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Original list from "Marilyn Monroe to Vincent van Gogh: Famous People Who Committed Suicide" on ListAfterList Wiki: http://www.listafterlist.com/tabid/57/listid/3503/Personalities/Marilyn+Monroe+to+Vincent+van+Gogh+Famous+People+Who+Committed+Suicide.aspx#ixzz1qTPQfsCc

  • Johnny Ace (1954), singer, American singer, playing Russian Roulette
  • Nick Adams (1968), American actor, overdose of paraldehyde and Promazine.
  • Robert Adams, Jr. (1906), congressman from Pennsylvania, shot himself after heavy losses in stock speculation
  • Stuart Adamson (2001), Scottish singer (Big Country, Skids), hanging
  • Chris Adkisson, a.k.a. Chris von Erich, (1991), professional wrestler, gunshot to the head
  • Kerry Adkisson, a.k.a. Kerry von Erich, (1993), professional wrestler, gunshot wound to the chest
  • Mike Adkisson, a.k.a. Mike von Erich, (1987), professional wrestler, overdosed on the tranquilizer placidyl
  • Neil Aggett (1982), South African worker's union leader; hanged in prison (murder is suspected by some)
  • General Sergei Akhromeev (1991), Soviet military commander who led an unsuccessful coup against Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1927), Japanese writer (author of "Rashomon"), barbital overdose
  • Leandro Alem (1896), Argentine politician, founder of the Radical Civic Union
  • Prince Alfred of Edinburgh (1899), member of the British Royal Family
  • Salvador Allende (1973), president of Chile (elected 1970), and uncle of renowned author Isabel Allende - allegedly shot himself during a coup d'etat against his regime orchestrated by General Augusto Pinochet - some sources allege that he was killed
  • Marwan al-Shehhi (2001), One of the Arabian suicide hijackers responsible for the attacks on 11 September 2001
  • Jason Altom (1998), Ph.D. student
  • Jean Améry (1978), Austrian writer
  • Forrest Howard Anderson (1989), Governor of Montana
  • Fridolin Anderwert (1880), Swiss Federal Councilor
  • Aman Andom (1974), military ruler of Ethiopia; committed suicide to avoid his execution in an internal purge
  • Gwili Andre (1959), Danish actress
  • Roger Angleton (1998), brother of imprisoned Texas extortionist who admitted in his suicide note to killing his sister-in-law, socialite Doris Angleton
  • Anson Jones (1858), doctor, businessman, congressman, and the last president of the Republic of Texas
  • Mark Antony (30 BC), Roman politician and general
  • Marshall Applewhite (1997), leader of the Heaven's Gate cult
  • Hubert Aquin (1977), author
  • Diane Arbus (1971), art photographer
  • Reinaldo Arenas (1990), Cuban-American artist and writer
  • Aristotle, Greek philosopher Although his death is sometimes reported as suicide, this is not historically proven, and many scholars believe Aristotle died a natural death
  • Pedro Armendáriz, (1963)
  • Edwin Armstrong (1954), U.S. inventor of FM radio; jumped from a 13th floor window believing FM was a failure
  • Nikolas Asimos (1988), Greek rock musician
  • Mohamed Atta (2001), leader of 19 Arabian suicide hijackers in the September 11, 2001 attacks, he himself being the suicide pilot of one of four teams; he crashed a plane into the North tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Its collapse caused a death toll of approx. 1800
  • George Ault (1948), American painter
  • Albert Ayler (1970), American jazz saxophonist; jumped into New York City's East River
  • Milan Babic (2006), former leader of Republic of Serbian Krajina who pleaded guilty to war crimes
  • James Robert Baker (1997), American writer
  • Albert Ballin (1918), German businessman
  • José Manuel Balmaceda (1891), President of Chile
  • Barney Barnato (1897), South African diamond entrepreneur, jumped overboard while his ship was south of Madeira
  • Isobel Barnett (1980), British TV personality
  • Donald Barry, AKA Red Ryder (1980)
  • Diana Barrymore (1960), U.S. actress, writer ('Too Much, Too Soon')
  • Gert Bastian (1992), German officer and politicialy of the German Green Party.
  • J. Clifford Baxter (2002), Enron vice-chairman
  • Thomas McKee Bayne (1894), U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Scotty Beckett (1960), child actor, Our Gang films
  • Gertrude Bell (1926), archaeologist, writer, spy and administrator known as the "Uncrowned Queen of Iraq"
  • Peter Bellamy (1991), English folk singer
  • Ota Benga (1916), African Pygmy put on "display" in United States
  • Walter Benjamin (1940), German cultural theorist, took morphine after failing to escape the Nazis
  • Jill Bennett (1990), British film actress
  • Pierre Bérégovoy (1993), French Prime Minister, killed himself a month after losing a general election
  • Hans Berger (1941), German physician and inventor of electroencephalography, by hanging
  • Mary Kay Bergman (1999), American voice actress
  • Paul Bern (1932), American film producer, director and writer, husband of Jean Harlow, bullet wound to the head, generally believed to be murdered by Dorothy Millette
  • Ricky Berry (1989), American NBA Basketball player (Sacramento Kings)
  • John Berryman (1972), American poet, jumped from the Washington Avenue Bridge (Minneapolis) after waving to passers-by
  • Bruno Bettelheim (1990), child psychologist
  • Ward Beysen (2005), Belgian politician
  • Robert Bishop (1991), fetish artist
  • Jens Bjørneboe (1976), Norwegian author
  • Clara Blandick (1962), played Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz
  • Blossius of Cumae, Roman philosopher who led a failed revolt
  • Barcroft Boake (1892), Australian poet, hanged himself from a tree
  • Ludwig Boltzmann (1906), Austrian physicist
  • Jeremy Michael Boorda (1996), 4-star Admiral, 25th Chief of Naval Operations in the U.S. Navy
  • Ricardo Bordallo (1990), two-time Governor of Guam
  • Adrian Borland (1999), British musician
  • Ernest Borneman (1995), German sexologist
  • Tadeusz Borowski (1951), Polish author
  • Francesco Borromini (1667), architect
  • Georges Boulanger (1891), French politician and general
  • Tommy Boyce (1994), with Bobby Hart, songwriter for The Monkees
  • Karin Boye (1941), Swedish author
  • Charles Boyer (1978), French actor
  • Frank B. Brandegee (1924), U.S. Senator from Connecticut, died in office
  • Jonathan Brandis (2003), American actor
  • Cheyenne Brando (1995), Daughter of Marlon Brando, hangedEva Braun
  • Eva Braun (1945), mistress and then wife of Adolf Hitler, cyanide
  • Richard Brautigan (1984), American writer
  • Herman Brood (2001), Dutch musician and painter
  • Barry Brown (1978), actor and writer
  • Oskar Brüsewitz (1976), East German cleric, committed self-immolation in protest of East Germany's persecution of Protestants
  • Brutus (42 BC), Roman politician, assassin of Julius Caesar
  • Eustace Budgell (1737), remembered because his death was discussed in a conversation between Samuel Johnson and his friend and biographer Boswell
  • Joshua Busch (2006), Tobacco Company Consultant
  • Bernard Buffet (1999), French painter ('The Crucifixion')
  • Rembrandt Bugatti (1916), Italian sculptor
  • Dan Burros (1965), Jewish Neo-Nazi
  • Andrés Caicedo (1977), Colombian novelist
  • Wallace Hume Carothers (1937), world renowned chemist, suffered chronic depression; killed himself in a hotel in 1937
  • Don Carpenter (1995), American novelist, friend of Richard Brautigan
  • Dora Carrington (1932), artist
  • Kevin Carter (1994), award-winning South African photographer and member of the Bang-Bang Club
  • Capucine (1990), French actress
  • Joseph Daniel 'Danny' Casolaro (1991), journalist
  • Adolphe Mouron Cassandre (1968), painter
  • Gaius Cassius Longinus (42 BC), Roman politician, co-assassin of Julius Caesar
  • Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh (1822), British politician
  • Cato the younger (46 BC), Roman republican statesman
  • Ugo Cavallero (1943), Italian Field Marshal
  • Paul Celan (1970), Romanian poet, drowned himself
  • Valerie Chacon (1982), wife of Bobby Chacon
  • Iris Chang (2004), Chinese-American author
  • Claude Chappe (1805), French inventor
  • Thomas Chatterton (1770), English poet
  • Leslie Cheung (2003), Hong Kong movie star and singer
  • Vere Gordon Childe (1957), Australian archaeologist and historian, jumped off Govett's Leap in the Blue Mountains
  • Vern Christie (1991), Australian businessman, General Manager of the Commonwealth Bank
  • Edwin P. Christy (1862), American entertainer, founder of the Christy Minstrels
  • Christine Chubbuck (1974), U.S. newsreader, shot herself in the head on live TV after reading the news
  • Chung Mong-hun (2003), Korean businessman, chairman of Hyundai Asan
  • Diana Churchill (1963), UK social worker, eldest daughter of Sir Winston Churchill
  • Jeremiah Clarke (1707), composer of Trumpet Voluntary, shot himself
  • Cleopatra (30 BC), Queen of Egypt, snake bite
  • Charmian Clift (1969), Australian writer, wife of George Johnston;
  • Charles Clegg (1979), American author, photographer and railroad enthusiast
  • Robert Clive (1774), British conqueror of India and founder of the Empire, cut throat with pen-knife
  • Kurt Cobain (1994), Lead singer of grunge band Nirvana; self-inflicted shotgun wound.
  • Harrison Cockrill (1876), U.S. Congressman from Kentucky
  • Sid Collins (1977), radio voice of the Indianapolis 500, hanged himself after being diagnosed with ALS
  • Ray Combs (1996), former host of popular American game show Family Feud, used bedsheets to hang himself
  • Joseph Cordova (2006) shot himself after shooting boxer Vincente Garcia
  • Pamela Courson (1974), long time girlfriend of Jim Morrison, unknown whether she accidentally or purposely overdosed
  • Adam Couture (1973), Former French politician and popular horse collector, used bed sheets to tie himself to horse and dragged across his 30 acre property
  • F. W. S. Craig (1989), UK election expert
  • Hart Crane (1932), American poet; jumped from a boat
  • Darby Crash (1980), American songwriter, singer of the Germs
  • René Crevel (1935), French surreal writer, gassed himself
  • Dennis Crosby (1991), actor, son of Bing Crosby
  • Harry Crosby (1929), writer, publisher
  • Lindsay Crosby (1989), actor, son of Bing Crosby
  • Andrew Cunanan (1997), killer of Gianni Versace and four others
  • Will Cuppy (1949), American writer, humorist
  • Ian Curtis (1980), English singer and songwriter (Joy Division)
  • Adam Czerniakow (1942), Warsaw Ghetto leader killed himself rather than obey Nazi orders
  • Daniel Dumont (2006), Bender
  • Dalida (1987), French singer
  • Dorothy Dandridge (1965), American singer and actress, first black woman nominated for Academy Award as Lead Actress for "Carmen Jones", death ruled suicide by overdose
  • Monika Dannemann (1996), Girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix
  • Bella Darvi (1971), actress of Polish parentage, gas
  • Dazai Osamu (1948), Japanese novelist
  • Guy Debord (1994), French philosopher, member of Situationist International
  • Jeanine Deckers (1985), Belgian religious, known as The Singing Nun
  • Albert Dekker (1968)
  • Delphine Delamare (1848), French woman, the basis for Flaubert's Madame Bovary
  • Gilles Deleuze (1995), French philosopher, jumped from apartment window
  • Penelope Delta (1941), Greek author, ingested poison the same day the Germans invaded Athens
  • Denice Denton (2006), University of California Chancellor, jumped from 42-story San Francisco apartment building
  • Patrick Dewaere (1982), French actor
  • Rudolf Diesel (1913), Inventor of the Diesel engine
  • Dioxippus (336 BC?); Greek pankration fighter who nakedly defeated an armored, and armed, soldier of Alexander the Great's; he was framed for theft, and forced into suicide, for his victory
  • Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (2001), young King of Nepal, committed suicide after assassinating his father, King Birendra, and other members of the royal family
  • Hugo Distler (1942), German composer, is believed to have committed suicide to avoid conscription into the German army
  • Desmond Donnelly (1974), British politician who fitted into none of the parties he tried
  • Terence Donovan (1996), English celebrity photographer
  • Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado (1983), former president of Cuba
  • Chris Doty (2006), Canadian filmmaker and playwright
  • Nick Drake (1974), British singer-songwriter, overdose (possibly accidental though officially ruled a suicide) of the anti-depressant, tryptizol
  • Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (1945), French novelist
  • Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb (2004), American heart surgeon
  • Micke Dubois (2005), Swedish comedian, hanged himself
  • Thich Quang Duc (1963), self-immolation, Saigon
  • Pete Duel (1971), American actor
  • K Sello Duiker (2005), South African author
  • Davor Dujmovic (1999), Yugoslavian-Roma actor
  • James Dungy (2005), son of Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy
  • Bud Dwyer (1987), American politician, shot himself on live television
  • Jeanne Eagels (1929), American silent film actress
  • John P. East (1986), U.S. Senator from North Carolina
  • George Eastman (1932), inventor
  • Richey Edwards (1995), member of the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers, missing since 1995, assumed to be suicide
  • Ronnie Edwards (1994), British Great Train robber and flower seller
  • Tristan Egolf (2005), writer, musician and campaigner
  • Paul Ehrenfest (1933), Austrian physicist
  • Harold 'Pompey' Elliott (1931), Australian Senator and war hero, first Federal politician to attempt suicide, gunshot
  • John Ellis (1932), remorseful hangman
  • Empedocles (432 BC), Greek philosopher, threw himself into Mt Etna
  • Gudrun Ensslin (1977), German criminal, member of Baader-Meinhof gang
  • Peg Entwistle (1932), U.S. actress, the first person to jump from the letter 'H' of the Hollywood sign; step-mother of Brian Keith who also committed suicide
  • Sergei Esenin (1925), Russian poet, hanging
  • Tom Evans (1983), Bass guitarist for Badfinger
  • Richard Farnsworth (2000), U.S. actor, Oscar nominee
  • Justin Fashanu (1998), British footballer
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1982), German film director (often listed as a drug overdose)
  • René Favaloro (2000), Argentinian doctor, creator of the coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Andrea Feldman (1972), Actor, Warhol superstar
  • George Fiske (1918), photographer
  • Robert FitzRoy (1865), Governor-General of New Zealand, Royal Navy officer. Nephew of the Viscount Castlereagh.
  • Ed Flanders (1995), U.S. actor (St. Elsewhere}
  • John Gould Fletcher (1950), Pulitzer Prize winning poet
  • James V. Forrestal (1949), former U.S. Secretary of Defense who quoted Sophocles in his suicide note
  • Dédé Fortin (2000), leader and singer of Québec band Les Colocs
  • Vincent Foster, (1993), Deputy White House Counsel, still controversial,
  • Wade Frankum (1991), Spree shooter of Strathfield Massacre
  • Sigmund Freud (1939), founder of psychoanalysis (lethal dose of morphine)
  • John Friedrich (1991), Australian businessman and fraudster
  • Zviad Gamsakhurdia (1993), former president of Georgia
  • Ted Gärdestad (1997), Swedish pop musician
  • Dave Garroway (1982), television host
  • Romain Gary (1980), Russian-French novelist, film director and diplomat
  • Danny Gatton (1994), American guitarist
  • Michel Gauquelin (1991), French psychologist and astrology researcher
  • Kostas Georgakis (1970), Geology student, committed suicide as a protest to the Greek military junta of 1967-1974
  • Peter George (1966), author (Red Alert)
  • Mark Gertler (1939), British artist
  • Henri Giffard (1882), French aeronautical engineer
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1935), American feminist and author (Herland)
  • Kurt Gödel (1978), German logician and mathematician (refused to eat any food due to obsessive phobia of being poisoned)
  • Joseph Goebbels (1945), German Nazi leader
  • Hermann Göering (1946), German Nazi leader
  • Julen Goikoetxea (2006), Spanish cyclist
  • Fritha Goodey (2004), British actress
  • Adam Lindsay Gordon (1870), Australian poet ('Life is mostly froth and bubble')
  • Arshile Gorky (1948), Armenian painter
  • Eddie Graham (1985), American professional wrestler
  • Shauna Grant (1984), American adult film actress
  • Spalding Gray (2004), American playwright, drowned in Atlantic after jumping off Staten Island Ferry
  • Richard Greene (1983), boxing referee
  • Peter Gregg (1980), race car driver, gunshot to head
  • Robert von Greim (1945), German Air Marshal
  • Anton Gustafsson (2003), Swedish singer (Anton Maiden)
  • Antonio Guzmán Fernández (1982), serving president of the Dominican Republic
  • Kenneth Halliwell (1967), English writer, lover of Joe Orton whom he killed before killing himself
  • Mitch Halpern (2000), American boxing referee
  • Peter Ham (1975), Welsh rock musician (Badfinger)
  • Rusty Hamer (1990), American former child actor (The Danny Thomas Show)
  • Lois Hamilton (1999), American actress, model, author, aviatrix
  • Tony Hancock (1968), British comedian
  • Hani Hanjour (2001), Arabian suicide pilot responsible in part for the 11 September, 2001 attacks
  • Edward Allen Hannegan (1859), U.S. Congressman from Indiana
  • Hannibal (182 BC), Carthaginian military commander
  • Lewis Vernon Harcourt (1922), British politician who killed himself after knowledge of his attempted seduction of a 12 year old boy became public
  • James Harden-Hickey (1898), U.S. eccentric who wrote a book about the appeal of suicide that also featured quotes on the subject from famous people; he chose an overdose of morphine
  • Mary Hardy (1985), Australian TV personality (found dead in the bath and was presumed to have committed suicide)
  • Eric Harris (1999), U.S. mass murderer, famous for the Columbine High School Massacre shootings with Dylan Klebold
  • Michael Daniel Harter (1896), U.S. Congressman from Ohio
  • Brynn Hartman (1998), wife of actor Phil Hartman whom she killed before turning the gun on herself
  • Elizabeth Hartman (1987), U.S. actress who emulated a character in her film 'The Group' who jumped from a window
  • Arihiro Hase (1996), Japanese voice actor best known for his role as Hikaru Ichijyo from the anime TV series Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
  • Donny Hathaway (1979), singer, best known for his duets with Roberta Flack
  • Felix Hausdorff (1942), mathematician, committed suicide with his wife and sister-in-law in a concentration camp
  • Phyllis Haver (1960), American actress of the silent film era
  • Benjamin Haydon (1846), British painter
  • Jeanne Hébuterne (1898-1920), painter, partner of Modigliani
  • Sadegh Hedayat (1951), Iranian writer, gassed himself
  • John Heddle (1989), British politician
  • Ernest Hemingway (1961), American novelist, shotgun
  • Margaux Hemingway (1996), American actress and model; Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter
  • Benjamin Hendrickson (2006), American actor (As The World Turns), gunshot wound to the head
  • George Hennard (1991), American spree-killer (Luby's massacre)
  • James Leo Herlihy (1993), U.S. novelist (Midnight Cowboy)
  • Willard Hershberger (1940), baseball player, only major league player to commit suicide during the season
  • Rudolf Hess (1987), Nazi leader
  • Paul Hester (2005), Australian musician
  • Hideto Matsumoto (1998), Japanese musician and member of the band X Japan. Asphyxiative hanging by means of a towel, not proven to be suicide.
  • George Hill (1934), American film director
  • Heinrich Himmler (1945), German SS leader
  • Adolf Hitler (1945), Nazi Germany's leader Shot/poisoned himself in bunker
  • Abbie Hoffman (1989), U.S. political activist and political demonstrator. Some people claim he was murdured.
  • Hong Xiuquan (1864), Chinese leader of the Taiping Rebellion
  • Doug Hopkins (1993), musician, founding member of rock group The Gin Blossoms Killed himself with a .38 pistol December 5
  • Elmyr de Hory (1976), Hungarian art forger
  • Robert E. Howard (1936), American creator of "pulp" heroes Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja, shot himself in the head after learning that his mother was in a permanent coma
  • Danton Hughes (2001), Australian sculptor, son of Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes, gassed himself at home
  • Francis Hughes (1981), IRA member, died during the 1981 Irish hunger strike
  • Chuck Humphrey (1998), American Heaven's Gate cult member
  • Martin Hurson (1981), IRA member, died during the 1981 Irish hunger strike
  • Suad Husni (2001) Egyptian actress, jumped off balcony
  • Phyllis Hyman (1995), American singer
  • Jared High (1998), bully victim, killed himself at age of 13 due to the bully problems
  • William Inge (1973), U.S. playwright (Picnic, Come Back, Little Sheba, Bus Stop, Splendor in the Grass)
  • Judas Iscariot (1st century), betrayed Jesus; hanging
  • Isocrates (338 BC), Greek rhetorician
  • Juzo Itami (1997), Japanese actor and film director, leapt from the roof of his office building
  • Cal Jammer (1995), Adult film star
  • Alice de Janzé (1941), American heiress
  • Vittorio Jano (1965), automobile design engineer
  • Jim Jones (1978), leader of the Peoples Temple cult, died along with 914 of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at Jonestown, in northwestern Guyana
  • Alex Jordan (1995), American porn film actress
  • Luc Jouret (1994) homeopath, Belgian cult leader
  • József Attila (1937), Hungarian poet (hit by a train, the fact that it was suicide was never proved and many people think it was an accident)
  • Ghazi Kenaan (2005), Syrian Minister
  • Aleksei Maksimovich Kaledin (1918), Cossack leader during the Russian Civil War
  • Sarah Kane (1999), British playwright
  • Kostas Karyotakis (1928), Greek poet, shot himself
  • Yasunari Kawabata (1972), Japanese writer and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, gassed himself
  • Ivar Kreuger (1932), Swedish match industrialist, found dead in a hotel room in Paris
  • Kawakami Bizan (1908), Japanese novelist
  • Brian Keith (1997), American actor (Family Affair)
  • Dr. David Kelly (2003), British scientist, source of BBC story about the September Dossier
  • Samuel A Kendall (1933), congressman from Pennsylvania, self inflicted gunshot wound in the House Office Building
  • Preston King (1865), Senator from New York, leapt from ferryboat in New York Harbor
  • Dylan Klebold (1999), U.S. mass murderer, famous for the Columbine High School Massacre shootings with Eric Harris
  • Heinrich von Kleist (1811), German dramatist and poet
  • Jochen Klepper (1942)
  • Günther von Kluge (1944), German Field Marshal
  • Fletcher Knebel (1993), U.S. novelist (Seven Days in May)
  • William F. Knowland (1974), former Senate Majority Leader, self inflicted gunshot
  • Sándor Kocsis (1979), Hungarian football (soccer) player, killed himself in Barcelona after diagnosis of stomach cancer and leukemia
  • Arthur Koestler (1983), journalist, novelist, political activist, and social philosopher
  • Sarah Kofman (1994), French philosopher
  • Hannelore Kohl (2001), wife of ex-chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl
  • Nestor Kombot-Naguemon (2004), diplomat and politician from the Central African Republic, jumped out of a window in Paris while serving as ambassador to France
  • Woo Bum-Kon (1982), spree killer, Uiryong, Korea
  • Prince Fumimaro Konoe (1945), Japanese war criminal
  • Alexandros Korizis (1941), Greek prime minister
  • Jerzy Kosinski (1991), Polish-American author
  • Philip Taylor Kramer (1995), rock musician and physicist
  • Louis Krages (2001), German race car driver and businessman (raced under the name of John Winter)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger (1945), Nazi official during WWII
  • Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1902), German industrialist, committed suicide when his homosexuality was revealed
  • Alan Ladd (1964), U.S. film star, overdose of alcohol and pills, highly disputed for many years
  • Paul Lafargue (1911), son-in-law of Karl Marx, communist theorist and author of The Right to Be Lazy
  • Robert M. La Follette, Jr. (1953), Senator from Wisconsin
  • Karen Lancaume (2005), French adult film star
  • Carole Landis (1948), actress
  • James H. Lane (1866), Senator from Kansas, general in Civil War, shot himself after being charged with financial irregularities
  • Hans Langsdorff (1939), captain of the Admiral Graf Spee
  • Napoleon Lapathiotis (1944), Greek writer
  • Florence Lawrence (1938), Hollywood's first movie Star
  • George P. Lawrence (1917), representative from Massachusetts, jumped out of building to death due to stress caused by World War I
  • Katherine Lawrence (2004), writer
  • Lee Kyung Hae (2003), South Korean activist
  • Marshall Ledbetter Jr. (2003), lone man of non-violent protest within an office in Tallahassee, FL capitol building in 1991
  • Jon Lee (2002), drummer of the band Feeder
  • Richie Lee (2001), vocalist with U.S. 90s alternative rock band Acetone
  • Victoria Lee (1888), daughter of Emma Lee French
  • Megan Leigh (1990), American erotic dancer and porn star
  • Marc Lepine (1989), Canada's most prolific spree killer
  • Primo Levi (1987), Italian author and Auschwitz survivor
  • Meriwether Lewis (1809), U.S. explorer with Clark; died in mysterious circumstances, either murder or suicide
  • Robert Ley (1945), Nazi war criminal
  • Max Linder, (1925), French actor
  • Vachel Lindsay (1931), U.S. poet
  • Louis Lingg (1887), scheduled to be hanged for his alleged role in the Haymarket Square riot bomb, committed suicide by holding a lit stick of dynamite in his mouth
  • Ruan Lingyu (1935), Chinese actress
  • Friedrich List (1846), German economist
  • Mikael Ljungberg (2004), Swedish wrestler, Olympic gold medalist
  • Peter Llewelyn-Davies (1960), UK publisher who inspired J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan
  • Ross Lockridge, Jr. (1948}, U.S. novelist, author of Raintree County
  • Philip Loeb (1955), blacklisted American actor
  • Mark Lombardi (2000), U.S. artist whose art described international white-collar crime networks; hanged himself in his Williamsburg, New York studio
  • Jack London (1916), U.S. novelist (his doctor believed he had committed suicide by overdose of morphine and atropine, but his widow prevailed on a more senior doctor to ascribe the death to uremia, and had the body quickly cremated before an autopsy could be done)
  • Terry Long (2005), Former NFL player
  • Hans Loritz (1946), concentration camp commandant at various times - Esterwegen, Dachau, Sachsenhausen
  • Lorenz Lotmar (1980), Swiss writer
  • Malcolm Lowry (1957), British writer
  • Gang Lu (1991), Physics graduate student at the University of Iowa
  • Gherasim Luca (1994), Romanian surrealist
  • Lucan (65), Roman poet
  • Ron Luciano (1995), baseball umpire
  • J Anthony Lukas (1997), U.S. author and journalist
  • Aleksandr Mikhailovich Lyapunov (1918), Russian mathematician, mechanician and physicist
  • Roman Lyashenko (2003), professional hockey player
  • Frankie Lymon (1968), singer ("Why do Fools Fall in Love?"), drug overdose
  • Richard Manuel, (1986), singer, multi-instrumentalist, member of The Band, hanged himself while on tour in Florida
  • Simone Mareuil, (1954), French film actress
  • Andrew Martinez (2006), nude activist
  • Susannah McCorkle (2001), jazz singer
  • Kid McCoy (1940), world champion boxer (real name: Norman Shelby)
  • Billy Mackenzie (1996), lead singer of 1980s pop group The Associates
  • Gordon McMaster (1997), British politician
  • Magnentius (353), Roman usurper
  • Willy Mairesse (1969), Belgian race car driver
  • Sándor Márai (1989), Hungarian writer and journalist
  • Harry Martinson (1978), Swedish author
  • Denis Matthews (1988), UK pianist
  • Robert Maxwell (1991), Czech-born UK newspaper magnate who, some believe, jumped overboard in the Atlantic leaving a financial disaster in his wake - the official inquest ruled it was 'accidental drowning'
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky (1930), Russian poet; his suicide note said 'I don't recommend it for others'
  • Jacques Mayol (2001), French free-diver
  • Robert M. McLane (1904), mayor of Baltimore
  • Joe Meek (1967), Record producer
  • Niklaus Meienberg (1993), Swiss author
  • Kitty Melrose (1912), English actress
  • Joseph Merrick (1890), UK celebrity known as the Elephant Man; alleged to have committed suicide by allowing his massive head to obstruct his windpipe
  • Charlotte Mew (1928), English poet
  • Noel Mewton-Wood (1953), Australian pianist; drank prussic acid
  • James Miller, fan man, (2003), parachutist
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1996), science-fiction writer
  • Mary Millington (1979), British porn star
  • Freddie Mills (1965), world champion boxer
  • William Oswald Mills (1973), U.S. congressman from Maryland
  • John Milton (1865), Governor of Florida
  • Yukio Mishima (1970), Japanese novelist; committed public ritual seppuku
  • Walther Model (1945), German Field Marshal
  • Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1925), German cultural historian
  • George de Mohrenschildt (1977), gunshot wound to the mouth
  • Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (2001), South African jazz pianist
  • Jürgen W. Möllemann (2003), German politician
  • Marilyn Monroe (1962), American actress (some suspect foul play)
  • Henry de Montherlant (1972), French writer
  • Donnie Moore (1989), relief pitcher for the California Angels
  • Duane R. Morrison (2006), Platte Canyon High School shooting
  • Ted Moult (1986), British television personality
  • Renate Müller (1937), German actress
  • Al Mulock (1968), Canadian actor, committed suicide on the set of his last film, Once Upon a Time in the West
  • David Munrow (1976), UK early music specialist, founder of the Early Music Consort
  • James Murray (1936), American silent film actor, (The Crowd), drowned in the Hudson River
  • Scott Nearing (1983), American peace activist and practical conservationist; by self-starvation at nearly 100 years of age
  • Oskar Nedbal (1930), Czech composer ('The Tale of the Simply Johnny'); jumped out a window on Christmas Eve
  • Gérard de Nerval (1855), French writer
  • Robert Leon Nichols (1997), roadie with the Grateful Dead, in an apparent copy of the Heaven's Gate cult suicides
  • Joachim Nielsen (2000), Norwegian singer in the band Jokke & Valentinerne, overdosed on heroin
  • Goce Nikolovski (2006), Macedonian singer
  • Frank Nitti (1943), U.S. gangster, who shot himself rather than go to jail (some believe that Nitti was murdered)
  • John O'Brien (1994), author of Leaving Las Vegas (on which the film was based)
  • Hugh O'Connor (1995), actor
  • Luis Ocaña (1994), Spanish cyclist, Tour de France winner
  • Phil Ochs (1976), American singer, hanged himself in sister's apartment, Far Rockaway, New York
  • Per Yngve Ohlin (a.k.a. Dead), (1991), vocalist for Mayhem, shot himself with a shotgun after having slashed his wrist and cut his throat
  • Yukiko Okada (1986), Japanese idol of the '80s jumped from a 7 story building after failed wrist slashing and gas inhalation attempts
  • Jan Palach (1969), protesting Soviet crushing of the Prague Spring
  • Billy Papke (1936), world champion boxer
  • Violeta Parra (1967), famous Chilean folk singer
  • Jules Pascin (1930), French-American painter
  • John Patrick (1995), U.S. playwright and screenwriter; placed a plastic bag over his head
  • Cesare Pavese (1950), Italian poet, novelist
  • George Periolat (1940), Silent film actor, drank arsenic
  • Petronius Arbiter (66), Roman satirist; opened his own veins
  • Justin Pierce (2000), British Actor
  • Richard Piggott (1890), author of the Piggott Forgeries
  • H. Beam Piper (1964), American science fiction writer
  • Sylvia Plath (1963), American poet, author and essayist; gassed in kitchen oven
  • Dana Plato (1999), American actress, drug overdose
  • Derrick Plourde (2005), Musician, drummer of the Ataris, Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, RKL and Mad Caddies shot himself on March 30th
  • Stevie Plunder (1995), Australian guitarist, The Whitlams
  • Ben Pollack (1971), Drummer and big-band leader from the mid '20s to the Swing era
  • Jan Potocki (1815), Polish aristocrat, traveler, writer; shot himself with a silver bullet
  • Marc Potvin (2006), Hockey coach, hanged himself
  • Nicos Poulantzas (1979), Greco-French Marxist political sociologist
  • Felix Powell (1942), UK song writer best known for "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile", once described as 'the most optimistic song ever written'
  • Lucien Anatole Prevost-Paradol (1870), French journalist and diplomat
  • George R Price (1975), American population geneticist
  • Freddie Prinze (1977), Puerto Rican American comedian and actor, best known for television show Chico and the Man, died of self inflicted gunshot wound
  • Carlos Prío Socarrás (1977), former president of Cuba
  • Boris Pugo (1991), serving minister of the Interior of the USSR
  • Jack Purvis (1962), American jazz trumpeter
  • Richard Quine (1989), U.S. film director
  • Robert Quine (2004), guitar player of Richard Hell & the Voidoids
  • Florencio Morales Ramos (1989), Ramito, trova singer
  • Kuljeet Randhawa (2006), Indian television actress, hanging
  • Danny Rapp (1983), frontman for Danny & the Juniors
  • David Rappaport (1990), actor
  • Jan-Carl Raspe (1977), German criminal in Baader-Meinhof gang
  • Geli Raubal (1931), niece and possibly lover of Adolf Hitler; officially committed suicide but may have been murdered
  • Margaret Mary Ray (1998), David Letterman stalker, knelt in front of a train
  • Roy Raymond (1993), founder of Victoria's Secret
  • Alfred Redl (1913), Austrian army officer, spied for Russia
  • George Reeves (1959), U.S. actor, played Superman on television, death officially ruled suicide by gunshot, but remains controversial to this day
  • David Reimer (2004), Canadian advocate/the "John/Joan" case
  • Thomas Caute Reynolds (1887), Governor of Missouri
  • Thomas Reynolds (1844), Governor of Missouri
  • René Rivkin (2005), Australian stockbroker and entrepreneur
  • Carlos Roberto Reina (2003), former president of Honduras
  • Angel Rivero Mendez (1930), Puerto Rican soldier for the Spanish Army, inventor
  • John Robarts, (1982), former Premier of the Canadian province of Ontario, 1961 - 1971; committed suicide with shotgun
  • Rachel Roberts (1980), Welsh-born British actress
  • Bill Robinzine (1982), American basketball player
  • Charles Rocket (2005), American comedian
  • Sue Rodriguez (1994), Canadian amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) victim and advocate for Euthanasia
  • Samuel Romilly (1818), British prison reformer
  • Erwin Rommel (1944), German Field Marshal
  • Iris von Roten-Meyer (1990), artist and jurist
  • Mark Rothko (1970), Russian-American abstract expressionist painter
  • Irv Rubin (2002), leader of the Jewish Defense League
  • Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria (1889), heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne
  • Thomas Jefferson Rusk (1857), Senator from Texas
  • Michael Ryan (1987), mass murderer at Hungerford; shot himself as police closed in on him
  • Jakub Jan Ryba (1815), Czech composer and teacher
  • Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1927), Japanese novelist
  • Johnathan Rubis (1892), American Columnist
  • Albert Salmi (1990), American actor, apparently shot his wife to death win one gun and shot himself in the heart with another
  • Alexander Samsonov (1914), Russian military commander, gunshot to head following disastrous Battle of Tannenberg
  • George Sanders (1972), English actor, barbiturate overdose
  • Bobby Sands (1981), IRA member, died in the 1981 Irish hunger strike
  • Monica Santa Maria (1994), "Dalina" (hostess) of the Peruvian children's series Nubeluz
  • Alberto Santos-Dumont (1932), Brazilian aviation pioneer, hanging
  • Bruce Sarver (2005), American NHRA driver, gunshot
  • Savannah (1994), American porn actress, shot herself with a handgun
  • Gia Scala (1972), British actress, overdose of drugs and alcohol, after previous unsuccessful suicide attempts
  • David Scarboro (1988), British actor (EastEnders), threw himself from Beachy Head
  • Eugen Schauman (1904), Finnish nationalist, assassin of Governor-General Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov
  • Martin J. Scheiman,ESQ.{1967},Famed Mad Magazine Attorney and Libal lawyer. of self inflicted gun shot wound.
  • Margie Schoedinger (2003), filed lawsuit against George W. Bush claiming that she had been raped
  • Dave Schulthise (2004), bassist for Dead Milkmen
  • Conrad Schumann (1998), GDR refugee
  • Ingo Schwichtenberg (1995), former drummer of German power metal band Helloween
  • 'Screaming Lord Sutch', (1999), UK eccentric singer and politician
  • William Seabrook (1945), adventurer, travel writer
  • Jean Seberg (1979), American actress
  • Edie Sedgwick (1972), American socialite, Warhol superstar
  • Sergio López Segú (2006), Spanish footballer, threw himself under a train
  • Seneca the Younger (65), was ordered to commit suicide by the emperor Nero
  • Anne Sexton (1974), American poet, inhaled carbon monoxide
  • Frances Ford Seymour (1950), NYC socialite, mother of Peter and Jane Fonda
  • Del Shannon (1990), American singer
  • H.A. Shanu (1905), Congo reformer
  • Harold Shipman (2004), imprisoned British doctor found to have killed 250+ of his patients
  • Arthur Shrewsbury (1903), former captain of the England cricket team
  • Elizabeth Siddal (1862), Pre-Raphaelite icon
  • Eli Siegel (1978), founded Aesthetic Realism
  • Varnado Simpson (1997), Pfc jointly responsible for the My Lai Massacre
  • The Singing Nun - see Jeanine Deckers with her companion, Annie Pécher, in 1985 by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol
  • Walter Slezak (1983), U.S. actor
  • Everett Sloane (1965), U.S. actor, part of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater
  • Elliott Smith (2003), American musician (reported as suicide but still under investigation)
  • James Leonard Brierley Smith, 1968, South African paleoanatomist
  • Paul Snider (1980), promoter, murdered Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten then killed himself
  • Mitch Snyder (1990), U.S. activist, advocate for the homeless
  • Soga no Emishi (645), statesman
  • John Hanning Speke (1864), U.K. explorer of Africa
  • Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1947), U.K. forensic pathologist who helped convict Dr. Crippen; gassed himself in an oven at his laboratory
  • Layne Staley, (2002), Overdose of heroine
  • Serge Stavisky (1934), Russian-French swindler
  • Inger Stevens, 1970, Swedish born American film actress
  • Gary Stewart (2003), country singer
  • Adalbert Stifter (1868), Austrian writer
  • Rory Storm (1972), singer of the Hurricanes (the band Ringo Starr was in before he joined The Beatles), in a pact with his mother
  • Alfonsina Storni (1938), Argentinian poetess. She committed suicide, by entering the sea at the La Perla beach near Mar del Plata, Argentina.
  • David Strickland (1999), actor
  • Yutaka Taniyama (1958), Japanese mathematician
  • Tawfik Abu al-Huda Baja (1956), former prime minister of Jordan
  • Sara Teasdale (1933), American poet
  • Arthur Teele Jr. (2005), former Miami city commissioner; in the lobby of the Miami Herald
  • Count Paul Teleki (1941), Hungarian statesman
  • Lou Tellegen (1934), Dutch-born American film actor
  • Luigi Tenco (1967), Italian singer-songwriter
  • Jason Thirsk (1996), bassist for Pennywise
  • Jesse B. Thomas (1853), U.S. Senator from Illinois
  • Hunter S. Thompson (2005), American author, gunshot
  • Ric Throssell (1999), Australian diplomat, writer
  • Georg Tintner (1999), Austrian-born conductor active in Canada and Australia; jumped 11 stories when he was no longer able to conduct due to illness
  • James Tiptree Jr (1987), American science fiction author, mercy-killed her terminally ill husband and then shot herself
  • Li Tobler (1975), Swiss actress
  • Ernst Toller (1939), German writer
  • Mikhail Tomsky (1936), Russian revolutionary
  • Wolfe Tone (1798), Irish independence leader
  • John Kennedy Toole (1969), American novelist
  • Silvanus Trevail (1903), Cornish architect, shot himself in the lavatory of a train
  • Metod Trobec (2006), Slovenian killer
  • Marina Tsvetaeva (1941), Russian poetess and writer
  • Kurt Tucholsky (1935), German journalist and satirist
  • Alan Turing (1954), British mathematician and computer scientist
  • John Walker Turnbull (1999), British Soldier
  • Randy Turpin (1966), British world champion boxer
  • Ernst Udet (1941), German air ace and Luftwaffe inspector general
  • Urmuz (1923), Romanian writer
  • Gen Ushijima (1945), Japanese military commander who lost the Battle of Okinawa
  • Vaishnavi (2006), Indian actress
  • Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke (1941), American film director
  • George Washington Vanderbilt III (1961), American yachtsman and scientific explorer
  • Peter Van Eyck (1969), Dutch-UK film actor
  • Vincent van Gogh (1890), Dutch painter, gunshot to chest
  • Johannes Vares (1946), Estonian poet, doctor and politician
  • Getúlio Dornelles Vargas (1954), President of Brazil, killed himself during impeachment trial
  • Publius Quinctilius Varus (9), at the end of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
  • Minnie Vautrin (1941), American missionary who helped the Chinese during the Nanking Massacre in 1937
  • Lupe Vélez (1944), actress
  • Baroness Mary Vetsera (1889), mistress of Crown Prince Rudolph - disputed: see Mayerling
  • Tudor Vianu (1964), Romanian writer
  • Hervé Villechaize (1993), French actor
  • Pierre-Charles Villeneuve (1806), French admiral who lost the Battle of Trafalgar
  • Petri Walli (1995), Finnish rock musician
  • Jeremy Michael Ward (2003), musician in The Mars Volta
  • Stephen Ward (1963), U.K. osteopath who was caught up in the Profumo affair
  • Peter Warlock (1930), U.K. composer (also known as Philip Heseltine)
  • Andre Waters (2006), former American football player
  • Doodles Weaver (1983), U.S. comedian, member of Spike Jones' City Slickers
  • Gary Webb (2004), U.S. investigative reporter; death ruled as suicide from two gunshots
  • Otto Weininger (1903), Austrian philosopher
  • Ernst Weiß (1940), German author
  • George Weldon (1963), U.K. conductor, died in South Africa
  • Horace Wells (1848), dentist who pioneered the use of anesthesia
  • Vince Welnick (2006), Grateful Dead keyboardist; founding member and keyboardist of the Tubes
  • Fred West (1995), husband of convicted British killer Rosemary West Hanged himself in prison whilst awaiting trial on the same crimes
  • James Whale (1957), U.K. film director
  • Samuel Whitbread (1815), Whig politician
  • Dan White (1985), assassin of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and city manager Harvey Milk, carbon monoxide
  • Charles White Whittlesey (1921), Medal of Honor Recipient, famed commander of WWI's Lost Battalion
  • Paul Williams (1973), singer (Temptations)
  • Percy Williams (1982), athlete
  • Rozz Williams (1998), Musician, "Christian Death"
  • Wendy O. Williams (1998), musician, The Plasmatics
  • Greg Wilton (2000), Australian Federal politician
  • John Gilbert Winant (1947), Governor of New Hampshire
  • Sheree Winton (1976), U.K. actress and mother of Dale Winton
  • Eduard Wirths (1945), military surgeon conducted research work at Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1939), Polish author, novelist, painter, philosopher
  • David Witt (2006), father-in-law of 2006 Tour De France winner Floyd Landis
  • Frank Wolff (1971), American actor
  • Wally Wood (1981), cartoonist
  • Virginia Woolf (1941), British novelist, drowned herself in a river
  • Andrew Wood (1990), American singer (Mother Love Bone), died of a heroin overdose
  • Alfredo Yabrán (1998), Argentine businessman
  • Kelly Yeomans (1997), school girl whose death sparked media controversy
  • Sergei Yesenin (1925), poet, husband of Isadora Duncan
  • Haile Yimenu (1991), former prime minister of Ethiopia
  • Gig Young (1978), U.S. actor
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1970)
  • Marion Anthony Zioncheck (1936), congressman from Washington, jumped out of office building
  • Mahmoud Zuabi (2000), Syrian prime minister shot himself on May 21, two months after resigning over corruption charges
  • Stefan and Lotte Zweig (1942), Austrian novelist and his wife, barbital overdose
  • Szmul Zygielbojm (1943), committed suicide to protest the indifference of Allied governments in the face of the Holocaust
  • Judy Garland (1969), American actress, barbiturate overdose.
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1938), German expressionist painter, shot himself.
  • Frida Kahlo (1954), Mexican painter, (most likely) overdosed on painkillers.
  • Nero (68 AD), Roman emperor, stabbed himself in the neck.
  • David Foster Wallace (2008), American writer, hung himself.
  • Mike Kelley (2012), American artist, ruled as suicide, but cause of death not yet confirmed.
  • Vic Chesnutt (2009), American musician, overdose on muscle relaxants.
  • Mark Linkous (2010), American musician (Sparklehorse), shot himself.
  • Alexander McQueen (2010), British fashion designer, hung himself.
  • Rudolf Schwarzkogler (1969), Viennese performance artist, (most likely) fell from his apartment window.
  • Elliot Smith (2003), American singer-songwriter, stabbed himself in the chest.
  • Simone Weil (1943), French mystic, starved herself to death out of religious conviction.
  • Ray Johnson (1995), American conceptual artist, committed "Rayocide," drowned himself in a river possibly as his last art performance.
  • Sappho (circa 570 BC), Greek poet, according to one legend, she committed suicide after being rejected by her love interest Phaon.
  • Suzanne Malherbe (a.k.a. Marcel Moore) (1972), French illustrator and designer, lover of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun.


Other lists of famous suicides (the list above does not include everyone in the lists below):

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