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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.

Hollywood actor Ray Milland lost his son, Daniel Milland, to suicide in 1981. Cheyenne Brando, daughter of Marlon Brando, died by committing suicide at her mother's house. Other suicides by children of celebs include Willie Nelson's son Billy and Paul Newman's kid Scott. 

A loss of a child is irreparable and, sadly, these famous people who had these poor children probably never saw it coming. 


Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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Marlon Brando's daughter, Cheyenne Brando, hanged herself in 1995 at age 25. After becoming pregnant, the Tahitian-born model moved with the baby's father, Dag Drollet, to Marlon's house in Los Angeles. Shortly after moving, in 1990, Cheyenne's half-brother, Christian, shot and killed Drollet. After that, Cheyenne's mental state deteriorated until she was diagnosed with schizophrenia, losing custody of her son, Tuki Brando. She hanged herself at the home of her mother, Tarita Teriipaia.

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Age: Died at 80 (1924-2004)

Profession: Actor

Children: Cheyenne Brando, Christian Brando, Stephen Blackehart, Rebecca Brando Miko Castaneda Brando, + more

Credits: The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman, On the Waterfront

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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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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)

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Children: Anthony Peck, Cecilia Peck, Stephen Peck, Jonathan Peck Carey Paul Peck

Credits: To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday, The Omen, The Guns of Navarone

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Marie Osmond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, jumped from the 8th floor of an LA apartment building in 2010. Michael had previously suffered a lifelong battle with depression, and at the age of 16, had gone to rehab for undisclosed reasons. At the time of his suicide, Michael was said to be clean and sober.

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Age: 57

Profession: Screenwriter, Designer, Actor, Singer Presenter

Children: Stephen Blosil, Michael Bryan Blosil, Brandon Warren Blosil, Abigail Michelle Blosil Rachael Lauren Blosil, + more

Credits: Donny and Marie, Marie, The Talk, Entertainment Tonight

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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In 1978, Paul Newman's son, Scott Newman, who was an aspiring actor in his own right, was found dead in a hotel after overdosing on pills and alcohol. He was 28. Scott Newman had issues with drinking and had been arrested for some alcohol-related incidents. He suffered a motorcycle accident in 1978 for which he then also began taking pain pills. On the night of his death, Scott mixed a lethal dose of Valium, alcohol, and other drugs.

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Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Racing driver, + more

Children: Nell Newman, Scott Newman, Susan Kendall Newman, Melissa Newman Stephanie Newman, + more

Credits: Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

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L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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On October 28, 1976, Quentin Hubbard, son of Scientology mastermind L. Ron Hubbard and his third wife, Mary Sue, was found outside of Las Vegas, unconscious in his car with a tube leading from the exhaust to the window. After his older half-brother, Ron Jr., quit the Church in 1959, Quentin had been groomed by their father to succeed him as the leader of the organization. However, according to former fellow Scientologists, Quentin was gay (or, at least, semen was found in his rectum when he died), which was at odds with Church doctrine and a great source of personal torment. Two weeks after his apparent suicide attempt, he died at 22 years old, having never regained consciousness.

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Age: Died at 75 (1911-1986)

Profession: Religious Leader, Novelist, Author, Writer

Credits: Battlefield Earth, The Secret of Treasure Island, Orientation: A Scientology Information Film, How to Use Dianetics: A Visual Guidebook to the Human Mind The Auditor's Code, + more

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Gloria Vanderbilt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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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: 93

Profession: Fashion designer, Socialite, Designer, Actor Writer, + more

Children: Anderson Cooper, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, Christopher Stokowski, Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski

Credits: Half Past Autumn

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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In 1991, Willie Nelson's son Billy, 33, hanged himself in his family's Tennessee cabin following a period of financial difficulty. 

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Age: 83

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Poet, Record producer Television producer, + more

Children: Paula Carlene Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Susie Nelson, Lana Nelson Billy Nelson, + more

Credits: Forrest Gump, Shrek, Wag the Dog, Brokeback Mountain

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Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide
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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: 88

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer Songwriter, + more

Children: Lea Nikki Bacharach, Oliver Bacharach, Cristopher Bacharach, Raleigh Bacharach

Credits: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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