Suicide is a preventable cause of death, and yet it affects nearly one million people every year. When someone you know and admire commits suicide, you feel as if your entire value system goes to the wayside. Confusion, grief, and disbelief cloud your mind. When your favorite celebrity or hero dies from their hand, it makes you question yourself. Could you have seen this coming, and maybe missed a hint? For celebrities who have seemingly everything, you would think that there would be absolutely no reason to commit suicide. Glamour, popularity, and riches are easily cast aside with the slight wave of death’s magical wand.
Mental health plays a big role in suicide. Career stress, a terrible childhood, or a traumatic life event are factors that can, if improperly managed, drive a person to suicide. Mental health is the only wound you cannot see. Most famous people are just like you and I, when down and out it is easy to slip down the icy road to suicide, while living lives of quiet desperation. The only way out is to talk about it and get better as soon as possible. Though, most of us will never know what they were truly going through, it can be easy to skim the surface and guesstimate what was actually happening within their minds. Those perfect celebs may have had deep unresolved issues ranging from a damaged self-image, past abuse, regret, or remorse.
Like fingerprints, each suicide case is unique. When faced with adversity, some people allow their circumstances to crush them. A swift slit of the wrist, an overdose of drugs, or a slight hang from the tall ceiling would quickly wash away any problems, leaving behind families and friends to clean up the mess. The truth is, everyone has challenges in their life, and the only people who don’t are buried 6 feet under ground. Look for the warning signs, and be proactive about the prevention of suicide. No person should go through a voluntary loss.
15. Simone Battle
Simone Battle was a California girl from Los Angeles. In the entertainment industry, Battle was a singer and actress who made her television debut back in 2006, in roles for the hit series show Zoey 101 and Everybody Hates Chris. She was very involved in many projects in the entertainment world, which included her role as the main character in the Mary Mary music video called “Get Up.” Also in the music industry, Battle was a dancer in the popular music video “Teach Me How To Dougie” back in 2010. She went on be on the show The X Factor and became a finalist in 2011 after singing “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. Battle later joined the girl group GRL.
14. DJ AM
Originally named Adam Michael Goldstein, DJ AM was an American producer and DJ who started from the bottom and bridged his way to the top. He was involved in multiple projects and had some great connections. He got his start by playing at his friend’s parties for free, initially. He then upgraded to playing for an illegal after-hours club in Los Angeles where he was paid in alcohol and about $40 worth of cash. DJ AM added his creative music talents to the rock band Crazy Town after befriending Shifty Shellshock in 1999. Later on, he became a successful DJ at Caesar’s Palace for three consecutive years. Soon after, the world caught on about his talent and DJ AM began playing for celebrities in private events for celebrities like Jim Carrey, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Stiller, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
DJ AM was also part of a music group called TRV$DJAM with Travis Barker. Funny enough, DJ AM and Travis Barker escaped death from a tragic Learjet crash in 2008 while flying over South Carolina. Four people on board died, while the two musicians walked away.
His career began to skyrocket in 2007 when he was paid between $10,000 and $25,000 for an event as a solo DJ. It is noted that DJ AM played on albums for Papa Roach, Madonna, Will Smith, and Shifty, as well as playing in concerts with Jay-Z.
13. Gia Allemand
Gia was a born model who won the genetic lottery. As an infant, Gia appeared in Johnson and Johnson ads and was a Gerber Baby. Modeling was not her focus until she was 19 years old and entered a swimsuit competition. Fast forwarding in her career, Allemand competed in several big competitions, of which she was highly revered and awarded by her peers.
One milestone moment was finishing 2nd place in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic competition; she also competed in the Miss Red Hot Taj Mahal Super Bowl contest in 2005. In the famous magazine Maxim, she appeared in a bikini as a swimsuit model in 2007. In the year of 2008, she was named Miss Bikini USA’s Model of the Year. She became involved in television the following years and appeared on The Bachelor, On the Wings of Love, Bachelor Pad, and many other reality shows.
12. Harris Wittels
He was best known for his work in the entertainment world. Harris Wittels was an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician. While perfecting his stand up comedy in Los Angeles, he met Sarah Silverman and became the writer for her show, The Sarah Silverman Program. Shortly after the show came to a close in 2010, Wittles became the staff writer and executive story editor for the comedy hit series Parks and Recreation. After the first two seasons, Wittles then became the co-producer during the third season and became the executive producer for the fourth season, according to Wikipedia.com.
Wittles added a lot of his creative talent to the entertainment industry, and unfortunately committed suicide by overdosing on drugs on February 19, 2015. He no longer can touch thousands of lives and produce creative works, though the work he did produce was acclaimed and brought light to many. Strangely enough, he posted his email address on social media shortly before leaving this world.
11. Mindy McCready
American country singer Malinda Gayle McCready died at the age of 37 years old on February 17th, 2013. McCready brought her creative talent to the country music industry and had an enormous amount of traction through some of her first top hit songs. She recorded five studio albums, of which one was her debut Ten Thousand Angels in 1996, which was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA, according to Wikipedia. She earned a lot of credibility in the music industry and later went on to produce “If I Don’t Stay the Night” in 1997, which was certified Gold.
In the early 2000s, McCready began to receive significant media attention about her personal life and her previous suicide attempts. Eventually, McCready took a gun and shot herself, taking not only her precious life, but her creative talents in the music industry as well. Her last tweet draws a sense of personal trouble.
10. Robin Williams
One of America’s most shocking celebrity suicides was the death of Robin Williams. According to Google, it is estimated that Williams was worth $130 million. He starred in multiple hit films, including Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993, Good Will Hunting in 1997, and Aladdin in 1992 as the voice of Genie. Not only did Williams appear happy and healthy, as well as extremely comedic in nature, but internally he was struggling with depression deep down inside.
His last Instagram post was one in reference to how happy he was about celebrating his daughter’s birthday, “#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!”
Shortly after posting the tweet, Williams hanged himself with a belt, ending his entire life, career, and success. He was 63 years old and could have added a lot more to society with his talents in entertainment. The man was an absolute genius. Surprisingly, some of the least suspecting people commit suicide. The entire country was shocked.
9. Amy Winehouse
This young woman lived to be 27 years old and was a brilliant English singer and songwriter. She had a beautiful jazzy-brassy voice, and a deep soul voice which resonated at each concert she sang at. Amy Winehouse was famously known for her rhythm and blues music that captivated audiences, especially her soul music. The famous singer took her life when she had one too many drinks, and passed away from alcohol intoxication. If she hadn’t have taken her life, she would have gone on to produce many more songs that would have been revolutionary in the deep blues and jazz genre. Behind closed doors, her addiction was monstrous but highly publicized when the media caught the attention of her multiple trips to rehab. She struggled with addiction for a long part of her life. Her last tweet on social media was a boost to promote her latest work, which she never had the honor of reaping the benefits.
8. Cory Monteith
Canadian actor and musician Cory Monteith was an aspiring young man who cut his life short due to a severe addiction problem. He was part of the hit television series Glee, and played the role of Finn Hudson. Behind the scenes, the Glee cast knew that Cory was battling a heroin addiction, according to the Daily Mail. Fans, unbeknownst to the severity of his addiction, were shocked when the news surfaced on the media about his death.
At the age of 31, Cory mixed heroin and alcohol together, along with other substances that lead to his untimely death. Cory had spent months in a rehab center, all to no avail.
7. Lee Thompson Young
This aspiring actor never got to the top of his field because his life was dramatically cut short by his own hands. He initially got his start in acting from his first hit series on Disney called Jet Jackson. He had so much potential as a young actor and had a growing following of fans who loved him.
On the day of his death, professionals who worked with Young suspected that something was wrong the day that the actor failed to arrive at the filming of the show Rizzoli and Isles on August 19, 2013. Lee Thompson’s film crew grew concerned as they waited and he failed to show up. The crew called the police to do a “wellness check up” at his home. When the police arrived at his Los Angeles apartment, they found him dead and wounded.
Upon investigation, the police discovered that Lee Thompson killed himself with a gun. He had inflicted a gunshot wound upon himself. He did not have any famous last words on social media, but the chilling factor is how alive and well his fan page continues to be.
6. Frederick “Freddy E.” Buhl
At the young age of 22, the Seattle-based rapper died by suicide when he shot himself in 2013. Leading up to his death, he tweeted about those whom he loved. According to The Boombox, in one particular tweet he had asked for God to forgive him, and that he was sorry for taking progressive steps to take his own life: “If there’s a God then He’s calling me back home. This barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It’s cold & I’d rather die than living alone,” he tweeted. “It’s… all… bad… y’all.”
It was such a young age for the rapper to die, especially when his career was truly beginning to blossom, as his YouTube followers started to pick up on his catchy beats. There were many music projects he could have worked on alongside with his friends in the rap music industry. Now, there will be so many songs that were never sung because Freddy E. decided to take his own life. His famous last words simply read: “I’m sorry.”
5. Lex McAllister
31-year-old beautiful blondie Lex McAllister was a business development expert, franchise consultant, and entrepreneur who loved her family and dog, Teddy. She was best known for her participation on the hit television series The Bachelor during the 14th season back in 2010.
On February 16, 2016, McAllister took her life in Columbus, OH. After overdosing on pills, police responded to a 911 phone call to find her at home in her apartment. Soon after the police discovered her, McAllister was taken to the hospital, where her health deteriorated in a matter of moments. She was then placed on life support for a brief period. Her family debated about keeping her on life support, but then ultimately decided to pull the cord. There could have been so much she would have gone on to do, and add to society, but she cut her life too, and short too soon.
4. Capital Steez
At the age of 19, the rapper Capital Steez, named Courtney Jamal Dewar, Jr., committed suicide on the cold winter day of December 24th, 2012. There was so much music Steeze could have contributed to the music industry, and yet it all was cut short with a decision to end his own life.
In his early career, Captial Steeze help found the Pro Era Collective (Progressive Era), which is an American hip-hop group in Brooklyn, NY. Members of the Pro Era Collective include co-founders Powers Pleasant and frontman Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Dirty Sanchez, Dyemond Lewis and Kirk Knight to name a few.
Earlier in the year of 2012, the Pro Era Collective released a song with Capital Steeze called, “Survival Tactics.” A week before he passed away, Pro Era released a new mixtape called PEEP: The aPROcalypse, which featured Steez on songs such as “Like Water.” His last tweet was truly chilling.
3. A$AP Yams
A$AP Yams, or named Jesus Steven Manuel Rodriguez Paulino, was an influential and powerful visionary in the hip-hop realm from Harlem. Yams and fellow New Yorkers A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz were founders for A$AP Mob, the hip hop collective. The collective would later include A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and A$AP Twelvyy.
Throughout his career as a music executive, Yams would executively produce many of A$AP Mob’s and their members’ albums, which helped him earn respect in the rap game.
In September 2014, Yams appeared in the Noisey documentary A$AP Rocky: SVDDXLNY alongside A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and A$AP Twelvyy.
Yams’ death on the 18th of January 2015 shocked the hip hop community. He was found at the age of 26, dead, due to overdosing on drugs he mixed together. Yams’ last tweet, “Bodeine brazy,” referred to codeine, one of the drugs he overdosed on.
2. Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa Robin Kelly was a beautiful woman who let drugs and doubt kill her dreams and take her life. Kelly’s first debut was in 1992 when she appeared on the television show Married… with Children. In 1997 she appeared in episodes of Silk Stalkings and also on Charmed in 1999.
Most recently, her best work was probably as her role as Laurie Forman, the older sister of Eric Forman, on the hit television series That 70’s Show. She cut her life short at the age of 43 years old from multiple drug intoxication, perhaps not accidental, in Altadena, CA on August 15th, 2013. The media captured her unraveling as her drug and alcohol addiction began to surface in the years leading up to her death.
1. Christine Chubbuck
Another young and ambitious woman in the media took her life, though it was directly in front of the public eye. This young and aspiring television reporter died at the age of 29 years old and was historically the first person to commit suicide on live TV. She worked as a reporter for WTOG and WXLT-TV in Florida, and during the time of her death she was reporting for Channel 40 News.
On the morning of July 15, 1974, Christine Chubbuck arrived at work with a .38 Smith and Wesson in tow. She acted as though this day was just another day, and walked among her co-workers unnoticed and unfazed by her current decision.
Social media was not present in the 1970s, but during her last famous words on live television, Christine Chubbuck scarred millions of television viewers as she took her life. Her last spoken words were chilling AF and also psychotic: “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first – an attempted suicide.”
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