Gone Too Soon: Celebrities Who’ve Committed Suicide

September 9, 2013  |  
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We’ve all felt pressure at some point in our lives, especially when it comes to balancing a stressful 9 to 5 and tending to our family’s needs. Sprinkle in time for the hubs too, and by the time you can grab a couple minutes to take in a breath, you are worn out. That life can get completely overwhelming, and you may experience bouts of depression and even contemplate suicide. Celebs are no different, only they lead their lives in the limelight for all to see. They, too, harbor feelings of self-doubt and a sense of worthlessness at times, to the point of wanting to end it all. Unfortunately, some celebs couldn’t handle the pressure, and ended up doing just that. Let’s remember these cherished celebrities who’ve committed suicide.

Lee Thompson Young


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Lee Thompson Young

Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young committed suicide without leaving a note. The 29-year-old actor of Rizzoli and Isles died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and was found by his landlord in his North Hollywood Apartment. Friends and family were not aware of any life issues the young star was going through.

Don Cornelius


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Don Cornelius

Creator and host of Soul Train, Don Cornelius was devastated over his declining health and chose to put himself out of pain with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. After suffering from seizures due to an aneurysm suffered 15 years ago, Cornelius found it increasingly difficult to treat his symptoms with medication.

Alexander McQueen

A week after his mother died, the famous fashion designer lost his will to live. Plagued by depression for many years of his life, and dealing with backstabbing friends in the fashion industry pushed McQueen to do the unthinkable. He consumed a cocktail of coke and prescription drugs, slit his wrists and then hanged himself. He was found in his $40 million dollar home by his maid

Freddie Prinze


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Freddie Prinze

Musician Freddie Prinze died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after struggling with depression, marital problems and heavy drug use. After expressing that he was going to “end it all,” Prinze made a series of goodbye calls to friends and family. Worried, his manager came to the hotel where he was staying to try to talk him out of it, but Prinze went through with his promise.

Kurt Cobain


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Kurt Cobain

Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain died in his home on Lake Washington Boulevard East. Marks on Cobain’s hand were consistent with firing a gun and he had 225 milligrams of heroin in his blood, three times the lethal dose.

Chris Benoit


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Chris Benoit

World famous WWE wrestler Chris Benoit committed suicide by hanging after strangling his wife to death and suffocating his 7-year-old son, Daniel. Bibles were found by both victims. He was found hanging from his weight machine in the basement. The wrestler suffered from brain damage, which is said to be the cause for the double murder-suicide.

Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe

The beautiful actress allegedly committed suicide by accident. The film star known for her good looks and curvy figure wrote such things as “I think I’m going crazy” and “I don’t want to live.” She died of an overdose of barbiturates. Apparently she shared her struggles with acting coach Lee Strasberg.

Jiah Khan


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Jiah Khan

Bollywood actress took her own life by hanging, and reports indicate that the young starlet was drinking the night she committed suicide. She left behind a suicide note that indicated serious heartbreak. It was addressed to Suraj Pancholi. Khan’s mother shared it with the media through her publicist.

 

Chris Lighty


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Hip-Hop manager Chris Lighty took his life allegedly after a huge argument with his wife. He walked away exclaiming, “I’m tired of this,” before shooting himself behind his home in South Riverdale. He worked with such artists as Diddy, Ja Rule, 50 Cents and Mariah Carey.

Ernest Hemingway

Great American writer Ernest Hemingway suffered from depression and alcoholism. He was found dead of a shotgun wound in the head at his home. His wife insisted it was an accident after the writer was cleaning his weapon.

Jovan Belcher

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his longtime girlfriend multiple times and then drove to team headquarters where he shot and killed himself in front of his coach and general manager. Right before he shot himself, he said “I wasn’t able to get enough help.” Apparently, he was worried about money and his girlfriend taking his baby away from him.

Gia Allemand

Former Bachelor contestant committed suicide by hanging. Her boyfriend found the former Maxim model in her New Orleans home. The 29-year-old was removed from life support after doctors informed the family that she’d suffered a critical loss of brain and organ function.

Tony Scott

Director of hit film “Top Gun,” Tony Scott died from multiple blunt force injuries from jumping off the bridge into the Los Angeles Harbor. He also drowned, and medical records revealed he had high levels of the anti-depressant Remeron and the sleep aid Lunesta in his system. He left notes in his car to friends and family, but they didn’t reveal the reason why he chose to kill himself.

Freddie E

The young Seattle rapper died from a self-inflicted rifle wound to the head. Known for his JerkTV series on YouTube, the rapper tweeted the moments leading up to his suicide. He posted the following: “If there’s a God then He’s calling me back home. This barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It’s cold & I’d rather die than live alone.” It is rumored he was heartbroken, and was formerly romantically involved with fellow rapper Honey coke.

Shakir Stewart

Def Jam executive vice president Shakir Stewart was found in his bathroom in his Atlanta area home. He suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His fiancé said he was “in deep pain and largely suffering in silence.”

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