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Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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For one reason or another, these famous people opted to end their lives by committing suicide, and their famous last words were left in these suicide notes. Just as they were notable in life, these celebrities were notable in their deaths, which came as a shock to their adoring fans, family members, and loved ones. These famous suicide notes have become as well known as some of the people they were written by.

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.

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    Virginia Woolf
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    "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."
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1882-1941)
    • Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Orlando, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Simple Gifts, Golven, + more
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    Wendy O. Williams
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    "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."
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1949-1998)
    • Birthplace: Webster, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Reform School Girls
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    James Whale
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    "The future is just old age and illness and pain.... I must have peace and this is the only way."
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    • Age: Died at 68 (1889-1957)
    • Birthplace: Dudley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House, Hell's Angels, Waterloo Bridge, + more
  4. Lupe Velez

    "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."
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    Hunter S. Thompson
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    "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.
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    • Age: Died at 68 (1937-2005)
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diary, Where the Buffalo Roam, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Buttermilk and Cigarettes
  6. "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."
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Artist
  7. "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."
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1884-1933)
    • Birthplace: Area code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    George Sanders
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    "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."
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    • Age: Died at 66 (1906-1972)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor, Composer
    • Credits: The Jungle Book, All About Eve, Rebecca, A Shot in the Dark, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, + more
  9. "I must end it. There's no hope left. I'll be at peace. No one had anything to do with this. My decision totally."
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    • Age: Died at 23 (1954-1977)
    • Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Stand-up comedian
    • Credits: Chico and the Man, Million Dollar Rip Off
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    Vachel Lindsay
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    "They tried to get me - I got them first!"
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1879-1931)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet
  11. "La tristesse durera toujours."

    Translation: "The sadness will last forever."
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    • Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)
    • Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
    • Profession: Painter, Artist
  12. "Don't worry, it's not loaded."

    Terry Kath died playing Russian roulette.
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    • Age: Died at 32 (1946-1978)
    • Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
    • Credits: Electra Glide in Blue
  13. "And now, in keeping with Channel 40's policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living color, you're about to see another first - an attempted suicide."

    Christine Chubbuck shot herself during a broadcast.
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1944-1974)
    • Birthplace: Hudson, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, TV Journalist
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    Robert E. Howard
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    "All fled--all done, so lift me on the pyre;
    The feast is over, and the lamps expire."
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1906-1936)
    • Birthplace: Peaster, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Solomon Kane, Red Sonja, Kull the Conqueror, + more
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    Jon-Erik Hexum
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    "Lets see if this will do it."

    Jon-Erik Hexum died from an accidental suicide as he shot himself with a blank-loaded pistol on the set of TV spy show "Cover Up." The concussion forced a chunk of his skull into his brain; he died six days later.
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1957-1984)
    • Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Voyagers!, Cover Up, Making of a Male Model, The Bear
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    Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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    "When all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one."
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1860-1935)
    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Lecturer, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Yellow Wallpaper
  17. Sergei Esenin

    Goodbye, my friend, goodbye
    My love, you are in my heart.
    It was preordained we should part
    And be reunited by and by.
    Goodbye: no handshake to endure.
    Let's have no sadness -- furrowed brow.
    There's nothing new in dying now
    Though living is no newer.

    This note was written in his own blood, and given to a friend the day before Sergei Esenin hanged himself.
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    George Eastman
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    "To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?"
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1854-1932)
    • Birthplace: Waterville, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Inventor
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    Hart Crane
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    "Goodbye, everybody!"

    These were the last words of Hart Crane as he jumped off the cruise ship "Orizaba." His body was never found.
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    • Age: Died at 33 (1899-1932)
    • Birthplace: Ohio, United States, with Territories, Garrettsville, Portage County
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
  20. Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort

    "Moi, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, déclare avoir voulu mourir en homme libre plutôt que d'être reconduit en esclave dans une maison d'arrêt"

    Translation: "I, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, hereby declare my wish to die a free man rather than to continue to live as a slave in a prison"
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