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.
Read more about these tragic stories below. And if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health and/or addiction, check out SAMHSA's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (or 4357).
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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.
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In 1978, Paul Newman's son, Scott Newman, who was an aspiring actor in his own right, was found dead in a hotel after overdosing on pills and alcohol. He was 28. Scott Newman had issues with drinking, and had been arrested for some alcohol-related incidents.
He suffered a motorcycle accident in 1978, for which he then also began taking pain pills. On the night of his death, Scott mixed a lethal dose of Valium, alcohol, and other drugs.