Famous People Who Committed Suicide

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Losing a loved one to suicide is probably one of the most emotionally devastating experiences a person can go through. And when a celebrity commits suicide, then it is not just their family but the entire world that is left shocked and betrayed. On the surface it might seem like celebrities have perfect lives, courted by fame, wealth, and the adoration of fans. However like every other human being, famous people too experience pains and disappointments albeit away from the public eye. The news of a celebrity suicide catches us unawares and shocks us to the core. When the much beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide, his fans were left devastated. Just how could someone who made the world laugh get so disillusioned with life that he killed himself? Whitney Houston and Philip Seymour Hoffman are the other two name who immediately come to mind when we talk of suicide. Read on to know more about the famous people who committed suicide.
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 1 
Cleopatra
(Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt (51 - 30 BC))
Cleopatra
90
Birthdate: 0069 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 31, 0030
 2 
Robin Williams
(Actor & Comedian Best Known for His Roles in 'Mork & Mindy ', 'Popeye' and 'Good Will Hunting')
Robin Williams
126
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 11, 2014
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 3 
Vincent van Gogh
(One of the Most Famous and Influential Artists of All Time)
Vincent van Gogh
74
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890
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 4 
Chester Bennington
(One of the Greatest Rock Vocalists of His Generation)
Chester Bennington
66
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Died: July 20, 2017
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 5 
Ernest Hemingway
(American Literary Icon Who Was Known for His Straightforward Prose & Use of Understatement)
Ernest Hemingway
62
Birthdate: July 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: July 2, 1961
 6 
Virginia Woolf
(One of the Most Important Modernist 20th-Century Authors)
Virginia Woolf
64
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: March 28, 1941
 7 
Sylvia Plath
(Famous for Her Books 'The Bell Jar' and 'Ariel')
Sylvia Plath
38
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 11, 1963
 8 
Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist, Author and Founder of the Gonzo Journalism Movement)
Hunter S. Thompson
32
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 20, 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 9 
Adolf Hitler
(Nazi Dictator and Chancellor of Germany (1933-1945))
Adolf Hitler
901
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria
Died: April 30, 1945
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 10 
Caroline Flack
(Television Presenter)
Caroline Flack
33
Birthdate: November 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enfield, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Died: February 15, 2020
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 11 
Avicii
(Swedish DJ & Remixer Known for His Single 'Levels')
Avicii
112
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 20, 2018
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 12 
Erwin Rommel
(General)
Erwin Rommel
65
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany
Died: October 14, 1944
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 13 
Margot Kidder
(Actress and Activist Known for Her Role as ‘Lois Lane’ in the ‘Superman Film Series’)
Margot Kidder
15
Birthdate: October 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yellowknife, Canada
Died: May 13, 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Hannibal
(Carthaginian General and Statesman)
Hannibal
19
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0247 BC
Birthplace: Carthage, Tunisia
Died: 0183 BC
 15 
David Foster Wallace
20
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States
Died: September 12, 2008
 16 
Nero
(Roman Emperor)
Nero
36
Birthdate: December 15, 0037
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anzio, Italy
Died: June 9, 0068
 17 
Junior Seau
(American Football Players)
Junior Seau
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
Died: May 2, 2012
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 18 
Jonathan Brandis
24
Birthdate: April 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Danbury, Connecticut
Died: November 12, 2003
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 19 
Eva Braun
(Mistress and Later Wife of Adolf Hitler)
Eva Braun
56
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: April 30, 1945
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 20 
Harold Shipman
(Serial Killer)
Harold Shipman
89
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: January 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: January 13, 2004
 21 
August Ames
(Actress)
August Ames
20
Birthdate: August 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: December 5, 2017
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 22 
Mark Rothko
(American Painter Known or His Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Paintings)
Mark Rothko
3
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Died: February 25, 1970
 23 
Donny Hathaway
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer)
Donny Hathaway
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 13, 1979
 24 
Pontius Pilate
(5th Governor of the Roman Province of Judaea)
Pontius Pilate
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Roman Empire
 25 
Freddie Prinze
(American Actor and Stand-up Comedian Known for His TV Sitcom ‘Chico and the Man’)
Freddie Prinze
16
Birthdate: June 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States
Died: January 29, 1977
 26 
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman and Dramatist)
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
13
Birthdate: 0004 BC
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: 0065 AD
 27 
Elliott Smith
(American Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist)
Elliott Smith
27
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Omaha
Died: October 21, 2003
 28 
Aaron Swartz
(Computer Programmer)
Aaron Swartz
26
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 11, 2013
 29 
Martha Gellhorn
(Novelist & Travel writer)
Martha Gellhorn
8
Birthdate: November 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: February 15, 1998
 30 
Jean Seberg
(Known for Her Performance in the French Film ‘Breathless’)
Jean Seberg
11
Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: August 30, 1979
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 31 
Fred West
(Serial Killer)
Fred West
62
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: September 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Much Marcle, United Kingdom
Died: January 1, 1995
 32 
George Reeves
12
Birthdate: January 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woolstock, Iowa
Died: June 16, 1959
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 33 
Tony Scott
(Director Known for His Successful Thriller Films: ‘Top Gun’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ and ‘Days of Thunder')
Tony Scott
6
Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tynemouth, England
Died: August 19, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Sulli
(Actress, Singer)
Sulli
35
Birthdate: March 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 35 
Keith Emerson
(English Keyboardist and Former Member of the Trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
Keith Emerson
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: March 11, 2016
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 36 
Abbie Hoffman
(Political Activist, Co-Founder of the 'Youth International Party' and Member of the 'Chicago Seven')
Abbie Hoffman
16
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 12, 1989
 37 
Keith Flint
(Singer, Dancer and Motorcycle Racer Who Was a Member of the Electronic Dance Act ‘The Prodigy’)
Keith Flint
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Redbridge, London, England
Died: March 4, 2019
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 38 
Sawyer Sweeten
(Child Actor)
Sawyer Sweeten
17
Birthdate: May 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brownwood, Texas
Died: April 23, 2015
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 39 
Margaux Hemingway
(American Fashion Model and Actress)
Margaux Hemingway
11
Birthdate: February 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: July 1, 1996
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 40 
Diane Arbus
(Photographer)
Diane Arbus
5
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: March 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: July 26, 1971
 41 
Thich Quang Duc
(Former Vietnamese monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963)
Thich Quang Duc
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1897 AD
Birthplace: Hội Khánh, Vietnam
Died: June 11, 1963
 42 
Chelsie Kryst
(Beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2019.)
Chelsie Kryst
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan, United States
Died: January 30, 2022
 43 
Inger Stevens
(Swedish-American Actress Best Known for Her TV Series ‘The Farmer's Daughter’)
Inger Stevens
16
Birthdate: October 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 30, 1970
 44 
Charles Boyer
(French-American Actor)
Charles Boyer
7
Birthdate: August 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Figeac, France
Died: August 26, 1978
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 45 
Mindy McCready
(Platinum-selling country music singer who is known for albums like 1996's Ten Thousand Angels)
Mindy McCready
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Died: February 17, 2013
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 46 
Walter Benjamin
(German Jewish Philosopher, Cultural Critic and Essayist)
Walter Benjamin
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26, 1940
 47 
George Eastman
(Inventor of Roll Film)
George Eastman
5
Birthdate: July 12, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waterville
Died: March 14, 1932
 48 
Kerry Von Erich
(Professional Wrestler)
Kerry Von Erich
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Died: February 18, 1993
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 49 
Ray Combs
(Actor, Television actor)
Ray Combs
5
Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamilton
Died: June 2, 1996
 50 
Phil Ochs
(Singer)
Phil Ochs
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
Died: April 9, 1976