Just like the last words spoken by criminals before their executions, these words will be the last thing remembered by these celebrities. Some spoke to their family members, such as grunge rocker Kurt Cobain and Mexican actress Lupe Velez, while others focused more on themselves, such as in the notes left by author Hunter S. Thompson and poet Sara Teasdale. Other suicide notes or famous last words said very little, such as the simple goodbye uttered by poet Hart Crane before he jumped to his (presumed) death.
Which celebrities wrote suicide notes? These famous people left more questions than they did answers when they chose to take their own lives.
"I feel certain that I'm going mad again. I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices."
Age: Died at 59 (1882-1941)
Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer
#57 on The Best Writers of All Timesee more on Virginia Woolf
"The act of taking my own life is not something I am doing without a lot of thought. I don't believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time. I do believe strongly, however, that the right to do so is one of the most fundamental rights that anyone in a free society should have. For me much of the world makes no sense, but my feelings about what I am doing ring loud and clear to an inner ear and a place where there is no self, only calm. Love always, Wendy."
Age: Died at 49 (1949-1998)
Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer
#94 on The Best Female Rock Singerssee more on Wendy O. Williams
"The future is just old age and illness and pain.... I must have peace and this is the only way."
Age: Died at 68 (1889-1957)
Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Film Director
Also Rankedsee more on James Whale
"To Harald, may God forgive you and forgive me too but I prefer to take my life away and our baby's before I bring him with shame or killing him, Lupe."
Age: Died at 36 (1908-1944)
Also Rankedsee more on Lupe Vélez
"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun – for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax – This won't hurt."
Hunter S. Thompson left the note, titled "Football Season is Over," for his wife, Anita. He shot himself four days later at his home in Aspen, Colorado, after weeks of pain from a host of physical problems that included a broken leg and a hip replacement. The two were on the telephone at the time.
Age: Died at 68 (1937-2005)
Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author, Writer
Also Rankedsee more on Hunter S. Thompson
"Frances and Courtney, I'll be at your altar. Please keep going Courtney, for Frances for her life will be so much happier without me. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU."
Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer Artist
#23 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#85 on The Best Singers of All Time
#10 on The Best Frontmen in Rocksee more on Kurt Cobain
"When I am dead, and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain drenched hair,
Tho you should lean above me broken hearted,
I shall not care.
For I shall have peace.
As leafey trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bough.
And I shall be more silent and cold hearted
Than you are now."
Age: Died at 49 (1884-1933)
Profession: Poet, Writer
#68 on The Best Gay Authorssee more on Sara Teasdale
"Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool - good luck."
Age: Died at 66 (1906-1972)
Profession: Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor, Composer
Also Rankedsee more on George Sanders