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Famous Suicides List 

Notable Famous Deaths
Updated June 25, 2020 2M views 250 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
Age: 53
Stephen Leo Bing (born March 31, 1965) is an American businessman, film producer, and donor to progressive causes. He is the founder of the Shangri-La Entertainment, an organization with ...more
Jeffrey Epstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 66 (1953-2019)

Birthplace: Coney Island, New York City, New York

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender. Epstein began his professional life as a teacher, then changed to the banking ...more
Aaron Swartz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 27 (1986-2013)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the ...more
Abbie Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Suicides List
Abbie Hoffman Dec. at 53 (1936-1989)

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

Abbot Howard Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was an American political and social activist, anarchist, and revolutionary who co-founded the Youth International Party ...more
Ahn Jae-hwan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 36 (1972-2008)

Birthplace: Goesan County

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 his car on August 22, 2008, but the exact time of his death has not been revealed; police confirmed ...more
Alan B. Krueger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Suicides List
Age: 58

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, Livingston, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Alan Bennett Krueger (September 17, 1960 – March 16, 2019) was an American economist who was the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University and Research Associate at ...more
Albert Ayler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 34 (1936-1970)

Birthplace: Cleveland, 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 saxophonist, singer and composer.After early experience playing R&B and bebop, Ayler began recording music ...more

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Alice de Janzé is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 42 (1899-1941)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

American heiress, committed suicide with a firearm. Alice de Janzé, née Silverthorne (28 September 1899 – 30 September 1941), also known as Alice de Trafford and holder of the noble title Comtesse (Countess) de Janzé for a ...more
Alfred Henry Maurer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 64 (1868-1932)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Alfred Henry Maurer (April 21, 1868 – August 4, 1932) was an American modernist painter. He exhibited his work in avant-garde circles internationally and in New York City during the early ...more
Alfred, Hereditary Princ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 25 (1874-1899)

Birthplace: Buckingham 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 October 1874 – 6 February 1899), was the son and heir apparent of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and ...more
Allyn King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Suicides List
Allyn King Dec. at 31 (1899-1930)

Birthplace: North Carolina

Allyn S. King was an American stage and film actress and singer who began her career in vaudeville, and later as a Ziegfeld Follies performer. King's 1930 suicide was the end result of her long ...more
Ambrose Olsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Suicides List
Ambrose Olsen Dec. at 25 (1985-2010)

Birthplace: Homer, Alaska

Ambrose Olsen (November 27, 1985 – April 22, 2010) was an American male fashion model. He was known for appearing in dozens of ad campaigns for Armani and Hugo Boss.
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Suicides List
Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)

Birthplace: Belle Glade, Florida

Andre Maurice Waters (March 10, 1962 – November 20, 2006) was an American football safety who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) from ...more

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Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 46 (1928-1974)

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts

Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928 – October 4, 1974) was an American poet known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. ...more

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Andrew Koenig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 42 (1968-2010)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Joshua Andrew Koenig () (August 17, 1968 – c. February 16, 2010) was an American character actor, film director, editor, writer, and human rights activist.
Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Suicides List
Age: 62

Birthplace: New 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, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international ...more

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Antonin Moine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Suicides List
Antonin Moine Dec. at 53 (1796-1849)

Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France

Antonin-Marie Moine (30 June 1796 – 18 March 1849) was a French romantic sculptor in the first half of the 19th century.
Assia Wevill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 42 (1927-1969)

Birthplace: Berlin, 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 the beginning of World War II and emigrated to Mandate Palestine, then later the United Kingdom, ...more
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Suicides List
Age: 29

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Tim Bergling (8 September 1989 – 20 April 2018) known professionally as Avicii, was a Swedish DJ, electronic musician, and songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2011 with his single ...more

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Beatrice Hastings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 64 (1879-1943)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Beatrice Hastings was the pen name of Emily Alice Haigh (27 January 1879 – 30 October 1943) an English writer, poet and literary critic. Much of her work was published in The New Age under a ...more
Benjamin Hendrickson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 56 (1950-2006)

Birthplace: Huntington, New York, USA

Benjamin Hendrickson (August 26, 1950 – July 3, 2006) was an American actor known for playing Harold "Hal" Munson, Jr., the Chief of Detectives for the mythical town of Oakdale on the ...more
Bob Welch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Suicides List
Dec. at 67 (1945-2012)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Robert Lawrence Welch Jr. (August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012) was an American musician who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He had a successful solo career in the late 1970s. His ...more

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Brian Bianchini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Suicides List
Brian Bianchini Dec. at 26 (1978-2004)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Brian Leo Bianchini (July 16, 1978 – March 16, 2004) was an American male model, and occasional film actor, active from the late 1990s through the mid-2000s.
Brad Delp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Suicides List
Brad Delp Dec. at 56 (1951-2007)

Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts

Bradley Edward Delp (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007) was an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ.

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Butch Trucks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Suicides List
Butch Trucks Age: 71

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

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

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