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Rock stars don't always have fantasy lives. Tragically, many notable singers have committed suicide. Some of these musicians who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years; the demise of others came as a shock to their fans. A few of these famous musician suicides have even inspired conspiracy theories - what if their supposed suicides were actually cover-ups for foul play?

When you think of famous musicians who committed suicide, Kurt Cobain must come to mind. The Nirvana frontman killed himself with a shotgun in Seattle on April 5, 1994. He had long suffered from depression and heroin addiction. Melancholy musician Nick Drake overdosed in 1974 in an apparent suicide. His music has only grown in popularity after his death.

INXS singer Michael Hutchence choked to death in an apparent suicide in 1997. He was found naked with a belt around his neck, leading some to belief that his death may have been an accidental result of auto-erotic asphyxiation. He was reported to have made several "dark" phone calls in the hours leading up to his death.

On July 20, 2017, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington hung himself at his California home. He died on Chris Cornell's birthday, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave and a close friend. Cornell had also committed suicide on two months earlier on May 18. 

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

Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Musicians Who Committed Suicide
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Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain killed himself with a shotgun in the guest house of his Seattle home on April 5, 1994. He had long suffered from depression and heroin addiction.

Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America

Cause Of Death: Suicide, Gunshot

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Musicians Who Committed Suicide
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On May 17, 2017, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room after a show. According to the Wayne County Medical Examiners Office, Cornell hung himself. Cornell suffered from depression for most of his life. When he was a teenager, his condition was so bad he was forced to stay inside his home. Music helped him come out of his shell. 

Age: 53

Birthplace: Washington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America, + more

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Avicii is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Musicians Who Committed Suicide
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Swedish DJ and musician Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20, 2018, at age 28. Though police stated there was "no evidence of foul play" in his death, Bergling's family released an open letter that suggested suicide, saying he "really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace." On May 1, 2018, TMZ reported that he self-inflicted a fatal wound with broken glass that caused massive bleeding.

Age: 28

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Musicians Who Committed Suicide
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INXS singer Michael Hutchence choked to death in an apparent suicide in 1997. He was found naked with a belt around his neck, leading some to belief that his death may have been an accidental result of auto-erotic asphyxiation. He was reported to have made several "dark" phone calls in the hours leading up to his death.

Age: Died at 37 (1960-1997)

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Cause Of Death: Suicide

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