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Famous Suicides

  • Johnny Ace, Russian roulette.
  • Chris Acland, drummer for Lush.
  • Stuart Adamson, lead singer, Big Country.
  • Howard Armstrong, invented FM radio.
  • Diana Barrymore, actress, alcohol and sleeping pills.
  • Clara Blandick, Auntie Em in the Wizard of Oz, sleeping pills.
  • Jonathan Brandis, actor Seaquest DSV, hanged.
  • Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's mistress, in the Fuhrerbunker.
  • Richard Brautigan, author, cranial GSW.
  • Cleopatra, asp.
  • Kurt Cobain, shotgun, Seattle.
  • Ray Combs, host of Family Feud, hanged himself at Glendale Adventist Hospital.
  • Hart Crane, poet, drowning.
  • Dennis Crosby, son of Bing Crosby, shotgun.
  • Lindsay Crosby, son of Bing Crosby, shotgun.
  • Andrew Cunanan, homosexual serial killer, gunshot.
  • Ian Curtis, of Joy Division, hanged himself on the eve of their American tour.
  • George Armstrong Custer, probable suicide with pistol.
  • Thich Quang Duc, self-immolation, Saigon.
  • R. Budd Dwyer, Pennsylvania state treasurer, gunshot.
  • George Eastman, pistol.
  • Lillian Millicent Entwistle, starlet, jumped off the Hollywood sign.
  • Brian Epstein, Beatles manager, likely suicide by pills.
  • Sergei Esenin, Russian poet, hanging.
  • Tom Evans, of Badfinger, hanged, Surrey.
  • David Ferrie, person of interest in the John F. Kennedy assassination.
  • Sigmund Freud, psychoanalyst, morphine overdose.
  • Gerard de Nerval, poet and author, hanged himself.
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author.
  • Joseph Goebbels.
  • Hermann Goering, poison pill prior to his hanging sentence.
  • Vincent van Gogh, gunshot.
  • Anton Gustafsson, Iron Maiden tribute artist.
  • Peter Ham, of Badfinger, hanged.
  • Rusty Hamer, Danny Thomas' son on Make Room For Daddy, gunshot.
  • Sadeq Hedayat, author of The Blind Owl, natural gas inhalation.
  • Rudolf Hess, strangled himself in prison, Spandau East Berlin.
  • Ernest Hemingway, shotgun.
  • Margaux Hemingway, actress, barbiturates.
  • Heinrich Himmler, cyanide capsule.
  • Adolf Hitler, pistol and cyanide.
  • Abbie Hoffman, counterculture author of Steal This Book.
  • Douglas Hopkins, of the Gin Blossoms, shot himself.
  • Robert E. Howard, author, pistol.
  • Michael Hutchence, of INXS, hanging or possibly Autoerotic Asphyxiation. In the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Sydney, Australia.
  • Terry Jones, David Bowie's brother.
  • Terry Kath, of the band Chicago, Russian roulette.
  • Vachel Lindsay, poet and essayist, Lysol.
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian Futurist poet.
  • Yukio Mishima, Japanese playwright, seppuku.
  • Marilyn Monroe, pills.
  • George de Mohrenschildt, gunshot.
  • Nero.
  • Jan Palach, Czech protester, self-immolation.
  • Robert Pilatus, of Milli Vanilli.
  • Sylvia Plath, poet, inhaling natural gas.
  • Dana Plato, pills.
  • Freddie Prinze, Chico and the Man, gunshot.
  • Geli Raubal, Hitler's niece, gunshot in 1939.
  • Margaret Mary Ray, David Letterman's stalker, knelt in front of a train.
  • George Reeves, actor, played Superman.
  • Bobby Sands, of the IRA, hunger strike.
  • George Sanders, actor, sleeping-pill overdose.
  • Savannah, porn star, gunshot.
  • Shauna Grant, porn star, gunshot.
  • Socrates, hemlock.
  • Screaming Lord Sutch, founder of England's Monster Raving Loonie Party.
  • Del Shannon, vocalist, .22 caliber rifle.
  • Elliott Smith, singer-songwriter, stabbed himself.
  • David Strickland, Suddenly Susan co-star, hanged himself in Las Vegas.
  • Sara Teasdale, poet, drowning.
  • Jason Thirsk, of Pennywise, gunshot.
  • Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist, gunshot.
  • Thelma Todd, actress, carbon monoxide.
  • E. William Tucker, of Ministry and Pigface, pills and slit his own throat.
  • Alan Turing, computer scientist and cryptographer, poisoned apple.
  • Lupe Velez, the Mexican Spitfire, sleeping pills.
  • Herve Villechaize, midget Fantasy Island actor, shotgun.
  • James Whale, Frankenstein director, shallow dive.
  • Dan White, assassin of S.F. Mayor Moscone, carbon monoxide.
  • Paul Williams of The Temptations, gunshot.
  • Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics, shot herself in the woods outside her home in 1998.
  • Alan Wilson, of Canned Heat.
  • Virginia Woolf, drowning.

Murder-Suicides

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Timeline

10 Nov 1887 Louis Lingg, scheduled to be hanged for his alleged role in the Haymarket riot bomb, commits suicide by holding a lit stick of dynamite in his mouth.
14 Dec 1944 Lupe Velez, Hollywood's "Mexican Spitfire" of the 1940's, commits suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills. Contrary to her plans of being found laid out on the bed in a silk nightgown, she is instead discovered in the bathroom with her head in the toilet. Her ex-husband, Tarzan star Johnny Weismuller, frequently used to beat her.