Athletes Who Took Their Own Lives

It's always heartbreaking to find out that there are many athletes who have ended their own lives. When your favorite players are gone too soon by their own hands, it can be difficult to cope with. Athletes who have ended their own lives are often depressed, or involved with substance abuse. Several famous boxers, NBA players, and football stars have ended their own lives. 

Who are some of the most famous athletes to commit suicide?  NFL linebacker Junior Seau currently tops our list. He passed on May 2, 2012, at age 43, by shooting himself in the chest. NHL player Rick Rypien struggled with clinical depression for most of his life, and passed on August 15, 2011 at age 27. On December 1, 2012, 25-year old Jovan Belcher shot and slayed 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 ended his life on April 18, 1940, by taking sleeping pills. His 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."

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  • Former NFL player Phillip Adams killed himself on April 8, 2021, after killing five people on a shooting rampage in South Carolina

  • Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Just days after being acquitted in a different double-murder trial, Hernandez hanged himself by his bedsheets in his prison cell.

  • Junior Seau
    Photo: Dave Sizer / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    At age 43, Junior Seau took his life on May 2, 2012, by shooting himself in the chest.

  • Rick Rypien
    Photo: Resolute / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

    Rick Rypien struggled with clinical depression for much of his life. He passed on August 15, 2011, by his own hand.