( ENSPIRE AWARENESS ) Suicide Prevention Week: 10 famous people who tragically took their lives too soon
As most celebrities are remembered for their fame and talent in life — some tragically left just as much an impact by ending their lives too soon. Their fate was similar to the roughly 41,149 Americans who committed suicide in 2013 — making it the 10th leading cause of death in the country, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
To spread awareness for those suffering depression, suicide prevention week is observed this year from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12.
To honor the cause, here’s a look at ten famous suicides through the years:
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain made it clear through his music and several interviews that he was battling internal demons.
The 27-year-old musician, who is often credited with sparking the grunge movement of the early 1990s, shot himself in his Washington state home on April 5, 1994.
He previously tried to committing suicide in his Seattle home a few months prior in March of the same year. Cobain left behind his wife, Courtney Love and a young daughter, Frances Bean, who was just one when her dad took his own life.
The suicide of comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was a shocking loss to all those who found joy in his films and standup routines.
Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2014, after hanging himself on his bedroom doorknob. He suffered from manic depression throughout his life, which stemmed from bipolar disorder.
Williams was known for his roles in the films, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Hook,” “Jumanji,” “Aladdin,” “The Bird Cage,” “Flubber,” “Jack,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and countless others, as well as a standup comedy career.
HUNTER S. THOMPSON
The founder of “gonzo journalism” journalist and author, Hunter S. Thompson took his own life with a handgun on Feb. 20, 2005 after suffering from health issues.
He was known for the books “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “The Rum Diary” both adapted into movies starring Johnny Depp.
Some of his other works include: “Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs” and “Fear and Loathing in America.” Thompson’s ashes were shot out of a cannon amid fireworks, as per his request, in August of 2005. Celebrities Johnny Depp and Bill Murray were in attendance, as well as a few rock bands.
Fashion designer and stylist Laura “Luann” Bambrough, known professionally as L’Wren Scott, hanged herself on March 17, 2014. Scott began her career as model and moved to America to serve as a stylist to the stars.
She was most recently dating Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger. After bouts with depression, the 49-year-old was found dead in her Chelsea, Manhattan, apartment by her assistant.
British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, hanged himself on the eve of his mother’s funeral in February 2010. McQueen, 40, was found dead in his London apartment.
Just following his mother’s death, he wrote on Twitter: “Been a f—— awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together.”
McQueen was named “British Designer of the Year” four times and his clients ranged from music icon Lady Gaga to First Lady Michelle Obama. He committed suicide during New York fashion week.
The “Soul Train” creator was found dead in his Los Angeles home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 1, 2012. Donald “Don” Cortez Cornelius, was best known for his time hosting the long running musical variety show, which highlighted performances from primarily R&B, soul and hip-hop artists.
Cornelius was suffering from frequent seizures over a six month period prior to his suicide. A coroner’s report stated that Cornelius told his son over the phone that he didn’t know how much longer he could hang on.
Cornelius’ son entered the Sherman Oaks home following the phone call and discovered his father in a chair with a pistol in his right hand.
NFL star Junior Seau took his own life by shooting himself in the chest on May 2, 2012. The suicide raised questions about the effects of concussions and it was later discovered that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease caused by multiple hits to the head.
Seau was considered one of the greatest linebackers in the NFL, playing for the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. He was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and was All-Pro 10 times.ERNEST HEMINGWAY
The famous author Ernest Hemingway was known for his great literary works, such as “The Sun Also Rises,” “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
Hemingway committed suicide by shooting himself in the forehead in the foyer of his Idaho home in July 1961. He took home a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 — both for his novel, “The Old Man and the Sea.”
DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
The author David Foster Wallace committed suicide in his home on Sept. 21, 2008. His 1996 novel, “Infinite Jest” was one of his best known tomes and Time Magazine named it one of the “100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.” He was 46 when he died.
In June of 2015, a biopic on Wallace “End of the Tour” was released in theatres. The troubled author is portrayed by actor Jason Segel in the film.
Former “Bachelor” star Gia Allemand committed suicide by hanging herself from a vacuum cleaner cord in her New Orleans apartment in August 2015. The Queens-native, a former Maxim model, was still breathing when her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, discovered her near the stairwell of their home.
He rushed the 29-year-old to the hospital, but due to severe loss of brain and organ function, Allemand’s family made the decision to remove her from life support. For years leading up to her suicide, Allemand suffered from premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which led to extreme emotional swings and symptoms of depression.
World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on Thursday, Sept. 10.
For those suffering from depression, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at (800) 273-TALK (8255)