List of suicides in the 21st century

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Albert Flores

The following are notable peoples who committed suicide in the year 2001 and after. Suicides under duress are included. Deaths by accident or misadventure are excluded. Individuals who might or might not have died by their own hand, or whose intention to die is in dispute, but who are widely believed to have deliberately committed suicide, may be listed under Possible suicides.

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Confirmed suicides


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Phillip Adams2021American football player, shot himself during standoff with police
Stephanie Adams2018American former glamour model, known as the November 1992 Playboy Playmate, jumped from a 25th floor window with her seven-year-old son, Vincent, in her arms.
Stuart Adamson2001Scottish guitarist and singer (Big Country, Skids), hanging after alcohol ingestion. +more
Ahn Jae-hwan2008South Korean actor, carbon monoxide poisoning
Chantal Akerman2015Belgian film director. Was previously hospitalized for depression.
Leelah Alcorn2014American transgender teenager, walked in front of a truck
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya2020Russian-Australian ice skater, jumped from window of her apartment
Michael Alfonso, aka Mike Awesome2007American professional wrestler, hanging
Gia Allemand2013American actress and model, hanging
August Ames2017Canadian pornographic actress and model, suffered from bipolar depression and dissociative identity disorder, hung herself after backlash to a controversial tweet.
Desmond Amofah, aka Etika2019American YouTuber and streamer, committed suicide after battling with mental illness for months, as well as bullying, drowned.
Gonçalo Amorim2012Portuguese cyclist, gunshot
Keith Andes2005American actor, asphyxiation
Kei Aoyama2011Japanese manga artist, hanging
Gustavo Arnal2022Chief Financial Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond, jumping Arnal was accused of being involved in a 'pump and dump scheme' before his death
Sei Ashina2020Japanese actress, method undisclosed
John Atchison2007American federal prosecutor and alleged child sex offender, hanging
Atsumi Yoshikubo2014Japanese psychiatrist, intentionally getting lost in the Canadian Taiga.
Mohamed Atta2001Egyptian member of Al-Qaeda, and leader of the 9/11 hijackers, plane crash of American Airlines Flight 11
Pekka-Eric Auvinen2007Finnish Jokela High School shooter, gunshot to head


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Nikki Bacharach2007Daughter of Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson, was diagnosed with visual impairment and Asperger syndrome, suffocated
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi2019Iraqi-born Islamic terrorist and leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, detonation of a suicide vest
Mark Balelo2013Cast member on the reality TV series Storage Wars, asphyxiation, days after an arrest for drug charges
Pratyusha Banerjee2016Indian actress, hanging, although her parents speculate that her boyfriend murdered her and staged her suicide
Johanna Bassani2020Austrian combined Nordic skier and ski jumper
Simone Battle2014X Factor contestant and member of the pop band +moreL. '>G. R. L. , hanging, due to depression over financial issues
J. Clifford Baxter2002American Enron Corporation executive, gunshot
Ari Behn2019Norwegian author and painter, suffered from depression and other mental health issues, alcoholism, and loneliness
Jovan Belcher2012American football player, shot himself after killing his girlfriend
Jadin Bell2013Oregon teen who was taken off life support after he attempted suicide by hanging himself. He was driven to take his own life because he was bullied for being homosexual, according to his family.
Helena Belmonte2014Filipino model, jumped off building, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Malik Bendjelloul2014Swedish documentary filmmaker, jumped in front of moving train, he was struggling with depression
Chester Bennington2017American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), hanging, had struggled with substance abuse and depression
Chris Benoit2007Canadian professional wrestler, hanged himself after killing his wife and son; had suffered from dementia, depression, and possible traumatic brain injury
Tim Bergling, aka Avicii2018Swedish DJ and music producer, self-inflicted cuts resulting in blood loss, suffered from anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression
David Berman2019American musician, singer, poet and cartoonist best known for his work with indie-rock bands the Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, hanging. Previously attempted suicide in 2003, suffered from depression, anxiety, and drug addiction
Byron "Reckful" Bernstein2020Former professional Esports player - best known for World of Warcraft, pioneer of streaming on Twitch. tv. He battled with depression for more than 20 years.
Paul Bhattacharjee2013British actor, jumped from a clifftop a day after he had been declared bankrupt, he suffered from severe depression
Brian Bianchini2004American male model, hanging, suffered from depression
Abraham Biggs2008American college student who livestreamed his suicide on the video broadcasting website Justin. tv, overdose of opiates and benzodiazepines He had been struggling with bipolar disorder
Steve Bing2020American businessman and film producer, jumped from 27th floor of apartment building
Bob Birch2012American musician; gunshot, he had severe gastrointestinal issues brought on by a 1995 car accident, and suffered from extreme insomnia
David Birnie2005Australian serial killer and rapist, hanging
Jeremy Blake2007American artist, drowning, possible motive was harassment from Scientologists
Erica Blasberg2010American golfer, asphyxia caused by prescription overdose, found with a dust mask on her mouth, and plastic bag over her head
Miguel Blesa2017Spanish banker and businessman, involved in various corruption scandals, gunshot to chest
Isabella Blow2007English magazine editor, and muse to fashion designer Alexander McQueen, poisoning, suffered from bipolar disorder, as well as depression after a cancer diagnosis and fading celebrity status
Eduardo Bonvallet2015Chilean World Cup footballer and pundit, known for his strong opinions, hanging, suffered from depression
Novak Bošković2019Serbian handball player, gunshot
Dmitry Bosov2020Russian businessman and billionaire, gunshot
Mohamed Bouazizi2011Tunisian street vendor, self-immolation, set himself on fire in retaliation for having his wares stolen, and being harassed. His suicide sparked the Tunisian Revolution.
Anthony Bourdain2018American chef, author, and television personality, hanging, suicide "appeared to be an impulsive act".
Jonathan Brandis2003American actor, hanging, he was depressed about his career, which had slowly declined in recent years, and he was drinking heavily.
Charlie Brandt2004American serial killer, hanging
Blake Brockington2015American LGBT advocate who was the first openly transgender homecoming king in the state of North Carolina, vehicular impact He had been struggling with severe depression
Molly Brodak2020American poet, writer, and baker, she struggled with depression since childhood
Herman Brood2001Dutch musician, artist, composer, jumping from the roof of the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam, he was depressed by the failure of his drug rehabilitation program, and was facing serious medical problems due to his prolonged drug use
Joseph Brooks2011American screenwriter, director, producer, and composer known for the song "You Light Up My Life" Brooks had been indicted on multiple rape and sexual assault allegations, but committed suicide before he could be tried. The day after Brooks' death, the medical examiner ruled that Brooks had killed himself, citing asphyxia, he was facing sexual assault charges.
Jürgen Brümmer2014German Olympic gymnast (1988), jumping from the Koersch Viaduct, Shortly afterwards, his 15-year-old son, who was in need of ongoing care since an accident two years before, was found dead in his home, evidently having been suffocated by Brümmer.
David Buckel2018American LGBT rights lawyer and environmental activist, self-immolation in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, set self on fire in protest of the use of fossil fuels
Brad Bufanda2017American actor, jumped from building


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Homaro Cantu2015American chef, hanging, had no history of depression or mental illness, left no suicide note
Capital Steez2012American hip-hop artist, unhappy with his career, jumped off the rooftop of the Cinematic Music Group headquarters in Manhattan
Tim Carter2008Footballer, hanging, he was struggling to deal with his son's disabilities
Steve Carl Cash2020American YouTuber and singer known for his channel "Talking Kitty Cat". Gunshot, after suffering from a depressive episode induced by bipolar disorder. +more
Finn M. W. Caspersen2009American financier and philanthropist, gunshot, after battle with cancer and anticipated financial problems
Ariel Castro2013Puerto Rican American man convicted in August 2013 of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder for holding Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus in his Cleveland, Ohio, home over the course of a decade, hanging
Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart2018Cuban nuclear physicist, son of Fidel Castro, suffered from depression
Kelly Catlin2019American cyclist, asphyxiation suffered from depression, suffered a concussion months prior to her suicide
Antonio Catricalà2021Italian civil servant and lawyer, gunshot
Champignon2013Brazilian musician, bassist for Charlie Brown Jr. , gunshot to head, suffered from depression and anxiety, was distraught over criticism, insecurity, and financial struggles
Joseph Newton Chandler III2002Formerly unidentified identity thief, gunshot
Pierre Chanal2003French soldier and alleged serial killer
Iris Chang2004American historian and author of The Rape of Nanking, gunshot wound to the mouth, she had an extreme bout of depression and reactive psychosis
Danny Chen2011Chinese-American U. S. Army Private, gunshot, he was tortured, harassed, assaulted, and bullied relentlessly by his fellow soldiers for being of Asian descent.
Vic Chesnutt2009American country-folk singer-songwriter, intentional overdose of muscle relaxants. , was unable to receive insurance due to his quadriplegia following a car accident in 1983, and was $50,000 in debt due to medical bills.
Leslie Cheung2003Hong Kong singer, jumped off the 24th floor of the hotel Mandarin Oriental, having been diagnosed with severe clinical depression.
V. J. Chitra2020Indian actress, hanging, her husband was suspected of encouraging her to commit suicide
Seung-Hui Cho2007American university student who perpetrated the Virginia Tech shooting, gunshot
Choi Jin-sil2008South Korean actress, hanging, likely due to grief resulting from her friend, Ahn Jae-hwan's, suicide
Choi Jin-young2010South Korean actor and singer, hanging, suffered from depression after his sister, Choi Jin-sil, committed suicide in 2008. Jin-young had attempted suicide several times, including once by drug overdose in 2009.
Chung Doo-un2019South Korean politician
Brian Christopher2018American professional wrestler, hanging, found in his cell after being incarcerated for driving under the influence and public intoxication
Tyler Clementi2010Gay American student at Rutgers University, jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly observed him with a webcam, kissing his date
Camila María Concepción2020American screenwriter and transgender rights activist
Tarka Cordell2008British musician, hanging
Don Cornelius2012American television show host and producer, best known as the creator and host of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, gunshot. He had been suffering from seizures, possibly suffered from the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
Chris Cornell2017American musician, singer and songwriter (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog), hanging after performance, suffered from depression, anxiety, and drug addiction for many years, many drugs were found in his system after years of sobriety
John Coughlin2019American figure skater, hanging, was accused of sexual assault, and was accused by more women after his death
Julee Cruise2022American musician. She struggled with lupus, depression and alcohol and drug addiction.
Smiley Culture2011English reggae singer and DJ, stabbed himself during police raid
Eylül Cansın2015Turkish transgender woman who was exploited into sex work, jumping
Antonio Calvo2011Senior lecturer in Spanish at Princeton University, cut his throat and arms. He committed suicide after being either suspended from the university, or having his employment contract abruptly terminated, as this meant that he would lose his residence visa and possibly face deportation.
Chen Gang2011Chinese university lecturer, jumping. He had committed suicide after losing to a rival, which he attributed to corruption in the university.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Charlotte Dawson2014Australian TV presenter, hanging, due to cyber bullying
Brad Delp2007American rock musician (Boston) carbon monoxide poisoning in his bathroom using two charcoal grills, suffering from depression due to lingering hard feelings from Boston's disbandment in the 1980s and personal tension with bandleader Scholz.
Ronald Desruelles2015Belgian athlete, hanging, he was depressed after the failure of his business
Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah2001King of Nepal and perpetrator of the Nepalese royal massacre, gunshot to the head
+more_Disch'>Thomas M. Disch2008American writer, gunshot, he suffered from depression following the death of his long-term partner, Charles Naylor.
Christopher Dorner2013American police officer, shot himself in Angelus Oaks, California, after killing his former colleagues. He allegedly committed the act in retaliation against his former workplace, after being fired for reporting excessive force
Jon Dough2006American pornographic actor, hanging, he suffered from depression and alcoholism
Edward Downes2009English conductor, assisted double suicide with wife Lady Joan Downes at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, had suffered from increasing hearing impairment, as well as near total blindness, and his wife had terminal cancer.
Scott Dozier2019American murderer on death row in Nevada after the 2002 murder of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller, hanging
Charmaine Dragun2007Australian television newsreader, jumped off The Gap, an oceanside cliff in Sydney, after a long battle with depression
Dave Duerson2011American football player, gunshot, posthumous research of his brain found chronic traumatic encephalopathy after years of concussions in his football career
Clay Duke2010American ex-convict, gunshot, opened fire on the Panama City school board during a meeting after his wife, Rebecca, who was a teacher in the school district, was fired. After getting hit by a bullet from a security officer's pistol, Duke collapsed and then used a remaining bullet in his gun to kill himself.
Theresa Duncan2007American video game designer, blogger, filmmaker, and critic. Her partner Jeremy Blake also committed suicide. The couple were both being harassed by Scientologists prior to their deaths.
Aleksandr Dolmatov2013Russian opposition activist and asylum seeker, undisclosed method. He was found dead by suicide in a deportation centre in the Netherlands, after being denied political asylum, which he was seeking in order to avoid arrest in Russia due to his participation in the 2011-2013 Russian protests.
Denice Denton2006American professor of electrical engineering, academic administrator, and ninth chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, jumped 33 stories off of The Paramount. She had committed suicide one day after being released from a psychiatric institute, where she had been treated for depression. She had been harassed and threatened a year prior.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Volker Eckert2007German serial killer, hanging
Naima El Bezaz2020Moroccan-Dutch writer, suffered from depression for most of her life
Keith Emerson2016English keyboardist, gunshot, he suffered from depression, alcoholism, and anxiety about future performances, due to increasing nerve damage and pain, which hindered his ability to play the keyboard
Martin Emond2004New Zealand cartoonist and painter, hanging
Robert Enke2009German football goalkeeper, impact by train near Neustadt am Rübenberge, he had been suffering from depression for six years, and was distraught over the death of his daughter Lara in 2006
Richard Evonitz2002American serial killer and kidnapper; gunshot
Dolly Everett2018Australian face of the Akubra hat brand, undisclosed method. Although her suicide is largely attributed to cyberbullying, it is speculated that the real motive was caused by depression, or a combination of the two


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Angus Fairhurst2008English artist, hanging
Jackie Fairweather2014Australian triathlete and long-distance runner, struggled with perfectionism
Moni Fanan2009Team manager of the Israeli basketball team +more'>Maccabi Tel Aviv during the years 1992-2008, hanging; he owed $20 M and had been running a private bank
Fausto Fanti2014Founding member of comedy troupe Hermes & Renato and guitarist of Massacration, hanging, he suffered from depression, and was diagnosed with bipolar type II
Richard Farnsworth2000American actor, gunshot, he suffered from terminal cancer, which left him with severe chronic pain
René Favaloro2000Argentine cardiac surgeon renowned for creating a technique for coronary bypass surgery, gunshot to the heart, he felt hopeless regarding the economic and political struggles in his country, and he was likely still suffering from grief, following the death of his wife in 1998
José Feghali2014Brazilian pianist, winner of the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, gunshot to head
Mark Fisher2017Critical theorist and cultural critic, hanging. Fisher detailed his struggles with depression throughout his writing, especially in the pages of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?.
Caroline Flack2020British television presenter of Love Island, hanging. , she suffered from depression and mental health issues, and struggled with the pressures of fame
David Fonseca2015Former Belize City mayor, gunshot to head
Danny Frawley2019Former Australian Rules footballer and broadcaster, suicide by intentional car accident. His brain was tested two year later, and he was found to have been suffering from stage two chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Ryan Freel2012American professional baseball player, gunshot, suffered from depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and impulse control disorder, also had stage two chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Keith Flint2019English vocalist and dancer most associated with The Prodigy, hanging, he suffered from depression and drug addiction prior to his marriage; the depression might have resurfaced
André "Dédé" Fortin2000Canadian songwriter, singer and guitarist (Les Colocs), stabbing, suffered from depression
Verónica Forqué2021Spanish actress, suicide by hanging after a long depression.
Kelly Fraser2019Canadian pop singer and songwriter, she experienced racism, cyberbullying, and childhood trauma
Amina El Filali2012Moroccan teenager forced to marry her rapist, rat poison.
Christopher Foster2008Welsh businessman, killed his wife, daughter, horses and dogs before setting the family house on fire, gunshot and self-immolation


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Goo Hara2019South Korean singer and actress, former member of K-Pop group KARA, found dead at her home after being cyber-bullied by malicious commenters, due to a scandal that involved her and her abusive ex-boyfriend.
Anthony Galindo2020Venezuelan singer, he suffered from depression, apparently due to the frequent cancellations of his shows following the COVID-19 pandemic
Alan Garcia2019Peruvian president, gunshot, was to be arrested for involvement in the Odebrecht scandal
Jamir Garcia2020Filipino singer, vocalist of the band Slapshock, hanging
Santiago García2021Uruguayan soccer player, gunshot, had been receiving psychiatric treatment
John Geddert2021American gymnastics coach, gunshot, shortly after being charged with 24 felony counts related to sexual abuse of his trainees
Babak Ghorbani2014Iranian wrestler, overdose, was charged with murder in 2012, which is a possible factor that led to his suicide
Sam Gillespie2003Australian philosopher whose writings and translations were crucial to the initial reception of Alain Badiou's work in the English-speaking world
Jeremy Giambi2022American professional baseball player, gunshot
Joe Gliniewicz2015American police officer, gunshot; facing the exposure of his criminal activity, he staged his suicide under the guise of being killed by three unknown men
John Wayne Glover2005Australian serial killer, hanging. +more
Jean-Luc Godard2022French-Swiss film director and film critic; assisted suicide procedure.
David Goodall2018English-born Australian botanist and ecologist, physician-assisted suicide
Lucy Gordon2009British actress and model, hanging after an argument with her boyfriend, cinematographer Jerome Alveras
Gōri Daisuke2010Japanese voice actor, narrator and actor, cut his wrist, was depressed about fading vision caused by diabetes, which hindered his ability to work
Sophie Gradon2018English model and television personality, hanging, possibly due to cyberbullying
Bob Grant2003English actor, carbon monoxide poisoning, suffered from depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues, was also struggling with debt and lack of work
Spalding Gray2004American actor, playwright, screenwriter, performance artist, and monologuist, jumped off the Staten Island Ferry, was severely injured and depressed after a car accident in 2001
Mark Green2004American record-setting minor league hockey star, hanged himself after being accused of stealing from a car dealership
Josh Greenberg2015American entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of music streaming service Grooveshark, found dead, cause and motive of death are unknown
Paul Gruchow2004American writer, drug overdose, suffered from depression


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Charles Haddon2010lead singer of British synthpop band Ou Est le Swimming Pool, was found hanging in a car park backstage after injuring a fan during a stage dive
Charlie Haeger2020American baseball player, gunshot, committed suicide after the suspected murder of his ex-girlfriend
Jason Hairston2018American football player, was found to have been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Ryan Halligan2003Vermont high school student who died of suicide due to bullying, hanging
Tony Halme2010Finnish athlete, actor and politician, gunshot
David Hamilton2016British photographer and filmmaker known for his nudes of pubescent girls, asphyxiation via plastic bag after one of his models accused him of rape
Neda Hassani2003Iranian protester, self-immolation in front of French embassy in London
Marvin Heemeyer2004American welder who went on a rampage with a modified bulldozer, gunshot
Sarah Hegazi2020Egyptian LGBT activist, suffered from PTSD after being tortured in prison for flying a rainbow flag
Benjamin Hendrickson2006American actor, gunshot
Victor Heringer2018Brazilian novelist and poet who won the Prêmio Jabuti in 2013, jumped from the window of his apartment, suffered from depression for most of his life
Aaron Hernandez2017American football player and convicted murderer, died of suicide by hanging in his prison cell
Paul Hester2005Australian television personality and drummer from Crowded House, hanged himself in a Melbourne park; he had split from the mother of his two daughters and had been suffering from depression for a number of years.
John Hicklenton2010British comics artist, suffered from multiple sclerosis
Crash Holly2003American wrestler, asphyxia due to pulmonary aspiration as a result of overdose of alcohol and drug overdose
Ludwig Hirsch2011Austrian singer, songwriter and actor, jumped from the second floor of a hospital window while being treated for lung cancer
Brandon Hixon2018American politician, gunshot. +more He killed himself before he was convicted of "sexual abuse allegations"
Alec Holowka2019Canadian video game programmer, designer, and musician, committed suicide four days after being accused of abuse by Zöe Quinn, suffered from mood and personality disorders
Tyler Honeycutt2018American basketball player (Sacramento Kings, Khimki), gunshot. , had been struggling with a nitrous oxide addiction, had trouble adjusting to life in Russia
Harry Horse2007English author, illustrator, cartoonist and musician, stabbed himself 47 times in a murder-suicide
Silvio Horta2020American screenwriter and television producer, gunshot
Hu Bo2017Chinese novelist and director
Nicholas Hughes2009Fisheries biologist, son of renowned poet Sylvia Plath, hanged himself after a long struggle with depression
Scott Hutchison2018Singer of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, body was found in a marina in Port Edgar, died after a long and public struggle with depression and anxiety


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Hideki Irabu2011Japanese professional baseball player, hanging
Bruce Ivins2008American biologist and alleged suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, overdose


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Marcel Jacob2009Swedish musician, best known as the bassist in the hard rock bands Talisman and Yngwie Malmsteen, suffered from personal issues and health problems
Irwin L. +more Jacobs2019American businessman, CEO of Genmar Holdings, gunshot after murdering his wife
M. Jaishankar2018Indian serial killer and rapist, slitting his own throat
Jill Janus2018American lead singer of the metal band Huntress, struggled with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, dissociative identity disorder, and alcoholism
Jang Ja-yeon2009South Korean actress, hanging, struggled with depression
Rick Jason2000American actor, gunshot, struggled with "unspecified personal issues"
Jaxon2006American cartoonist and illustrator, committed suicide after being diagnosed with prostate cancer
Richard Jeni2007American standup comedian and actor, gunshot, he had a history of schizophrenia and had been taking antidepressants and a sleeping aid, a week earlier, he was overheard saying "just squeeze the trigger. "
Ryan Jenkins2009Contestant on the 2009 reality TV series Megan Wants a Millionaire, hanged himself after being charged by police with murdering his wife, Jasmine Fiore
Jeon Mi-seon2019South Korean actress, hanging
Jeong Da-bin2007South Korean actress, hanging, suffered from depression, struggled with lack of work, the imprisonment of her manager, and cyberbullying
Jo Min-ki2018South Korean actor, hanging, likely due to facing sexual assault allegations
Dan Johnson2017American pastor and Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, he claimed to be suffering from PTSD from the September 11 attacks, though he also faced a child sexual abuse allegation; gunshot.
George Robert Johnston2004Canadian burglar and fugitive known as the Ballarat Bandit, gunshot
Greg Johnson2019Canadian ice hockey player, gunshot
J. J. Johnson2001American Bebop trombonist, gunshot, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer
Pavle Jovanonic2020Serbian-American Olympic bobsledder
Choi Jin-ri2019South Korean actress, model, singer, and songwriter, found dead at her home after being cyber-bullied online by malicious commenters.
Naomi Judd2022American country singer and actress, gunshot. She had been suffering from depression, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts. Her medication caused physical ailments, such as facial edema, alopecia, and tremors, which heightened her depression and anxiety.


Antonie Kamerling2010Dutch actor and musician, had been depressed
Chris Kanyon2010American professional wrestler, overdose of anti-depressant pills, suffered from bipolar disorder, had attempted suicide in 2003
Kazuhiko Katō2009Japanese musician, hanging
David Kellermann2009American businessman and CFO of Freddie Mac, suicide by hanging.
Mike Kelley2012American artist had been depressed
Israel Keyes2012American serial killer, suicide by self-inflicted wounds and suffocation
Jiah Khan2013British-American actress who appeared in Bollywood movies, hanging, her boyfriend was accused of staging her suicide
Sahar Khodayari2019Iranian activist who self-immolated in front of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran
Margot Kidder2018Canadian-American actress, known for her role as Lois Lane in Superman feature films, drug and alcohol overdose, suffered from bipolar disorder, was temporarily paralyzed in a car accident
Daul Kim2009South Korean model and blogger, hanged in her Paris apartment, suffered from insomnia, depression, and loneliness, struggled with the pressures of the fashion industry
Kim Ji-hoon2013South Korean singer-songwriter (Two Two) and actor, hanging
Kim Jong-hyun2017South Korean singer and songwriter, best known for being a member of K-pop boy band SHINee, suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, had suffered depression. +more
Yu-ri Kim2011South Korean model, poison, likely suffered from grief from the passing of her father in early 2011, had also lost her mother prior to her fathers death
Hana Kimura2020Japanese wrestler and reality show participant, committed suicide through hydrogen sulfide poisoning after having been cyber-bullied
Uday Kiran2014Telugu actor, hanging, he had suffered from depression due to financial crisis for almost a year
Stan Kirsch2020American actor, hanging
R. B. Kitaj2007American artist; suffocation, likely suffered from grief
John Kivela2017American politician, hanging, struggled with alcoholism
Billy Knight2018UCLA basketball player, self-inflicted blunt force injuries from jumping from a building, arrested for child molestation, struggled with mental health issues
Jak Knight2022American comedian and TV writer, gunshot
Andrew Koenig2010Actor known as Boner on the American sitcom Growing Pains, and the son of Star Trek actor Walter Koenig, hanging
Hannelore Kohl2001German wife of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, overdose of sleeping pills, suffered from photodermatitis
Takako Konishi2001Japanese office worker known for an urban legend surrounding her death, froze to death, struggled with grief after losing her job, which was a factor of her alcoholism
Ruslana Korshunova2008Kazakhstani model, aged 20, jumped from the ninth-floor balcony of her apartment in New York City
Oleksandr Kovalenko2010Ukrainian football player and referee, jumped from his apartment
Tim Kretschmer2009German student and mass shooter, gunshot
Norbert Kröcher2016German 2 June Movement terrorist, gunshot
Cheslie Kryst2022American model who won Miss USA in 2019, Jumped from the 9th floor of her apartment building, suffered from depression
Ashwani Kumar2020Indian police officer and politician who served as governor of Nagaland from 2013 to 2014, hanging
Hsu Kun-yuan2020Taiwanese politician, jumped off the roof of his apartment


Deborah Laake2000American columnist and writer, overdose of pills, suffered from depression, critic of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which she blamed for her inability to maintain her marriage
Paul Lambert2020British television journalist, producer and communications director
Lil Loaded2021American rapper, self-inflicted gunshot wound, was upset after a break up with his girlfriend
Karen Lancaume2005French pornographic film actress, overdose of temazepam
Adam Lanza2012Perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gunshot to the head
Don Lapre2011American television pitchman noted for several products, cut throat with a razor blade
Lee Eun-ju2005South Korean actress, slit wrists and hanging, suffered from depression, as well as insomnia after doing nude scenes in the film The Scarlet Letter
Lee Hye-Ryeon2007South Korean singer, known as U;Nee, hanging, suffered from depression and stress
Jon Lee2002drummer of British rock band (Feeder) hanging
Friedrich Leibacher2001Swiss mass murderer, gunshot
Dave Lepard2006lead singer and guitarist (Crashdïet) by hanging, after a struggle with depression
Andrzej Lepper2011Polish politician who was the leader of Samoobrona RP (Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland) hanging.
Arnie Lerma2018American former Scientologist and critic of Scientology, gunshot
Harry Lew2011A US Marine who was a victim of hazing, gunshot. +more
Chris Lighty2012American music industry executive and manager, gunshot; he had been involved in an argument with his ex-wife not long before his body was discovered.
Lil' Chris2015English musician, hanging after battling depression.
Mark Linkous2010American musician, gunshot to the heart. , suffered from depression, as well as grief after the suicide of his close friend Vic Chestnutt, was in the process of splitting from his wife of 19 years
Carlo Lizzani2013Italian film director, jumped from the balcony of his home.
Kevin James Loibl2016Assassin of Christina Grimmie, gunshot to the head
Bernard Loiseau2003French chef, shotgun blast to the head, unknown motive, likely due to depression
Ellen Joyce Loo2018Canadian-Hong Kong musician, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the folk-pop rock group at 17, fall from her high-rise apartment building. , suffered from bipolar disorder
Andreas Lubitz2015Co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, plane crash, suffered from a "psychosomatic illness", and psychotic depression, was deemed unfit to fly an aircraft by a doctor due to his suicidal tendencies
Roman Lyashenko2003Russian NHL hockey player, hanged himself with a belt.
David Lytton2015A formerly unidentified British man found on Saddleworth Moor, strychnine poisoning, suffered from depression
Fathima Latheef2019Indian post-graduate student, hanging. She committed suicide allegedly due to religious discrimination, and had listed three professors in her suicide note who had perpetrated the discrimination.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Pua Magasiva2019Samoan-born New Zealand actor, was convicted of assaulting his wife 15 days before his death, violent imagery and writings were found in his journal
Bhaiyyu Maharaj2018Indian spiritual guru, gunshot
Sean Malone2020American bassist
Mădălina Manole2010Romanian pop singer, pesticide poisoning
Michael Mantenuto2017American actor (Miracle) self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Michael Marin2012American businessman, cyanide pill, committed suicide after being convicted of arson
Andrew Martinez2006Nudism activist who became known on the University of California, Berkeley campus as the "Naked Guy", suffocation. +more, struggled with declining mental health and homelessness
Williams Martínez2021Uruguayan soccer player, struggled with depression due to COVID-19 related inactivity
Tadahiro Matsushita2012Japanese politician, hanging
David Edward Maust2006American serial killer, hanging
Jacques Mayol2001French free diver and subject of the movie The Big Blue, hanging
John McAfee2021British-American businessman and computer programmer, hanging. He committed suicide after facing tax evasion charges. There are conspiracy theories regarding his suicide, some believed it was staged.
Allyson McConnell2013Australian-Canadian woman who killed her two children, jumped off a bridge while in Australia, struggled with depression, had attempted suicide earlier in her life after being raped by her father
Mindy McCready2013American country music singer, gunshot. , had struggled with substance abuse and legal problems
Chris McKinstry2006Canadian artificial intelligence researcher, likely suffered from depression
Kenny McKinley2010American football player, gunshot, struggled with depression due to debt, injury, and his post-football career
John B. McLemore2015American horologist and subject of the podcast S-Town, ingested potassium cyanide
Alexander McQueen2010British fashion designer and couturier, hanged himself in his wardrobe, he had been diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder, and took an overdose prior to hanging himself
Megan Meier2006American high school student who died of suicide due to cyberbullying, hanging.
Adolf Merckle2009German entrepreneur and billionaire, suicide by train, the motive for his suicide was financial loss during the economic crisis of 2007-2008
Jill Messick2018American film producer, method not disclosed, was a victim of cyberbullying
Katie Meyer2022US soccer player, method not disclosed
Maningning Miclat2000Filipino poet and painter, jumped from the seventh floor of a building
Flávio Migliaccio2020Brazilian actor, film director and screenwriter, hanging
Haruma Miura2020Japanese actor, hanging. He had written in his notebook about his struggles with anxiety and suicidal thoughts
Shizuka Miura2010Japanese doll maker and musician, possibly related to medication.
Dave Mirra2016American BMX rider, gunshot, was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Mario Monicelli2010Italian film director, jumped out of a hospital window he was admitted a few days earlier for prostate cancer.
Ronald Lee Moore2008American fugitive and suspected serial killer, hanging
A. R. Morlan2016American author, she had dyslexia, arthritis, and Asperger syndrome
Gray Morrow2001American comics artist and illustrator, gunshot, suffered from Parkinson's disease
Jason Moss2006American attorney and author of The Last Victim, gunshot, struggled with depression
Miljan Mrdaković2020Serbian footballer, gunshot
Ian Murdock2015American software engineer and founder of the Debian distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system, hanging
Uwe Mundlos2011German National Socialist Underground terrorist, gunshot
Ronnie McNutt2020American Toyota plant worker and former veteran who livestreamed his suicide, which subsequently went viral; gunshot under the chin


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Mirosław Nahacz2007Polish novelist and screenwriter, hanging
Azade Namdari2021Famous Iranian Television producer and Presenter, overdose of antidepressant pills.
Terry Newton2010English rugby league player, hanging, a post mortem found traces of cocaine, amphetamines and the steroid nandrolone within his system, prescription anti-depressants, and consumption of alcohol, all of which could have impaired his judgment. +more Newton had left several notes stating he wanted to die.
Tom Nicon2010French model, jumped out of apartment window, was depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend
Jon Nödtveidt2006Swedish guitarist (Dissection), gunshot. , viewed suicide in a positive light as a follower of Satanism
Iván Noel2021French-Argentine film director and producer, committed suicide after being accused of child abuse
Bill Nojay2016American politician and member of the New York State Assembly, gunshot
Mita Noor2013Bangladeshi actress, hanging, struggled with depression
Hisashi Nozawa2004Japanese writer, hanging


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Sean O'Haire2014former WWE wrestler and MMA fighter, hanging., suffered from depression and drug addiction
Ambrose Olsen2010American model, hanging


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Stephen Paddock2017Perpetrator of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, gunshot. Paddock shot and killed 58 concert goers from the window of the Mandalay Bay Hotel before shooting and killing himself. +more
Tommy Page2017American singer-songwriter, hanging
Ali-Reza Pahlavi2011Prince of Iran and the youngest son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his third wife, Farah Pahlavi. After a long period of depression, on January 4, 2011, Alireza died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Leila Pahlavi2001Princess of Iran and the youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his third wife, Farah Pahlavi, barbiturate (Seconal) overdose, struggled with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
Miko Palanca2019Filipino actor, jump from building, suffered from depression related to his love life
Brodie Panlock2006Australian waitress from Melbourne, jumping from a multilevel carpark in Hawthorn. Her suicide was attributed to severe workplace bullying at the cafe where she worked.
Park Yong-ha2010South Korean actor and singer, hanging, struggled with maintaining his career, was also struggling with his father's cancer diagnosis
Park Won-soon2020South Korean activist, lawyer and Mayor of Seoul, motive for his suicide was likely due to sexual harassment allegations against him
Rehtaeh Parsons2013Canadian high school student who was bullied at school and online after images of her alleged gang rape were distributed online by its perpetrators, hanging
Darrin Patrick2020American author and pastor, gunshot
Mark Pavelich2021American hockey player, asphyxia, possibly suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, accidentally killed his friend at age 18
Jeret "Speedy" Peterson2011American skier, Olympic medalist, gunshot, struggled with depression and alcoholism due to child sexual abuse, and the death of his sister in 1987
Lawrence Phillips2016American football player, hanged himself in his prison cell. Phillips had been accused of murdering his cellmate in April 2015, and prosecutors had considered seeking the death penalty.
Justin Pierce2000English-born American actor and skateboarder known for his role in the 1995 drama Kids, hanging
Randy Potter2017American former missing person, gunshot
Hayden Poulter2018New Zealand serial killer, method not disclosed
Josh Powell2012American main suspect in the disappearance of his wife Susan Powell, blew up his house with him and his children inside
Slobodan Praljak2017Bosnian Croat General, poison. Praljak drank a small bottle of potassium cyanide in the courtroom of the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague after being convicted of war crimes.
Phoebe Prince2010American high school student who died of suicide due to school bullying and cyberbullying, hanging.
Wolfgang Přiklopil2006Austrian-Czech communications technician who kidnapped a young girl named Natascha Kampusch in 1998, jumping in front of train.
Kushal Punjabi2019Indian actor, hanging, he suffered from depression
Jacques Picoux2016Gay French-language university lecturer in Taiwan, undisclosed method. He had committed suicide after finding out that he would be prohibited from making medical decisions on behalf of his same-sex partner, nor would he have rights to the house the two shared, as their relationship was not legally recognized.
Audrie Pott2012American high school student, hanging. She had been sexually assaulted at a party, with the footage being uploaded online and shared between students. After the footage spread through her high school, Audrie suffered bullying and sexual harassment.
William Parente2009American real estate attorney, murdered his wife and two daughters, hanging
Kailia Posey2022American beauty pageant contestant and reality TV personality, method undisclosed


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Qiao Renliang2016Chinese singer and actor, slit wrist. He suffered from depression. +more
Dara Quigley2017Irish journalist and blogger, committed suicide while in a detainment cell. Quigley committed suicide five days after video footage of her walking naked in public following a psychotic episode was leaked online by a member of the Garda Síochána.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Jason Raize2004American actor, singer and former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, hanging.
Sushant Singh Rajput2020Indian actor, suicide by hanging at his home in Bandra on 14 June 2020. +more, struggled with depression and bipolar disorder
František Rajtoral2017Czech soccer player, hanging, possibly caused by a break up with his girlfriend, and the departure of his friend Daniel Kolář, suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome
Anil Ramdas2012Dutch writer and journalist, method undisclosed
Kodela Siva Prasada Rao2019Indian politician, hanging
Nicola Ann Raphael2001Scottish bullied student, overdose of dextropropoxyphene
Terry Ratzmann2005American mass murderer, gunshot
Albert Razin2019Russian Udmurt language rights activist and sociologist, self-immolation
Liam Rector2007U. S. poet and educator; gunshot. He suffered from several health problems, such as heart disease and cancer
David Reimer2004Canadian man who after a botched circumcision in infancy, was unsuccessfully reassigned as a girl until he learned the truth at age 13, gunshot. He had been suffering from severe depression, as well as grief from the death of his twin brother nearly two years prior.
Angelo Reyes2011Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, gunshot, his death came a week after being accused of corruption.
John Rheinecker2017American Major League Baseball pitcher, hanging, struggled with depression, had been abusing alcohol before his suicide
Artūras Rimkevičius2019Lithuanian footballer, gunshot
Al Rio2012Comics artist, and animation director, hanging.
Peter Robbins2022American voice actor, voice of Charlie Brown, struggled with mental illness for most of his life
Dale Roberts2010English football player, hanging, struggled with an injury, and publicity surrounding his fiancé's affair
Charles Rocket2005American actor, cut throat
Jamey Rodemeyer2011American high school student who died of suicide due to constant homophobic bullying, hanging.
Elliot Rodger201422-year-old American spree-killer and incel terrorist, killed five, and eventually himself, blamed women for his plight, gunshot
Roh Moo-hyun2009Ninth President of the Republic of Korea, jumping from a cliff, committed suicide after being accused of bribery
Jodon F. Romero2012American criminal, his suicide was broadcast on national television during a car chase in Arizona, gunshot
Conrad Roy2014American marine salvage captain, carbon monoxide poisoning, encouraged to commit suicide by his girlfriend Michelle Carter
Lori Erica Ruff, born Kimberly McLean2010Formerly unidentified woman who had assumed the given name, gunshot
Michael Ruppert2014American political activist, shot himself in Calistoga, California.
Richard Russell2018American airport ground operator and airplane thief, intentionally crashing the stolen airplane. His motive remains unknown
Stevie Ryan2017American YouTube personality, hanging. She had struggled with depression, as well as grief following the loss of her grandfather
Rick Rypien2011Canadian professional ice hockey player, suffered from depression for 10 years before his suicide
Ricky Rodriguez2005Son of cult leader and sexual abuse victim who murdered one of his abusers and killed himself afterward; gunshot to the head


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Jun Sadogawa2013Japanese manga artist, hanging
Rashaan Salaam2016American football player, gunshot wound to the head. He suffered from depression. +more He possibly suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy; his family declined brain tests that would have confirmed this.
Mark Salling2018American actor, was facing prison time for child pornography, hanging
Johanna Sällström2007Swedish actress, overdose of sleeping pills, suffered from depression
Nick Santino2012American soap opera actor, overdosed on pills, he died of suicide after having his dog euthanized; he felt that he had betrayed the dog, whom he had originally rescued from an animal shelter.
Vytautas Šapranauskas2013Lithuanian actor, hanging, before committing suicide, he reached out to friends to tell them his plans, but they simply brushed it off, and thought that he was joking
Carl Sargeant2017Welsh politician and former member of the Welsh Government. Sacked from Welsh Government after allegations of sexual harassment, hanging.
Sam Sarpong2015British-born American model and actor, jumping
Drake Sather2004American screenwriter, gunshot
Thomas Schäfer2020German Minister of Finance of Hesse, jumped in front of a train
Robert Schommer2001American astronomer, method not released to public
Tom Schweich2015American politician, gunshot, possibly due to slander from fellow Republicans, had threatened suicide several times prior, once with a gun in his hand, had been taking many medications for several illnesses
L'Wren Scott2014American fashion designer; hanged herself in her apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan in New York City. She went through a period of severe depression before her death.
Tony Scott2012English film director, famous for Top Gun; jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. Brother of director Ridley Scott. Although he had suffered with cancer for several years, no physical evidence of cancer was found in his body during his autopsy.
Junior Seau2012American football All-Pro player, gunshot to chest, he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players.
Oksana Shachko2018Ukrainian artist and activist, cofounder of FEMEN, hanging, had attempted to hang herself a few years prior
Samir Sharma2020Indian actor, hanging
Harold Shipman2004English family doctor and serial killer, hanging
Tiffany Simelane2009Swazi beauty queen, ingestion of weevil tablet, suffered from depression, feelings of isolation from her family, and the stress of being crowned Miss Swaziland
Irina Slavina2020Russian journalist, self-immolation
David Sonboly2016Iranian-German perpetrator of the 2016 Munich shooting, gunshot
Peu Sousa2013Brazilian guitarist for Nove Mil Anjos and Pitty, hanging, struggled with depression
Ellie Soutter2018British snowboarder, hanging. She struggled with mental health issues.
Kate Spade2018American fashion designer, hanging, suffered from depression and anxiety
Gary Speed2011Welsh footballer and manager, hanging
Mark Speight2008English television presenter, hanging, he was deeply depressed by his fiancée's death.
Shannon Spruill, aka Daffney2021American professional wrestler, gunshot wound to chest, suffered from bipolar disorder and possible chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Andrew Joseph Stack III2010American embedded software consultant, plane crash
Scott Stearney2018United States Navy admiral
Costică Ștefănescu2013Romanian footballer and manager, jumping from the fifth floor of the Military Hospital in Bucharest. , committed suicide due to suffering from cancer
Jean Stein2017American author, jump from a New York City high rise, suffered from depression
Steve Stephens2017American vocational specialist and murder suspect, gunshot after police pursuit
Jon Paul Steuer2018American actor and musician, best known for being the first actor to play Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek, gunshot
Brody Stevens2019American stand-up comedian and actor, hanging, suffered from depression and bipolar disorder
Lyle Stevik2001formerly unidentified man using the alias name taken from a book by Joyce Carol Oates, hanging
Gary Stewart2003American country music singer, gunshot to the neck, committed suicide one month after the death of his wife
Deon Stewardson2017British-South African actor best known for his role in ITV series Wild at Heart
Trevor Strnad2022American musician and vocalist for The Black Dahlia Murder, method undisclosed. Although the cause of death was not explicitly stated, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was included in an official statement regarding his death
Sulli2019South Korean actress, singer, and model, hanging, suffered from panic disorder, severe depression, and social anxiety, was being cyberbullying before her death
Adam Svoboda2019Czech ice hockey goaltender and coach, hanging, possibly due to being fired after driving under the influence
Aaron Swartz2013American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and activist, hanging after facing a maximum penalty of $1 million in fines and 35 years in prison
Sawyer Sweeten2015American child actor, gunshot.
Rebecca Ann Sedwick2013American middle schooler who endured bullying, jumping off of a concrete silo tower. She had also been suffering from depression, anxiety, and self-harm
Anitha Shanmugam2017Indian Tamil student, hanging. She committed suicide after failing to land a medical seat, despite her exceptional grades, due to the National Eligibility and Entrance Test's strict guidelines on grades required to pass.
Jacintha Saldanha2012Indian nurse, hanging. She committed suicide after falling for a prank phone call that was a part of a radio stunt. She had attempted suicide on two previous occasions, and had been taking antidepressants.
Bill Sparkman2009American teacher, asphyxia. Originally reported as a homicide, it was later discovered that Sparkman had committed suicide, and staged the incident. He committed suicide out of fear that his cancer came back, and so that his son could receive life insurance money after his death, which would not have occurred in the instance of a suicide or death by cancer.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Yūko Takeuchi2020Japanese actress, hanging.
Wayne Kent Taylor2021American businessman, he committed suicide to escape his chronic pain related to post-COVID-19 symptoms such as severe tinnitus. +more
Stella Tennant2020British model, struggled with mental health issues
Mike Thalassitis2019English-Cypriot footballer and television personality, hanging
Hunter S. Thompson2005Gonzo journalist, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, gunshot, he had many painful and chronic medical conditions, which included a hip replacement
Terry Thompson2011Zookeeper and owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm, gunshot, was imprisoned, divorced, and was in severe debt prior to his death
Amanda Todd2012Canadian high school student who died of suicide due to school bullying, sextortion, and cyberbullying, hanging.
Ivo-Valentino Tomaš2019Croatian football player
Dudu Topaz2009Israeli TV personality and entertainer, hanging while in prison
Maury Travis2002American serial killer, hanging
Dick Trickle2013American race car driver (NASCAR) gunshot, he had been suffering for some time with severe chronic pain
Sunil Tripathi2013American student and former suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, committed suicide after being the target of an online witch hunt, which falsely accused him of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombing
Verne Troyer2018American actor and comedian, noted for playing the role of 'Mini-Me', alcohol poisoning, suffered from alcoholism
Butch Trucks2017American drummer for the Allman Brothers Band, gunshot, committed suicide after struggling financially for several years
Payal Tadvi2019Indian college student and harassment victim, undisclosed method. She had suffered casteist discrimination from fellow college students. The investigation is still ongoing.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Miyu Uehara2011Japanese model, hanging
Andrew Urdiales2018American serial killer, hanging
Tyrone Unsworth2016Australian bullying victim, undisclosed method. He had suffered homophobic bullying at school, and was afraid to go back to school after his jaw was broken in a fight


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Edwin Valero2010Venezuelan boxer, hanging, after arrest on suspicion of murdering his wife
Armando Vega Gil2019Founding member and bassist of Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez, after sexual assault accusation
Dominique Venner2013French author, gunshot to the head in the Notre-Dame de Paris, committed suicide in protest of same-sex marriage in France, as well as Muslim immigration, was suffering from a chronic illness
Brian Velasco2019Filipino drummer for Razorback, jumped from balcony, suffered from bipolar disorder
Dan Vickerman2017Former Australian Rugby Union player.
Ned Vizzini2013American author of young adult fiction, including the novel, It's Kind of a Funny Story, leapt from a building; had struggled with depression
Bulelani Vukwana2002South African spree killer, gunshot
Sladjana Vidovic2008Croatian-American high school student and bullying victim, hanging. +more She had suffered extensive bullying due to her ethnicity, name, and appearance.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Bradford Thomas Wagner2005American real estate agent, gay pornographic film actor and suspected serial rapist, hanging himself with a bed sheet
David Foster Wallace2008American author; hanging, he had suffered from depression for more than 20 years and stopped his medication on the advice of his doctor, he tried electroconvulsive therapy, and he attempted suicide by taking pills, which led to hospitalization, then he bound his wrists and hanged himself.
Andre Waters2006Former NFL safety, gunshot to the head, was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and had the neurological function of "an 80 year old man with Alzheimer's disease"
Gary Webb2004American investigative reporter, gunshot to the head
Jeff Weise2005American high school student who committed the Red Lake shootings and then committed suicide after years of bullying, gunshot. +more
Bob Welch2012Musician and former member of Fleetwood Mac, a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, he had had spinal surgery three months earlier, but doctors told him he would not get better. He was in serious pain and he did not want his wife to have to care for an invalid.
Dawn-Marie Wesley2000Canadian bullied high school student, hanging
Robin Williams2014American comedian and actor, hanging, he was suffering from severe depression prior to his death and was diagnosed with early stage Lewy body dementia
Jarrid Wilson2019American pastor and author, suffered from depression
Jack Wishna2012President and CEO of CPAmerica, carbon monoxide poisoning
Jiverly Antares Wong2009Naturalized American citizen from Vietnam who perpetrated the Binghamton shooting, gunshot
Tobi Wong2010Canadian designer, and conceptual artist, hanging. He suffered from parasomnia, and allegedly hung himself while sleepwalking
Seung-yeon Woo2009South Korean actress and model, hanging, suffered from depression and fear of the future
Stephen Wooldridge2017Australian cyclist, method not released
Tera Wray2016American pornographic actress, committed suicide possibly due to grief over her husband's death in 2014
Marcin Wrona2015Polish film director, hanging
Kenneth Weishuhn2012American high school student and victim of homophobic bullying, hanging. He had received constant harassment both in person and online, received death threats, and was the subject of a Facebook hate group.
Kevin Whitrick2007British electrical engineer, hanging. He had livestreamed his suicide on the video group chat site PalTalk, and some audience members encouraged him to "just get on with it". He had been struggling with depression and alcoholism after splitting up with his wife, and the loss of his father.


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Yang Yang2019Chinese tenor, jump from the 26th floor of his apartment building, suffered from depression
Yasmine2009Belgian singer, hanging, suffered from severe depression due to her split from her wife
Yoon Ki-won2011South Korean football goalkeeper, charcoal-burning suicide
Atsumi Yoshikubo2014Japanese psychiatrist, intentionally getting lost in the Canadian Taiga
Lee Thompson Young2013American actor known for his roles in films such as Friday Night Lights and The Famous Jett Jackson, and on TV series such as Smallville and Rizzoli & Isles, gunshot, Young had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, for which he had been taking medication, and had been suffering from depression before his death.
Fakhra Younus2012Pakistani dancer, jumped from building in Rome twelve years after being disfigured in an acid attack, after "endur[ing] more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body[,]. +more she finally decided life was no longer worth living. "


NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Bill Zeller2011American computer programmer, developer of myTunes, oxygen deprivation due to hanging led to brain damage, taken off life support, due to depression over being sexually abused as a young child
Joost Zwagerman2015Dutch writer, poet, and essayist

Possible suicides

NameSuicide YearCauses and Explanations
Wade Belak2011Canadian ice hockey player. Belak was found dead in his home in Toronto, and the police investigated his death as a suicide. +more Later, hockey analyst and former player P. J. Stock alleged that Belak's death was not a suicide, but accidental. Although Stock later stepped back from his comments, members of Belak's family also believe his death was accidental.
David Carradine2009American actor and martial artist, found hanging, however, reported evidence suggested that his death was accidental, the result of erotic asphyxiation. Two autopsies were conducted, and concluded that the death was not a suicide.
Jeffrey Epstein2019American financier and sex offender. Found dead in his prison cell, though the circumstances of his death remain unclear.
Riley Gale2020American singer-songwriter of the band Power Trip. Found dead in his home at night of a fentanyl overdose, unclear of accidental or intentional.
Rick Genest2018Performance artist, actor and model, fall from a balcony.
Kizito Mihigo2020Rwandan gospel singer, genocide survivor and peace activist, found hanging. Human rights organisations and Rwandan activists challenged this.
Elliott Smith2003American musician, stab wounds to chest. His death was originally ruled a suicide when his girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, claimed that she was not with Smith when he allegedly stabbed himself. Investigations since have claimed that Smith may have been having an argument with Chiba before his death, and the situation probably escalated to the point where Chiba stabbed Smith twice.
Gary Speed2011Welsh footballer and manager, found hanging. Whilst there was evidence that the pressure of management had put some strain on his marriage, and that he and his wife had argued the night before his death, the official verdict of the coroner was a narrative verdict as he could not be sure the deceased had meant to take his own life.
Steve Stevaert2015Belgian politician. His body was found by divers in the Albert Canal near Hasselt after being reported missing.
Beranton Whisenant2017American federal prosecutor, cause of death unknown. He had been found floating in the water at a Florida beach, with apparent head trauma or gunshot wounds to the head. While an investigation eventually found the cause of death to be suicide, the circumstances remain suspicious.

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