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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

    Steve Bing

    Age: 55
    Stephen Leo Bing (March 31, 1965 – June 22, 2020) was an American businessman, film producer,...  more
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    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
  • Aaron Swartz

    Aaron Swartz

    Dec. at 27 (1986-2013)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer,...  more
  • Abbie Hoffman

    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
  • Ahn Jae-hwan

    Ahn Jae-hwan

    Dec. at 36 (1972-2008)

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    South Korean actor, carbon monoxide poisoning
    Ahn Jae-hwan (June 8, 1972 – August 22, 2008) was a South Korean actor. Ahn was found dead in...  more
  • Alan B. Krueger

    BirthplaceLivingston, New Jersey, United States of America

    Alan Bennett Krueger (September 17, 1960 – March 16, 2019) was an American economist who was...  more
  • Albert Ayler

    Albert Ayler

    Dec. at 34 (1936-1970)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    American jazz saxophonist, jumped into New York City's East River
    Albert Ayler (; July 13, 1936 – November 25, 1970) was an American avant-garde jazz...  more

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  • Alice de Janzé

    Alice de Janzé

    Dec. at 42 (1899-1941)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    American heiress, committed suicide with a firearm.
    Alice de Janzé, née Silverthorne (28 September 1899 – 30 September 1941), also known as Alice...  more
  • Alfred Henry Maurer

    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
  • Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

    BirthplaceBuckingham Palace, London, England

    Member of the British Royal Family, shot himself
    Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Alfred Alexander William Ernest Albert; 15...  more
  • Allyn King

    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
  • Ambrose Olsen

    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
  • Andre Waters

    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

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  • Anne Sexton

    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

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  • Andrew Koenig

    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
  • Anthony Bourdain

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Died at 61 (1956 - 2018)

    Anthony Michael Bourdain (; June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American celebrity chef,...  more

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  • Antonin Moine

    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
  • Assia Wevill

    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
    Assia Esther Wevill (15 May 1927 – 23 March 1969) was a German woman who escaped the Nazis at...  more
  • Avicii


    Age: 31

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

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

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  • Beatrice Hastings

    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
  • Benjamin Hendrickson

    Benjamin Hendrickson

    Dec. at 56 (1950-2006)

    BirthplaceHuntington, New York, United States of America

    Benjamin Hendrickson (August 26, 1950 – July 3, 2006) was an American actor known for playing...  more
  • Bob Welch

    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

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  • Brian Bianchini

    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
  • Brad Delp

    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


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  • Butch Trucks

    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.

    Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks (May 11, 1947 – January 24, 2017) was an American drummer. He was...  more


    #114 of 532 The Best Drummers Of All Time#35 of 35 Musicians Who Died in 2017