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Famous Comedians Who Committed Suicide

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.

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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: Dec. 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
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    In 1996, Ray Combs committed suicide by hanging at the age of 40. The Family Feud host had a lot of debt at the time of his death.

    • Age: Dec. at 40 (1956-1996)
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Credits: Family Feud, The 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition with Host Jay Leno, Family Challenge
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    Richard Jeni (born Richard John Colangelo) fatally shot himself in 2007, at the age of 49. Earlier that year, he had been "diagnosed with severe clinical depression coupled with bouts of psychotic paranoia."

    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1957-2007)
    • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
    • Credits: The Mask, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, Dad's Week Off, Open Mic, Platypus Man
  • Andrew Koenig committed suicide by hanging in 2001, at the age of 41. The Growing Pains actor had reportedly suffered from depression throughout most of his adult life.

    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1968-2010)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Credits: G.I. Joe, Batman: Dead End, InAlienable, DaZe