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Famous Artists Who Committed Suicide 

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Updated May 31, 2017 33.5k views 21 items

Painters, photographers, and sculptors pour their emotions into their work - and for some artists, those emotions aren't always easy. Many notable artists have committed suicide, and several did so after suffering from depression for many years. Some famous artist suicides have been debated as being cover-ups for foul play.

Who are some famous artists who committed suicide? On July 29, 1890, Vincent van Gogh died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. His death is believed to have been a suicide, as he struggled with mental illness throughout his life, but some suspect foul play. On February 25, 1970, Mark Rothko committed suicide by slitting his wrists and overdosing on antidepressants at the age of 66. Other famous artists who committed suicide include Spider Martin, Kay Sage, and Antonin Moine.

Are you surprised that so many talented artists killed themselves? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists Who Committed Suicide
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On July 29, 1890, painter Vincent van Gogh died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. His death is believed to have been a suicide, as he struggled with mental illness throughout his life, but some suspect foul play.

Age: Dec. at 37 (1853-1890)

Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists Who Committed Suicide
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On February 25, 1970, painter Mark Rothko committed suicide by slitting his wrists and overdosing on antidepressants at the age of 66. He was found on the floor of his studio lying in a pool of blood, which was reminiscent of his style of work.

Age: Dec. at 67 (1903-1970)

Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists Who Committed Suicide
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On July 26, 1971, photographer Diane Arbus committed suicide by slitting her wrists and overdosing on barbiturates at the age of 48. She had written, "The last supper," in her journal, which lay open on her desk.

Age: Dec. at 48 (1923-1971)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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John William Godward is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists Who Committed Suicide
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Painter John William Godward committed suicide on December 13, 1922, at the age of 61. Reportedly, he wrote in his suicide not that the world was not big enough for him and Pablo Picasso.

Age: Dec. at 61 (1861-1922)

Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom