This is a list of celebrities whose children completed suicide, with photos. Many of these children were known for their famous parent's celebrity status, though their deaths are tragedies no matter the circumstances. Famous children can have a hard time establishing names for themselves.
Many try to escape their parents' shadows but fall short of achieving the high statuses to which they've grown accustomed. Due to this, the children born to famous parent often collapse under domicile insecurity. Hollywood actor Ray Milland lost his son, Daniel Milland, to suicide in 1981.
Cheyenne Brando, daughter of Marlon Brando, died by completing suicide at her mother's house. Other suicides by children of celebs include Willie Nelson's son Billy and Paul Newman's kid Scott. The was sadly also the cause of death for Jenny Lee Arness, actor James Arness's daughter. Gregory Peck, the star of To Kill a Mockingbird, took two years off to deal with his son's death in 1975.
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Sinéad O'Connor tweeted the sad news, posting, “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today, and is now with God. May he rest in peace, and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”
The news of his death came two days after a missing persons report was filed when he left an Irish hospital, at which he was on suicide watch.
Michael Madsen’s son, Hudson Madsen, died at 26 in a “suspected suicide,” authorities told the Sun on January 24, 2022.
“I can confirm Hudson Lee Madsen died by a gunshot wound to the head in a suspected suicide on the island of Oahu,” a spokeswoman for the Department of the Medical Examiner in Honolulu told the publication.
Michael was the godson of Quentin Tarantino, as his father has collaborated with him on many films, including Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill.
Michael served in the US Army, and spent time in Afghanistan, according to his Facebook.
Regina King's son Ian Alexander Jr. died by suicide on January 19, 2022, People confirmed. He was 26.
"Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you," King said in a statement to the publication.
Ian was King's only child, with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. Ian was also a DJ.
Ian often walked the red carpet with his mother, and the pair had matching tattoos of the words "unconditional love" in Aramaic.
Marlon Brando's daughter, Cheyenne Brando, hanged herself in 1995 at age 25. After becoming pregnant, the Tahitian-born model moved with the baby's father, Dag Drollet, to Marlon's house in Los Angeles.
In 1990, shortly after they moved in, Cheyenne's half-brother Christian shot and killed Drollet. After that, Cheyenne's mental state deteriorated until she was diagnosed with schizophrenia, losing custody of her son, Tuki Brando. She hanged herself at the home of her mother, Tarita Teriipaia.
Gregory Peck was unable to work for two years after the suicide of his son, news reporter Jonathan Peck, in 1975. Jonathan suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At the time, he was going through a broken relationship and dealing with arteriosclerosis and severe fatigue.
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Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, jumped from the 8th floor of an LA apartment building in 2010. Michael had previously suffered a lifelong battle with depression, and at the age of 16, had gone to rehab for undisclosed reasons. At the time of his suicide, Michael was said to be clean and sober.