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Famous Suicides List

Updated July 19, 2021 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 and 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. Anthony Bourdain was a beloved celebrity chef, author, and TV personality, and unfortunately, one of famous suicidal deaths on this list of celebs who took their lives.

What celebrities have committed suicide? This list features recent celebrity suicides, as well as actors who died by suicide long ago, such as Carole Landis. 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. You will find famous American suicides below, as well as some by stars from other countries.

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

    Stephen Leo Bing (March 31, 1965 – June 22, 2020) was 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


    BirthplaceConey 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 and...  more
  • Aaron Swartz


    BirthplaceChicago, 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 development...  more
  • Abbie Hoffman


    BirthplaceWorcester, 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 ("Yippies"). He was...  more
  • Ahn Jae-hwan


    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 his car on August 22, 2008, but the exact time of his death has not been revealed; police confirmed that...  more
  • 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 the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University and Research Associate at the...  more
  • Albert Ayler


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

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  • Alice de Janzé


    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 de Trafford and holder of the noble title Comtesse (Countess) de Janzé for a few years, was an American...  more
  • BirthplaceNew 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 twentieth...  more
  • 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 October 1874 – 6 February 1899), was the son and heir apparent of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha....  more
  • Allyn King


    BirthplaceNorth 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


    BirthplaceHomer, 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....  more
  • Andre Waters


    BirthplaceBelle 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 1984...  more

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  • Anne Sexton


    BirthplaceNewton, 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. Her...  more

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  • Andrew Koenig


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Joshua Andrew Koenig () (August 17, 1968 – c. February 16, 2010) was an American character actor, film director, editor, writer, and human rights activist....  more
  • BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    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


    BirthplaceSaint-Étienne, France

    Antonin-Marie Moine (30 June 1796 – 18 March 1849) was a French romantic sculptor in the first half of the 19th century....  more
  • Assia Wevill


    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 the beginning of World War II and emigrated to Mandate Palestine, then later the United Kingdom, where...  more
  • Avicii


    BirthplaceStockholm, 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 "Levels." His...  more

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  • BirthplaceLondon, 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 variety...  more
  • BirthplaceUSA, Huntington, New York

    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 daytime soap...  more
  • Bob Welch


    BirthplaceLos 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 singles...  more

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  • Brian Bianchini


    BirthplaceCalifornia, 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....  more
  • Brad Delp


    BirthplacePeabody, 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....  more


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  • Butch Trucks


    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 best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. Trucks was born and raised in Jacksonville,...  more


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