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16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

List of celebrities whose children committed suicide, with photos. Many of these children were known for their famous parent's celebrity status, though their deaths are tragedies no matter the circumstances. Famous children can have a hard time establishing names for themselves to the media. Many try to escape their parents' shadows but fall short of achieving the high statuses to which they've grown accustomed. Due to this, the children born to famous parent often collapse under domicile insecurity. Many of these kids became drug addicts and had long contemplated killing themselves. As a result of their addictions, death by drug overdose became a common behavior for these celebrity offspring. A loss of a child is irreparable and, sadly, these famous people who had these poor children probably never saw it coming.

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  1. Talk show host Art Linkletter's daughter, Diane Linkletter, committed suicide in 1969 by jumping to her death from a window at her apartment in West Hollywood. She was 20. Linkletter blamed his daughter's death on LSD and proclaimed it not a suicide. A friend and witness claimed that Diane had been emotional and very upset the night before her death.

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    Age: Died at 98 (1912-2010)
    Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada
    Profession: Radio personality, Actor, Presenter
    Institution: San Diego State University
    Cause Of Death: Natural causes
    Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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  2. Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson's daughter, Nikki Bacharach, suffocated in 2007, at age 40, using a plastic bag and helium. Nikki grew up with emotional issues and, many believe, a then-undiagnosed case of Asperger's syndrome. She struggled through school and her adult life.

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    Age: 87
    Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
    Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter + 4 more
    Institution: McGill University, Mannes College of Music
    Height: 5'8"
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  3. In 1995, Carroll O'Connor's son, Hugh, committed suicide after a long battle with drug addiction at the age of 32. Hugh had become addicted to painkillers after a battle with cancer, and then eventually moved to harder drugs. He called his father to tell him he was going to end his life. Police arrived at Hugh's home, but it was too late, as he had already shot himself.

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    Age: Died at 77 (1924-2001)
    Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    Institution: Wake Forest University, University of Montana - Missoula, United States Merchant Marine Academy, University College Dublin
    Height: 5'10"
    Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction, Diabetes mellitus
    Place Of Death: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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  4. In 1965, actor Charles Boyer's only child, Michael Charles Boyer, committed suicide at age 21 while playing Russian Roulette after a bad breakup. Thirteen years later, Charles Boyer too would take his own life with a lethal dose of seconal.

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    Age: Died at 79 (1899-1978)
    Birthplace: Figeac, France
    Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
    Institution: Sorbonne
    Height: 5'8"
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Suicide
    Place Of Death: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
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  5. Gloria Vanderbilt's oldest son, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide on July 22, 1988, when he was 23. He jumped from the 14th floor terrace of his mother's Manhattan apartment. In her memoir, Vanderbilt wrote that she believes the suicide was caused by a psychotic episode induced by an allergic relationship to Carter's anti-asthma medication, salbutamol.

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    Age: 91
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Fashion designer, Socialite, Designer, Actor, Writer + 1 more
    Institution: Wheeler School, Miss Porter's School, Art Students League of New York
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  6. Gregory Peck was unable to work for two years after the suicide of his son, news reporter Jonathan Peck, in 1975. Jonathan suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At the time, he was going through a broken relationship and dealing with arteriosclerosis and severe fatigue.

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    Age: Died at 87 (1916-2003)
    Birthplace: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America
    Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    Institution: San Diego High School, Neighborhood Playhouse, St. John's Military Academy, San Diego State University, University of California, Berkeley
    Height: 6'3"
    Cause Of Death: Bronchopneumonia, Pneumonia
    Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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