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Famous Musicians Who Committed Suicide

Updated December 17, 2020 628.5k views31 items
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Rock stars don't always have fantasy lives. Tragically, many notable musicians have died by suicide. Some may have killed themselves as a result of depression or other complex health issues, which is why it is important to be aware of the warning signs. A few of these tragedies have even inspired conspiracy theories, making some wonder if they were cover-ups for foul play.

When you think of famous musicians who died by suicide, Kurt Cobain probably comes to mind. The Nirvana frontman killed himself in 1994. The rocker is referred to as part of the "27 club," among other beloved musicians who died at the young age of 27.

Musician Nick Drake passed in 1974 in an apparent suicide. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington took his own life at his California home in 2017, on the birthday of Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave and a close friend. Cornell had perished in the same manner only two months earlier. There are unfortunately a large number of artists who killed themselves. 

It may be surprising that so many famous musicians died by suicide; indeed, rates are rising across the US, but treatments for the underlying causes are advancing. If you or someone you know needs support, reach out to organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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