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52 Celebrities Who Attempted Suicide

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List of Celebrities Who Attempted Suicide, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Despite their success, fame, and fortunes, several famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes have tried to end their own lives. Many of these celebrities have fully recovered from their attempted suicides, but others continue to struggle with the pressures of stardom and disorders like depression and bipolar disorder. 

Who is the most famous person who attempted suicide? Britney Spears tops our list. According to an unauthorized biography, Britney Spears attempted suicide twice in 2006. This was around the time of her divorce from Kevin Federline and before her infamous head-shaving incident. Actress Halle Berry told People magazine that she attempted to commit suicide after her marriage to David Justice ended. She said, "I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming... when I had an image of my mother finding me." Other famous actresses who attempted suicide include Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Taylor, and Patty Duke, who was later diagnosed with manic depression.

Owen Wilson reportedly attempted to commit suicide by slitting his wrists in 2007. Drew Carey tried to end his life by overdosing on pills when he was 18 and again when he was 20. Elton John tried to kill himself by sticking his head in a glass stove and breathing in the deadly fumes. He wrote the song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" about the event.

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    In 2016, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey revealed that she contemplated suicide after her devastating 2015 loss to Holly Holm. Although she didn't actually take physical steps to hurt herself, Rousey said that she seriously thought about it because her undefeated streak was over and, "no one gives a sh*t about me anymore without this." Luckily, the love of her family, friends, and boyfriend Travis Browne ultimately persuaded her otherwise.
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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
    • Credits: The Expendables 3, Furious 7
  2. Drew Barrymore attempted suicide by cutting her wrists with a kitchen knife when she was just 14 years old. 

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Scream, Donnie Darko, Batman Forever, The Wedding Singer, + more
  3. Elton John tried to kill himself by sticking his head in a glass stove and breathing in the deadly gases. He wrote the song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" about the event.

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Dog Day Afternoon, BrĂ¼no, Lethal Weapon 3, The Road to El Dorado, Tommy, + more
  4. Halle Berry told People magazine that she attempted to commit suicide after her marriage to David Justice ended. She said, "I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me."

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cloud Atlas, + more
  5. Owen Wilson reportedly attempted to commit suicide by slitting his wrists in 2007.

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Dallas
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Armageddon, Cars, Wedding Crashers, Cars 2, Rushmore, + more
  6. Princess Diana tried to commit suicide by throwing herself down a flight of stairs because she was so distraught over how Prince Charles treated her.

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1961-1997)
    • Birthplace: Sandringham, England
    • Profession: Crown Princess
  7. Johnny Cash tried to commit suicide in 1969, while he was high on drugs, by getting lost in the Nickajack Cave.

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1932-2003)
    • Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Walk the Line, North and South, The Hunted, A Gunfight, A Tribute to Johnny Cash, + more
  8. Tina Turner revealed that she tried to kill herself in 1986 in her autobiography.

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nutbush, USA
    • Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Last Action Hero, Tommy, What's Love Got to Do with It, + more
  9. In 1996, Eminem attempted to end his life by overdosing on Tylenol after his then-girlfriend, Kim Scott, tried to end their relationship.

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: 8 Mile, Funny People, The Interview, The Wash, Pauly Shore Is Dead, + more
  10. Elizabeth Taylor tried to commit suicide in 1962 by overdosing on Seconal.

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Cleopatra, National Velvet, The Flintstones, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Giant, + more
  11. Ozzy Osbourne attempted to commit suicide several times, the earliest when he was just 14 years old.

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Musician, Lyricist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Little Nicky, Private Parts, Gnomeo & Juliet, + more
  12. Richard Pryor tried to commit suicide by pouring rum on his body and lighting himself on fire in 1980.

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1940-2005)
    • Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Master of Ceremonies, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Blazing Saddles, The Muppet Movie, Superman III, Silver Streak, Harlem Nights, + more
  13. Brigitte Bardot tried to kill herself by overdosing on sleeping pills and slitting her wrists in the 1950s.

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Activist, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Cinema Paradiso, Contempt, Shalako, Spirits of the Dead, Helen of Troy, + more
  14. Danny Bonaduce tried to end his life by overdosing on drugs and alcohol after his wife asked for a divorce in 2005.

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Broomall, USA, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Wrestler, Comedian, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Charlotte's Web, The Partridge Family, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Corvette Summer, + more
  15. Mike Tyson blames promoter Don King for manipulating and using him, which led to his depression, drug use, and suicide attempt.

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Athlete, Professional Boxer
    • Credits: The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, Scary Movie 5, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Tyson, + more
  16. According to an unauthorized biography, Britney Spears attempted suicide twice in 2006.

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: Goldmember, Crossroads, The Mickey Mouse Club, Britney and Kevin: Chaotic, Pauly Shore Is Dead, + more
  17. Walt Disney attempted to overdose on drugs and alcohol when he was 31 years old. 

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1901-1966)
    • Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Animator, + more
    • Credits: Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, + more
  18. Billy Joel tried to kill himself by drinking furniture polish in 1970.

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Oliver & Company, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, Last Play at Shea, Elton John: One Night Only: The Greatest Hits, + more
  19. Clark Gable attempted to commit suicide by using a high-powered motorbike after his wife passed away in 1942.

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1901-1960)
    • Birthplace: USA, Cadiz, Ohio
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, Cinema Paradiso, The Misfits, + more
  20. "American Idol" star Fantasia Barrino attempted to end her life by taking a combination of pills in 2010, after her boyfriend broke up with her.

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor
    • Credits: American Idol, Fantasia for Real, Celebration of Gospel: Taking You Higher
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