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Actors and Celebrities Who Committed Suicide

1. Mya-Lecia Naylor

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Mya-Lecia Naylor was born on November 6, 2002 in Warwickshire, England. She was an actress, known for Cloud Atlas (2012), Code Red (2013) and Cartoonito Tales (2011). She died on April 7, 2019 in London, England.

Died April 7, 2019, age 16, by hanging herself

Was a British child actress best known for her roles on the TV shows "Millie Inbetween" and "Almost Never"

The coroner ruled her hanging as "death by misadventure"

Her father said he believed it was a "spur of the moment act" and that she was "just making some sort of point." He acknowledged that she had been feeling very stressed and not acting her normal self in the days prior to her death

2. Anthony Bourdain

Producer | Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City, to Gladys (Sacksman), an NYT staff editor, and Pierre Bourdain, a Columbia Records executive. He attended The Englewood School for Boys in New Jersey and Vassar College (for two years), and was a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. He began his ...

Died June 8, 2018, age 61, by hanging himself

Was a celebrity chef, travel show host, and New York Times bestselling author. Won 8 Emmy awards, a Peabody award, and a Webby (for best blog)

He battled drug addiction in the past, and had openly discussed his struggles with depression

His mother said, "He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this. He had everything."

3. Stanley Adams

Actor | Star Trek

Stocky character actor Stanley Adams had a relatively minor career in motion pictures, with the possible exception of his baby-faced millionaire Rusty Trawler of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) fame. Otherwise, he played innumerable minor ethnic villains, bartenders and avuncular, fast-talking ...

Died April 27, 1977, age 62, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Was a character actor who appeared in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" as well as several other movies and TV shows. Was also a screenwriter for several TV shows

Was reportedly depressed due to chronic pain from a back injury

4. Stephanie Adams

Self | Secret Lives of Women

Stephanie Adams was born on July 24, 1970 in Orange, New Jersey, USA. She was married to Charles V. Nicholai. She died on May 18, 2018 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

Died May 18, 2018, age 47, by jumping out of a 25th floor hotel window after first throwing her 7-year old son out of the window in a murder-suicide

What a former Playboy centerfold model; was a self-made millionaire before age 30

She had recently undergone a contentious divorce and was in an ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband over their son

5. Clay eagle

Actor | Make It or Break It

Clay Adler was born on August 20, 1989 in Newport Beach, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Make It or Break It (2009) and Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County (2007). He died on March 26, 2017 in Orange County, California.

Died March 26, 2017, age 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

Best known for starring on the MTV reality show "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County"

6. Chantal Akerman

Director | Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Brussels

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Je Tu Il Elle (1974) and No Home Movie (2015). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5 ...

Died October 5, 2015, age 65; method not disclosed

Was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, and artist who was a pioneer in feminist filmmaking

She had a history of bipolar disorder. She had been hospitalized for depression and released 10 days before her death

She wrote in her 2013 memoir, "I've often wanted to kill myself. But I told myself I could not do that to my mother. Afterwards, when she's not there anymore." She committed suicide a year after her mother died

7. Ross Alexander

Actor | Captain Blood

The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...

Died January 2, 1937, age 29, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

Was a matinee idol who starred in several movies in the 1930's. His career was derailed when the studio discovered he was a closeted homosexual and had been involved in a sex scandal

He was reportedly despondent over his 3 failed marriages and the decline of his career

8. Mike Alfonso

Actor | ECW Hardcore TV

Mike Alfonso was born on January 24, 1965 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Michael Lee Alfonso. He was an actor, known for Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993), WCW Thunder (1998) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He was married to Delisa Bowers. He died on February 17, 2007 in Tampa.

Died February 17, 2007, age 42, by hanging himself

Was a professional wrestler who fought under the names Mike Awesome and The Gladiator

He was reportedly distraught after his wife told him she wanted a divorce

9. Gia Allemand

Actress | Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report

Gia Allemand was born on December 20, 1983 in Howard Beach, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Gia Marie Allemand. She was an actress, known for Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report (2011), Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown (2013) and The Bachelor (2002). She died on August 14, 2013 ...

Died August 14, 2013, age 29, by hanging herself with a vacuum cleaner cord tied to a spiral staircase

Was a contestant on "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad"

She had reportedly argued with her boyfriend over his alleged cheating, and according to the police report he had told her he no longer loved her. She was found unresponsive later that day after hanging herself, and rushed to the hospital. She died two days later after life support was removed

10. Keith Andes

Actor | Torah! Torah! Torah!

1950s and 60s second lead actor Keith Andes fits into the tall, handsome, strapping and highly virile mold that encompassed the likes of George Nader, Guy Madison, and Jeffrey Hunter. Although he may not be as well remembered as the aforementioned, he managed to maintain a reliable career on radio ...

Died November 11, 2005, age 85, by hanging himself

Was a versatile actor best known for starring in the TV shows, "This Man Dawson," "Glynis," and "Paradise Bay"

Was terminally ill with bladder cancer at the time of his death

11. Pedro Armendáriz

Actor | From Russia with Love

Born in Mexican revolution times, Pedro Armendáriz was the first child of Mexican Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde and American Adele Hastings. He was raised in Churubusco, then a suburb of Mexico City, before the family traveled to Laredo, Texas. They lived there until 1921, the year Armendáriz '...

Died June 18, 1963, age 51, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest

What a Mexican-American actor best known for his roles in the films "Maria Candelaria,", "3 Godfathers," and "From Russia With Love"

His son, Pedro Armendariz, Jr. was also an actor

He had terminal neck cancer and killed himself in the hospital

12. Todd Armstrong

Actor | Jason and the Argonauts

Todd Armstrong was born on July 25, 1937 in Missouri, USA as John Harris Armstrong. He was an actor, known for Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Icebound in the Antarctic (1983) and Iron Horse (1966). He died on November 17, 1992 in Butte, California, USA.

Died November 17, 1992, age 55, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Was an actor best known for starring as Jason in the movie "Jason and the Argonauts," but his voice was dubbed by another actor

He suffered from depression and was addicted to painkillers

13. Avicii

Soundtrack | How to be single

Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, was a Swedish DJ and producer who worked on live concerts. In 2011, his single `` Levels '' was on the 100 billboard chart. He was also known for `` Hey Brother ''. He sometimes appeared on Radio 1's Pete Tong show. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and died in ...

Died April 20, 2018, age 28, of exsanguination; he cut himself with a broken wine bottle and bled to death

Was a Swedish DJ, remixer, and electronic musician

He toured extensively for years while battling health problems including acute pancreatitis, chronic pain, gallbladder surgery, and a ruptured appendix. He grew to hate touring and retired from it in 2016 despite tremendous pressure to continue

He died without a will. He was not married and had no children, so his entire $ 50 million estate went to his parents

14. Pratyusha Banerjee

Actress | Balika Vadhu

Pratyusha Banerjee was born on August 10, 1991 in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India. She was an actress, known for Child Bride (2008), Rakt Sambandh (2010) and Comedy Classes (2014). She died on April 1, 2016 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Died April 1, 2016, age 24, by hanging herself from a ceiling fan

Was an Indian actress who had also appeared in several reality shows

She reportedly was depressed over her financial problems and her boyfriend's alleged infidelity and physical abuse. Her boyfriend, actor / producer Rahul Raj Singh, was charged with abetting her suicide. However, the case never went to trial

15. Don 'Red' Barry

Actor | Jesse James' Women

Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this ...

Died July 17, 1980, age 68, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following a domestic dispute with his estranged wife

What best known for starring in the "Red Ryder" movie serials

16. Simone Battle

Actress | Zoey 101

Simone Battle was born on June 17, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Simone Sherise Battle. She was an actress, known for Zoey 101 (2005), What We Need (2014) and Meanamorphosis (2012). She died on September 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Died September 5, 2014, age 25, by hanging herself

Was a contestant on "The X Factor" and a member of the girl group G.R.L.

She had reportedly been depressed over financial problems and G.R.L's lack of success

17. Malik Bendjelloul

Director | Searching for Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul, born in Sweden, performed in the Swedish TV series "Ebba och Didrik" as a child in the nineties and later in life studied Journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar. He has produced several musical documentaries for Swedish Television (SVT) where he also ...

Died May 13, 2014, age 36, by jumping in front of a subway train

Was a Swedish documentary filmmaker, journalist, and former child actor best known for the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man." It won an Academy Award and a BAFTA in 2013

His brother said Malik had been increasingly lonely and isolated in the months prior to his death, and told friends he feared he was losing his creativity. He killed himself only a year after his Oscar win

A close friend and colleague said after his death, "If I think of every person I've met in my whole life, he was the least likely to take his life - the least. He was the happiest person I knew."

18. Ari Behn

Actor | Håp i ei Gryte

Ari Behn was born on September 30, 1972 in Århus, Denmark as Ari Mikael Bjørshol. He was an actor, known for Håp i ei Gryte (2013), Бесшабашный отряд (2006) and Team Antonsen (2004). He was married ...

Died December 25, 2019, age 47, method not disclosed

Was married to Princess Martha Louise of Norway for 15 years; they divorced in 2017. He was an author, playwright, and visual artist best known for the short story collection "Sad As Hell"

He had a history of alcoholism and depression

19. Brenda Benet

Actress | Walking Tall

Brenda Benet, born Brenda Ann Nelson in Los Angeles, California, on August 14, 1945, was a classic example of the modern-day Hollywood tragedy. As a television actress with good dramatic scope, she managed to piece together a wide and impressive portfolio of guest shots in a career spanning just ...

Died April 7, 1982, age 36, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

What an actress best known for the soap opera "Days of Our Lives"

She was severely depressed over her divorce from actor Bill Bixby and devastated by the death of their six-year-old son the previous year

20. Chester Bennington

Soundtrack | Transformers

Chester Charles Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Susan Elaine (Johnson), a nurse, and Lee Russell Bennington, a police detective. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old. He has two half sisters and a half brother. He attended Centennial High School at the beginning of his freshman ...

Died July 20, 2017, age 41, by hanging himself

Was lead singer of Linkin Park, who have sold over 132 million records worldwide

Was also lead singer of the groups Stone Temple Pilots and Sunrise

He had openly discussed his struggles with drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and depression. He had attempted suicide in the past

Was a close friend of singer Chris Cornell, who had committed suicide 2 months earlier. He committed suicide on Chris's birthday

21. Chris Benoit

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Christopher Michael Benoit is a Canadian wrestler who was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Michael and Margaret Benoit. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, from where he was billed throughout the bulk of his career. He had a sister living near Edmonton.

During his 22-year career, Benoit worked for ...

Died June 25, 2007, age 40, by hanging himself on an exercise machine after strangling his wife and smothering his 7-year old son to death

His autopsy revealed he had brain damage (CTE) from repeated concussions as a pro wrestler, which may have contributed to his actions. There was also speculation that Benoit had "roid rage;" However, no anabolic steroids were found in his system. He did, however, have extremely elevated levels of testosterone

There were rumors that Benoit and his wife were having marital problems and she was planning to leave him, but these rumors were not confirmed. He was also deeply depressed over the death of his close friend wrestler Eddie Guerrero, who had died two years earlier

Ultimately, no one knows what combination of factors caused Benoit to commit double murder-suicide

22. Mary Kay Bergman

Actress | South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Mary Kay Bergman did not have a face known to many - her voice was recognized more than anything else in the world. Although she was a big voiceover star in the 1990s, her true claim to fame was Trey Parker and Matt Stone's critically acclaimed adult animated television series, South Park (1997), ...

Died November 11, 1999, age 38, by shooting herself with a 12-gauge shotgun

She was a voice actress best known for doing most of the female voices on the animated TV show "South Park"

She had a history of generalized anxiety disorder and reportedly was worried that she was losing her talent

23. David Berman

Soundtrack | Tail lights fade

David Berman was born on January 4, 1967 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA as David Craig Berman. He was married to Cassie Berman. He died on August 7, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.

Died August 7, 2019, age 52, by hanging himself

Was an American singer, poet, and musician best known for singing with the indie rock band Silver Jews

He had a history of drug abuse and had overdosed twice. He had also attempted suicide at least once before

24. Paul Bhattacharjee

Actor | Casino Royale

Paul Bhattacharjee was born on May 4, 1960 in Harrow, Middlesex, England as Gautam Paul Bhattacharjee. He was an actor, known for Casino Royale (2006), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002). He died on July 12, 2013 in Splash Point Cliffs, Seaford, East Sussex, ...

Died July 12, 2013, age 53, by jumping off a cliff

What a British actor best known for roles on the TV shows "EastEnders" and "The Jury" and the movie "Casino Royale"

He disappeared a day after the court declared him bankrupt. His body was found 2 days later

His partner Emma McKie said, "The bankruptcy was the final straw after a life of major highs and lows ... He had a darkness inside him that was irreparable."

25. Steve Bing

Producer | Get Carter

Steve Bing was born on March 31, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Stephen Leo Bing. He was a producer and writer, known for Get Carter (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003) and Every Breath (1994). He died on June 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died June 22, 2020, age 55, by jumping from the balcony of his 27th floor apartment

Became a Hollywood producer and real estate developer after receiving a $ 600 million inheritance at age 18

He never married, but had a son with actress / model Elizabeth Hurley and a daughter with former professional tennis player Lisa Bonder

Had a history of depression and drug abuse; friends said he told them he was bipolar

26. Clara Blandick

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Clara Blandick was an American actress born as Clara Dickey and born aboard an American ship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known about her early life until she became an actress. She grew up in Boston and first acted on stage in E.H. Sothern's 'Richard Lovelace'. Although ...