Artists we’ve lost to overdoses and suicide

I was visiting the “The 1951 Club” blog, did a quick search, and found this page on the IMDb website entitled “List of People who died tragically” (which said that Robin Williams was born in 1951).  And since I didn’t know that Brittany Murphy (Girl, Interrupted) had committed suicide, I thought we could all use a reminder of those we have lost to drug overdoses and suicide.

Robin Williams
Died age 63, hung himself using a belt in the closet.

River Phoenix
Died age 23, drug overdose

Jonathan Brandis
Died age 27, suicide by hanging

Heath Ledger
Died age 28, drug overdose

Anna Nicole Smith
Died age 39, drug overdose

Kurt Cobain
Died age 27, suicide by gun shot in the head.

Sylvia Plath
Died age 30, suicide by breathing in carbon monoxide from the kitchen oven.

Natalie Wood
Died age 43, was drunk when she drowned.

Brittany Murphy
Died age 32, was found dead in her shower from drug intoxication.

Anissa Jones
Died age 18, drug overdose.

Judy Garland
Died age 47, drug overdose

Marilyn Monroe
Died age 36, mysteriously died from a drug overdose.

Brad Renfro
Died age 25, heroin overdose.

Amy Winehouse
Died age 27, long battle with drugs and alcohol.

Jimi Hendrix
Died age 27, drug overdose.

Janis Joplin
Died age 27, drug overdose.

Carole Landis
Died age 29, suicide.

Dana Plato
Died age 34, suicide.

Spalding Gray
Died age 62, suffered from depression and committed suicide by jumping off the ferry.

Lupe Velez
Died age 36, found out she was pregnant and thought she couldn’t handle having a baby, she later committed suicide by taking sleeping pills.

John Bonham
Died age 32, died from his own vomit.

Pete Duel
Died age 31, suicide by gunshot.

Hervé Villechaize
Died age 50, suicide by gunshot.

Mary Kay Bergman
Died age 38, popular for playing South Park’s Wendy and Cartman’s mother, Bergman died by shooting herself in the head.

Brian Keith
Died age 75, after knowing that his daughter committed suicide, Keith later committed suicide 10 weeks after.

Ian Curtis
Died age 23, suffering from deep depression, he eventually hanged himself.

Mindy McCready
Died age 37, suicide by gunshot along with her dog who she shot before her death.

Vincent van Gogh
Died age 37, famous painter suffered from depression and killed himself.

Elvis Presley
Died age 42, was discovered on his bathroom floor from drug abuse.

Elizabeth Hartman
Died age 43, killed herself by jumping out from the window of her 5th floor apartment.

Laurie Bird
Died age 25, suicide.

Viveka Babajee
Died age 37, hung herself.

Richard Jeni
Died age 49, shot himself in the face.

Andrew Koenig
Died age 41, hung himself in Stanley Park.

Daniel Pollock
Died age 22, suicide by a running a train.

John Belushi
Died age 33 from drug abuse.

Ernest Hemingway
Died age 61, famous American writer committed suicide by gunshot.

Whitney Houston
Died age 48, was discovered in the bathtub from heart disease and cocaine use.

Lee Thompson Young
Died age 29, suicide.

Cory Monteith
Died age 31, heroin and alcohol overdose.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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2 thoughts on “Artists we’ve lost to overdoses and suicide

  1. I didn’t know about a lot of them. And some so young. I remember finding out about Brad Renfro–that hit hard, as he was my age and I grew up watching him. So talented.

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