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.
Brody StevensPhoto: The.Rohit / Flickr
On February 22, 2019, Brody Stevens took his life by apparent hanging. The comedian and actor had been taking care of his mother in Palm Springs, California, and had stopped taking the medication he had been prescribed for depression.
- Age: 51
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
- Credits: The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, Due Date, I'll Believe You, R2PC: Road to Park City
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: Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Credits: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, Aladdin
- Photo: NBC
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: Dec. at 22 (1954-1977)
- Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America
- Credits: Chico and the Man, The Million Dollar Rip-Off, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Sammy Davis Jr., Joys
In 2005, Charles Rocket (born Charles Adams Claverie) committed suicide by slitting his throat at the age of 56.
- Age: Dec. at 56 (1949-2005)
- Birthplace: Bangor, Maine, USA
- Alternative Name: Charles Hamburger, Charlie Rocket, Charlie Rockett, Charles Kennedy, Charles Claverie
- Credits: Dances with Wolves, Dumb and Dumber, Hocus Pocus, Titan A.E., How I Got into College