Suicide is a tragedy which affects everyone who was close to the individual. In 2010, more than 38,000 people took their own lives in the United States alone. Many had suffered from depression.
There is no one reason why a person would make the decision to end their own life. Those who are in the public eye could have many private issues that not many will be aware of. It is always difficult to hear about stars who have thought about ending it all. Those who have survived through serious mental illness often give hope to others that are also going through a very difficult time.
Anyone who is feeling in a low place should seek help immediately. These stars would not be alive today if it wasn’t for their friends and family helping them through the worst days of their lives. All of whom, for their talents and charisma combined, would have been incredibly missed.
10. Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson is one of the most loved comedy actors in the world with hits like Zoolander and Wedding Crashers winning over fans. During shooting for Tropic Thunder, Wilson was dating actress Kate Hudson and the pair were engaged to be married. Suddenly, the couple broke up and at the time, Wilson was being treated for depression. It was widely believed that he had seen the paparazzi photographs of his ex-girlfriend in the arms of another comedian, Dax Shepherd, and cracked under the pressure.
He was admitted to hospital when his older brother, Andrew, found him unconscious on the bathroom floor after he had slit his own wrists. Wilson has since never commented on the incident, only releasing a statement from his hospital bed to the press, stating, “I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time”.
9. Jack Osbourne
Jack Osbourne grew up in front of cameras after he was featured on the reality television series The Osbournes as a teenager. He struggled with the instant overnight fame and told MTV news about the bad press he was taking on board. He said, “I’d read things, like people criticising me. ‘You’re the least favorite Osbourne. Can we vote you out of the house?’ And I would be like, ‘F**k that,’ you know? But no one likes to read stuff about that, and I know you should probably never read s**t like that”.
He tried to take his life when he called his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend answered the phone. Aged just 16-years-old, he overdosed on a cocktail of drugs and cut open his own hands. He checked into an adolescent rehab which helped him change his life around. He is now happily married with two young daughters, Pearl and Andy.
8. Ozzy Osbourne
Jack Osbourne’s father Ozzy Osbourne also had a tough time growing up as a teenager. He suffered from dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and other learning disabilities. The Black Sabbath frontman was born in Birmingham, England and constantly found himself in trouble with the law for various burglaries. He attempted suicide several times throughout his youth, even when he was as young as 14-years-old.
Since he discovered heavy metal to calm down his manic ways, all of his albums have gone platinum and he has sold more than 45 million records worldwide. He has six children, three from his previous marriage to Thelma Osbourne and three with his wife of 33 years Sharon Osbourne.
7. Halle Berry
Halle Berry is strong, confident and fiercely independent. This wasn’t always the case, though. When she divorced from her husband of five years, baseball player David Justice, in 1997, she tried to take her own life by trailing a pipe from her exhaust through her car window. It wasn’t until she thought of her own mother discovering her dead body that she changed her mind.
Berry spoke to the Daily Mail newspaper and called out her decision as “cowardly”. Since the divorce, she became re-married to Eric Benét in 2001 but again it was a short marriage and they separated after a turbulent four years together. She is currently married to model Olivier Martinez; however, if tabloid rumors are to be believed, they are seeking a divorce, too. It seems that the 48-year-old actress is always unlucky in love but this time around she is not willing to do anything drastic.
6. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore is one of the most adored women on the planet but her rise from child star to adult actress was not an easy one. Her first big role was playing Gertie in E.T which was directed by her godfather, Steven Spielberg. During her teenage years, she became very troubled; turning to alcohol and drugs almost ended her life.
The Charlie’s Angels actress remembers her childhood as a painful one. She told the Daily Mail newspaper, “I grew up in a family that was multifaceted, sexually oriented, and pretty much open to everything. And because I was working, my friends were all adults. I had a tough time going to different schools because people knew me from films and I was the fat child who got beaten up every day.” After her first suicide attempt at the age of 15-years-old, she sought legal emancipation from her parents and her petition was granted.
5. Elton John
It does go without saying that Elton John is a great performer with 31 studio albums under his belt. Born in 1947, Elton had a tough start in life after he became confused and distracted by his own sexuality. In the late 1960s, he was engaged to a secretary named Linda Woodrow but the stress was too much for him and he attempted suicide by placing his head inside a gas stove. He was found by his long-term friend and songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, who managed to revive him.
In 1984, he married recording engineer Renate Blauel but even then the press claimed that the marriage was a cover up for his sexuality. It wasn’t until an interview in the late 1970s that he came out to Rolling Stone magazine as bisexual. Then in 2005, he married advertising executive David Furnish and together the pair have been proud advocates of gay rights and same-sex marriage. The couple has two young sons together, Zachary and Elijah.
Since 1997, Marshall Bruce Mathers III has been known internationally as rapper Eminem. He has sold 37.5 million albums and claims one of the strongest fan followings in the world. That’s not to say that his life has been an easy one, as often the most aggressive and personal songs on his albums have been about his turbulent private life.
Before he was due to release his single, The Real Slim Shady, his girlfriend, Kim, left him and began blocking his contact with his daughter, Hailie. He attempted to take his own life after overdosing on Tylenol. Fortunately the dosage was only near lethal or that would have been the end of his legacy before it had even begun.
3. Artie Lange
Artie Lange is best known as Howard Stern’s sidekick on The Howard Stern Show. The comedian, who had a number one bestseller with his book Too Fat To Fish, hit rock bottom in 2010 after becoming addicted to prostitutes, heroin and gambling. He then decided to take his own life in a very gruesome way.
At his Hoboken, New Jersey apartment, Lange downed a bottle of bleach, stabbed himself in the stomach nine times and then slit his own wrists. He recalls the night and how his family saved him in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine: “I had the knife and made it to the bedroom with a trail of blood behind me. I had lost enough blood where I finally did pass out. My mom, my sister, Colin Quinn and a bunch of people were coming over for an intervention-type thing. Thank God I got found by them. They saved my life”.
2. Britney Spears
Britney Spears shot to fame at just 16-years-old with her hit debut single Baby One More Time. Ten years later, she was in the worst place of her life after having to go through a long custody battle in court so she could see her two sons. In 2008, she was rushed to the hospital after her friend had found a suicide note in the bathroom reading: “Perhaps it would be better if I were dead”.
Spears was escorted to a Los Angeles hospital by an ambulance and placed under “mental evaluation”. Her friend and music manager Sam Lufti told People magazine about the night she was admitted into psychiatric care. He said, “She went willingly. It was like something in her heart was telling her she should go. She knew something was wrong”. Now almost seven years on. Britney is performing regular shows in Las Vegas to thousands of fans and is often photographed on family fun days out with her sons.
1. Katy Perry
The saddest thought is a world without Katy Perry, but after her divorce from Russell Brand in 2012, she almost thought about leaving it all behind. In a heartbreaking interview with Billboard magazine in 2013, the Wide Awake singer said that she asked herself: “Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?”
The divorce was painful for Perry, who believed she had met the love of her life and that Brand would be the one she grew old with. In her song “By The Grace of God”, she talks about her battle with depression and how her sister saved her from ending it all. The lyrics read: “Lay on the bathroom floor. Couldn’t take it anymore. By the grace of God. I looked in the mirror and decided to stay. Wasn’t gonna let love take me out. I thank my sister for keeping my head above the water. Every morning, I finally see myself again”.