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Sometimes a quick joke hides a heavy heart. Sadly, there have been several notable comedian suicides that have shocked the world. Many of these comedians who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years. The unexpected deaths of these notable stand ups have led to increased awareness of the seriousness of mental illness, at a terrible price.

Who are some of the famous comedians who committed suicide? In 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging at the age of 63. The comedian had suffered from depression throughout much of his adult life. In 1977, at the age of 22, Freddie Prinze committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He had had a history of depression, and was going through a divorce at the time of his death. Other famous comics who committed suicide include Tony Hancock, Richard Jeni, and Max Linder.

Are you surprised that so many comic actors have committed suicide? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedians Who Committed Suicide
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In 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging at the age of 63. The comedian had suffered from depression throughout much of his adult life.

Age: Died at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Credits: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, Aladdin

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Freddie Prinze is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians Who Committed Suicide
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Freddie Prinze committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in 1977. He was 22. The comedian had a history of depression, and was going through a divorce at the time of his death. His son, Freddie Prinze, Jr., was less than a year old.

Age: Died at 23 (1954-1977)

Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, USA

Credits: Chico and the Man^! The Million Dollar Rip-Off^! Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Sammy Davis Jr.^! Joys

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Charles Rocket is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians Who Committed Suicide
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In 2005, Charles Rocket (born Charles Adams Claverie) committed suicide by slitting his throat at the age of 56.

Age: Died at 56 (1949-2005)

Birthplace: Bangor, Maine, United States of America

Credits: Dances with Wolves, Dumb and Dumber, Hocus Pocus, Titan A.E., How I Got into College, + more

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Tony Hancock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedians Who Committed Suicide
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In 1968, 44-year-old Tony Hancock committed suicide by overdose. "Nobody will ever know I existed. Nothing to leave behind me. Nothing to pass on. Nobody to mourn me. That's the bitterest blow of all," he wrote in his suicide note.

Age: Died at 44 (1924-1968)

Birthplace: Hall Green, United Kingdom

Credits: Hancock's Half Hour, Orders Are Orders, The Punch and Judy Man, The Rebel, The Tony Hancock Show, + more

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