mantenuto

Actor | Miracle

Michael Mantenuto was born on May 13, 1981 in Holliston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Miracle (2004), Surfer, Dude (2008) and Dirtbags (2006). He was married to Kati Vienneau. He died on April 24, 2017 in Des Moines, Washington, USA.

Died April 24, 2017, age 35, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Was an actor best known for the Disney movie "Miracle"

He had a history of depression and had been hospitalized for it in 2015

97. Daniel Lee Martin

Actor | Cherry Malicious

Daniel Lee Martin was born on March 16, 1965 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. He was an actor, known for Cherry Malicious (2016) and The Outdoor Experience (2017). 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

98. 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

99. Ashley Mattingly

Self | 2nd Annual Babes in Toyland Pet Edition

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

100. John McAfee

Actor | Reigning Blood

John McAfee was born on September 18, 1945 in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England as John David McAfee. He was an actor, known for Reigning Blood (2020), Who Is McAfee and Dateline (1984). He was married to Janice Dyson and Judy. He died on June 23, 2021 in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Catalonia, Spain.

Died June 23, 2021, age 75, presumably by hanging himself

Was a millionaire businessman who wrote the first antivirus software for computers

He was found dead in his prison cell near Barcelona only hours after a Spanish court ordered him to be extradited to the U.S. to face tax evasion charges

His death is controversial because he had purportedly told several people that if he were ever found hanged in a jail cell, it would mean he was murdered

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