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Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

Updated February 18, 2021 2.4m views19 items

For one reason or another, these famous people opted to end their lives by completing suicide, and their famous last words were left in these suicide notes. Just as they were notable in life, these celebrities were notable in their deaths, which came as a shock to their adoring fans, family members, and loved ones. These famous suicide notes have become as well known as some of the people they were written by. Note: the below are the real suicide notes and letters of deceased famous personalities. 

Just like the last words spoken by criminals before their executions, these words will be the last thing remembered by these celebrities. Some spoke to their family members, such as grunge rocker Kurt Cobain and Mexican actress Lupe Velez, while others focused more on themselves, such as in the notes left by author Hunter S. Thompson and poet Sara Teasdale. Some of these messages from famous people are extremely poignant, while others are sad or sarcastic. Other suicide notes or famous last words said very little, such as the simple good bye uttered by poet Hart Crane before he jumped to his (presumed) death. Other examples feature artists using the best of their skills to leave a beautiful final message, such as Sergei Esenin's poem. One of the more upsetting quotes is from the Virginia Woolf letter. 

Which celebrities wrote suicide notes? Many of these famous people left more questions than they did answers when they chose to take their own lives.

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  • Virginia Woolf
    Photo: George Charles Beresford / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    I feel certain that I'm 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.

     Woolf died by drowning herself in the River Ouse at Lewes.

    Adeline Virginia Woolf (; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Woolf was born into an affluent household in South Kensington, London, the seventh child in a blended family of eight. Her mother, Julia Prinsep Jackson, celebrated as a Pre-Raphaelite artist's model, had three children from her first marriage, while Woolf's father, Leslie Stephen, a notable man of letters, had one previous daughter. The Stephens produced another four children, including the modernist painter Vanessa Bell. While the boys in the family...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1882-1941)

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  • The act of taking my own life is not something I am doing without a lot of thought. I don't believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time. I do believe strongly, however, that the right to do so is one of the most fundamental rights that anyone in a free society should have. For me much of the world makes no sense, but my feelings about what I am doing ring loud and clear to an inner ear and a place where there is no self, only calm. Love always, Wendy.

    Wendy O. Williams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1949-1998)

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  • The future is just old age and illness and pain.... I must have peace and this is the only way.

    James Whale drowned himself in his Pacific Palisades swimming pool.

    James Whale (22 July 1889 – 29 May 1957) was an English film director, theater director and actor, who spent the greater part of his career in Hollywood. He is best remembered for several horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), all considered classics. Whale also directed films in other genres, including the 1936 film version of the musical Show Boat. He became increasingly disenchanted with his association with horror, and many of his non-horror films have fallen into obscurity. Whale was born into a large family in Dudley, Worcestershire. He discovered his artistic talent early on and studied art. With the...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1889-1957)

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  • Lupe Velez
    Photo: RKO Radio / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Lupe Velez

    To Harald,

    May God forgive you and forgive me, too, but I prefer to take my life away and our baby’s, before I bring him shame or killing him. How could you, Harald, fake such great love for me and our baby when all this time you didn’t want us? I see no other way out for me, so good-bye and good luck to you.

    Love, Lupe

    Four months pregnant, Lupe Vélez took an overdose of sleeping pills.

    María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944), known professionally as Lupe Vélez, was a Mexican-born stage and screen actress, comedian, singer, dancer, and vedette. Vélez began her career as a performer in Mexican vaudeville in the early 1920s. After moving to the United States, she made her first film appearance in a short film in 1927. By the end of the decade, in the last years of American silent films, she had progressed to leading roles in numerous movies like The Gaucho (1927), Lady of the Pavements (1928), and Wolf Song (1929), among others. She was one of the first successful Latin American actresses in the United States. During the 1930s, her well-known...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1908-1944)

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