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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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  1. 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."

    Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1882-1941)
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer
  2. 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."

    Wendy Orlean Williams, better known as Wendy O. Williams, was an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Webster, New York, she first came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics. Her infamous stage theatrics included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1949-1998)
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer
  3. 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."

    James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein. Whale also directed films in other genres, including what is considered the definitive film ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1889-1957)
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Film Director
  4. "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."

    María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez, known professionally as Lupe Vélez, was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer in vaudeville, before moving to the U.S. Vélez soon entered films, making her first appearance in 1927 in the film The Gaucho. By the end of the decade she had ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1908-1944)
    • Profession: Actor
  5. 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.

    Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, to a middle-class family, Thompson had a turbulent youth after the death of his father left the family in poverty. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was incarcerated for 60 days after abetting ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1937-2005)
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author, Writer
  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."

    Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album ...more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
    • 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."

    Sara Teasdale was an American lyric poet. She was born Sara Trevor Teasdale in St. Louis, Missouri, and used the name Sara Teasdale Filsinger after her marriage in 1914.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1884-1933)
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
  8. 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."

    George Henry Sanders was an English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His career as an actor spanned more than 40 years. His upper-class English accent and bass voice often led him to be cast as sophisticated but villainous characters. He is perhaps best known as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1906-1972)
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor, Composer
  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."

    Freddie James Prinze, Sr. was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Prinze was the star of 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man. He also was the father of the actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.more

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    • Age: Died at 23 (1954-1977)
    • Profession: Actor, Stand-up comedian
  10. Vachel Lindsay
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    "They tried to get me - I got them first!"

    Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was an American poet. He is considered a founder of modern singing poetry, as he referred to it, in which verses are meant to be sung or chanted. His extensive correspondence with the poet W. B. Yeats details his intentions of reviving the musical qualities of poetry as they were ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1879-1931)
    • Profession: Poet
  11. "La tristesse durera toujours."

    Translation: "The sadness will last forever."

    Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Van Gogh drew as a child but did not ...more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)
    • Profession: Painter, Artist
  12. "Don't worry, it's not loaded."

    Terry Kath died playing Russian roulette.

    Terry Alan Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, co-lead singer and founding member of the rock band Chicago. He has been praised by the band for his guitar skills and Ray Charles-influenced vocal style. Growing up in a musical family, Kath took up a variety ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1946-1978)
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
  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.

    Christine Chubbuck was an American television news reporter who worked for WTOG and WXLT-TV in Florida during her career. She is noted for committing suicide during a live television broadcast.more

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1944-1974)
    • Profession: Journalist, TV Journalist
  14. 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."

    Robert Ervin Howard was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town ...more

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1906-1936)
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer
  15. "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.

    Jon-Erik Hexum was an American model and actor. He died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted blank cartridge gunshot wound to the head on the set of the CBS television series Cover Up in which he played the male lead.more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1957-1984)
    • Profession: Model, Actor
  16. 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."

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1860-1935)
    • Profession: Novelist, Lecturer, Author, Writer
  17. 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.

    Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin was a Russian lyrical poet. He was one of the most popular and well-known Russian poets of the 20th century.more

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1895-1925)
    • Profession: Poet
  18. George Eastman
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    "To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?"

    George Eastman was an American innovator and entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company and popularized the use of roll film, helping to bring photography to the mainstream. Roll film was also the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888 by the world's first film-makers Eadweard ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1854-1932)
    • Profession: Businessperson, Inventor
  19. 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.

    Harold Hart Crane was an American poet. Finding both inspiration and provocation in the poetry of T. S. Eliot, Crane wrote modernist poetry that was difficult, highly stylized, and ambitious in its scope. In his most ambitious work, The Bridge, Crane sought to write an epic poem, in the vein of The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1899-1932)
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
  20. "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"

    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas, also known as Chamfort, was a French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms. He was secretary to Louis XVI's sister, and of the Jacobin club.more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1741-1794)
    • Profession: Writer, Playwright
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