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Famous Suicides List

Updated July 31, 2020 2.1m views251 items

Whether it's a Hollywood celeb or another famous figure, this list of famous suicides goes to show fame doesn't always buy happiness. From Robin Williams to Swedish DJ Avicii, plenty of rich & famous stars struggle with mental health—among other hardships. To put things into perspective, just check out this complete list of the most famous suicides in history, including a lot of Hollywood suicides.

Some of these famous suicides happened by overdose, as many of those who took their own lives were consumed by depression. An actor or two on this list was also believed to have killed himself, though the results of his death report has been disputed. The list below shows all celebrity suicides and all other notable people who ended their lives. What celebrities have committed suicide? This list also includes information about the methods of committing suicide used by each of these famous people who killed themselves. In short, numerous notable actors, musicians, and other famous professionals have become victims of suicide.

If you find this list interesting, check out these lists of famous suicide notes and of these suicidal celebrities who attempted to kill themselves.

  • Steve Bing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Steve Bing

    Age: 55
    Stephen Leo Bing (born March 31, 1965) is an American businessman, film producer, and donor to... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeffrey Epstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Jeffrey Epstein

    Dec. at 66 (1953-2019)

    BirthplaceConey Island, New York City, New York

    Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and... more on Wikipedia
  • Aaron Swartz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Aaron Swartz

    Dec. at 27 (1986-2013)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Abbie Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Abbie Hoffman

    Dec. at 53 (1936-1989)

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Abbot Howard Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was an American political and social... more on Wikipedia
  • Ahn Jae-hwan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Ahn Jae-hwan

    Dec. at 36 (1972-2008)

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    South Korean actor, carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Alan B. Krueger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Suicides List

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, Livingston, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Alan Bennett Krueger (September 17, 1960 – March 16, 2019) was an American economist who was... more on Wikipedia
  • Albert Ayler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Albert Ayler

    Dec. at 34 (1936-1970)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    American jazz saxophonist, jumped into New York City's East River

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  • Alice de Janzé is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Alice de Janzé

    Dec. at 42 (1899-1941)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    American heiress, committed suicide with a firearm.
  • Alfred Henry Maurer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Alfred Henry Maurer

    Dec. at 64 (1868-1932)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Alfred Henry Maurer (April 21, 1868 – August 4, 1932) was an American modernist painter. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfred, Hereditary Prince of S is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Suicides List

    BirthplaceBuckingham Palace, London, England

    Member of the British Royal Family, shot himself
  • Allyn King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Allyn King

    Dec. at 31 (1899-1930)

    BirthplaceNorth Carolina

    Allyn S. King was an American stage and film actress and singer who began her career in... more on Wikipedia
  • Ambrose Olsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Ambrose Olsen

    Dec. at 25 (1985-2010)

    BirthplaceHomer, Alaska

    Ambrose Olsen (November 27, 1985 – April 22, 2010) was an American male fashion model. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Andre Waters

    Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceBelle Glade, Florida

    Andre Maurice Waters (March 10, 1962 – November 20, 2006) was an American football safety who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Anne Sexton

    Dec. at 46 (1928-1974)

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts

    Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928 – October 4, 1974) was an American poet known for her highly... more on Wikipedia

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    #61 of 232 The Best Female Authors of All Time#90 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

  • Andrew Koenig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Andrew Koenig

    Dec. at 42 (1968-2010)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Joshua Andrew Koenig () (August 17, 1968 – c. February 16, 2010) was an American character... more on Wikipedia
  • Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Suicides List

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Died at 61 (1956 - 2018)

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  • Antonin Moine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Antonin Moine

    Dec. at 53 (1796-1849)

    BirthplaceSaint-Étienne, France

    Antonin-Marie Moine (30 June 1796 – 18 March 1849) was a French romantic sculptor in the first... more on Wikipedia
  • Assia Wevill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Assia Wevill

    Dec. at 42 (1927-1969)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    German born lover of English poet Ted Hughes; murder-suicide of her daughter with Hughes, gas
  • Avicii is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Suicides List


    Age: 31

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Tim Bergling (8 September 1989 – 20 April 2018) known professionally as Avicii, was a Swedish... more on Wikipedia

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  • Beatrice Hastings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Beatrice Hastings

    Dec. at 64 (1879-1943)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Beatrice Hastings was the pen name of Emily Alice Haigh (27 January 1879 – 30 October 1943) an... more on Wikipedia
  • Benjamin Hendrickson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Benjamin Hendrickson

    Dec. at 56 (1950-2006)

    BirthplaceUSA, Huntington, New York

    Benjamin Hendrickson (August 26, 1950 – July 3, 2006) was an American actor known for playing... more on Wikipedia
  • Bob Welch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Bob Welch

    Dec. at 67 (1945-2012)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Robert Lawrence Welch Jr. (August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012) was an American musician who was a... more on Wikipedia

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    #375 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time#1028 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

  • Brian Bianchini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Brian Bianchini

    Dec. at 26 (1978-2004)

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Brian Leo Bianchini (July 16, 1978 – March 16, 2004) was an American male model, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Brad Delp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Brad Delp

    Dec. at 56 (1951-2007)

    BirthplacePeabody, Massachusetts

    Bradley Edward Delp (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007) was an American singer and songwriter. He... more on Wikipedia


    #111 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists#112 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock

  • Butch Trucks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Suicides List

    Butch Trucks

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida, United States of America

    Drummer for the Allman Brothers Band, shot himself in West Palm Beach, FL, on January 24, 2017.


    #111 of 529 The Best Drummers Of All Time#35 of 35 Musicians Who Died in 2017

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