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It's always heartbreaking to find out that there are many athletes who have committed suicide. When your favorite player is gone too soon by his or her own hand, it can be difficult to cope with. Athletes who have killed themselves are often depressed, or involved with drugs and alcohol. Several famous boxers, NBA players, and football stars have committed suicide. Some of these athletes have died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, while others killed themselves using carbon monoxide poisoning. Several athletes have even been involved in murder-suicide crimes.

Who is the most famous athlete who committed suicide? NHL player Rick Rypien tops our list. He struggled with clinical depression for most of his life, and committed suicide on Aug. 15, 2011. At age 25, on Dec. 1, 2012, Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, the mother of his child, and then drove to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice facility and shot himself.

At age 67, boxer Kid McCoy committed suicide on April 18, 1940 by taking sleeping pills. His suicide note read, "Everything in my possession, I want to go to my dear wife, Sue E. Selby... To all my dear friends... best of luck... sorry I could not endure this world's madness." At age 43, Junior Seau committed suicide on May 2, 2012 by shooting himself in the chest.

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Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 86 Athletes Who Committed Suicide
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At age 43, Junior Seau committed suicide on May 2, 2012 by shooting himself in the chest.

Age: Died at 43 (1969-2012)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

Teams: New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, USC Trojans football

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Rick Rypien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 86 Athletes Who Committed Suicide
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Rick Rypien struggled with clinical depression for much of his life. He committed suicide on Aug. 15, 2011.

Age: Died at 27 (1984-2011)

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Blairmore, Canada

Teams: Vancouver Canucks

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Wade Belak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 86 Athletes Who Committed Suicide
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Wade Belak died on Aug. 31, 2011 when he was 35 years old. His death was treated as a suicide, but many family members believe it may have been accidental.

Age: Died at 35 (1976-2011)

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada

Teams: Florida Panthers

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Kenny McKinley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 86 Athletes Who Committed Suicide
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Kenny McKinley committed suicide on Sept. 20, 2010, at age 23, by shooting himself in the head.

Age: Died at 23 (1987-2010)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mableton, Georgia, United States of America

Teams: Denver Broncos

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