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Famous Writers Who Committed Suicide 

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Updated November 6, 2017 34.8k views 22 items

Talent and a troubled mind sometimes go hand in hand. That's the case for these notable novelists, journalists, and essayists who committed suicide. Many of these writers who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years. Some famous writer or novelist suicides have been debated as being cover-ups for foul play.

Who are some famous authors who committed suicide? On February 20, 2005, Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide by gunshot in his Colorado home at the age of 67. He was suffering from chronic pain due to a back injury and hip replacement surgery. Ernest Hemingway shot himself as well; he committed suicide in 1961, at the age of 61. He reportedly received shock therapy shortly before he took his own life. Other famous writers who killed themselves include Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Abbie Hoffman.

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

Ernest Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers Who Committed Suicide
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On June 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun at the age of 61. He reportedly received shock therapy shortly before he took his own life.

Age: Dec. at 62 (1899-1961)

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

Credits: To Have and Have Not, The Killers, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers Who Committed Suicide
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Virginia Woolf committed suicide by drowning in 1941. In part, her suicide note read, "Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness."

Age: Dec. at 59 (1882-1941)

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Credits: Orlando, Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Golven

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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers Who Committed Suicide
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Sylvia Plath committed suicide on February 11, 1963, at the age of 30, by placing her head in the oven. She sealed off the kitchen with wet towels to stop the gas from drifting into the room where her children were sleeping.

Age: Dec. at 31 (1932-1963)

Birthplace: Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts

Credits: The Bell Jar, The Bell Jar, The Missing Me, The Colossus

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Hunter S. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers Who Committed Suicide
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On Feb. 20, 2005, Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide by gunshot in his Colorado home at the age of 67. He had been suffering from chronic pain due to a back injury and hip replacement surgery.

Four days before his death, Thompson wrote what many believe to be a suicide note. It reads, "No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt."

Age: Dec. at 68 (1937-2005)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Credits: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Where the Buffalo Roam

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