It is one area of life we all dread of. The day we all have to say goodbye to mother earth. The day we just have to leave the world for the other side whether we choose to like it or not. But another interesting angle to this inevitable end is people who just didn’t die due to illness, accident or by someone one else but by died at their own hands.
Suicide has been on the rise since the 21st century. Many reasons have been sought for the rise in suicide. However, one group of people that we are shocked to hear get associated with this anomaly are those highly regarded in the society and most cases role models. These are movie actors. These celebrities are loved by movie viewers and their numerous fans across the world.
One undeniable fact remains that when these celebrities take their own life, it results in huge media interest around the world, but it can also be triggering for some people who are at risk of suicide themselves. A simple case of Fashion designer Kate Spade who was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday after an apparent suicide. The Emmy-winning host of CNN’s show, “Parts Unknown,” died at 61, from an apparent suicide.
This week Dambela presents Top 10 Actors whose confirmed suicides shocked the world and their fans.
10. Jon Paul Steuer (March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018)
American actor and musician, As the 90s Child star actor he was best known for being the first actor to play Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek. He was also well known for playing Johnny “Viper” Vennaro in the 1994 children’s comedy film Little Giants. His suicide was by gunshot.
9. Joseph Brooks (March 11, 1938 – May 22, 2011)
An American screenwriter, director, producer, and composer best known for the song “You Light Up My Life” . Some of his films include If Ever I See You Again (1978), The Lords of Flatbush (1974).
In his later years he became the subject of an investigation after being accused of a series of rapes. He was indicted in 2009, but killed himself on May 22, 2011, before his trial took place. Police officials would not discuss the contents of the suicide note. The day after his’ death, the medical examiner ruled that Brooks had killed himself, citing asphyxia, as he was facing sexual assault charges.
8. Jonathan Brandis (April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003)
American actor, who at the age of two, he began his career as a child model for Buster Brown shoes. At the age of four, he began acting in television commercials. He was found hanging in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment. He was said to be depressed about his career, which had slowly declined in recent years and he was drinking heavily. He was 27 years old at the time he took his life.
7. Richard Jeni (April 14, 1957 – March 10, 2007)
American standup comedian and actor who had a history of schizophrenia and had been taking antidepressants and a sleeping aid, a week earlier, he was overheard saying “just squeeze the trigger.” In 2004, Jeni was ranked #57 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. His death was mentioned on The Tonight Show by Jay Leno, with accompanying footage of Jeni’s last appearance on the show. On March 10, 2007, he was found by his girlfriend Amy Murphy, a weather anchor and reporter for KTTV in Los Angeles, with a .38-caliber Colt Detective Special between his feet and an apparent self-inflicted handgun wound to the head.
6. Margot Kidder (October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018)
Canadian-American actress, who is best loved and famous for her role as Lois Lane in Superman feature films. As an actress, director, and activist, her career spanned five decades. In 1977, she was cast as Lois Lane in Richard Donner’s Superman (1978), a role that brought her to international limelight. Her performance as Kathy Lutz in the blockbuster horror film The Amityville Horror (1979) further gained her more international recognition. She would go on to reprise her role as Lois Lane in Superman II, III, and IV (1980–1987). In May 13, 2018, She was found to have died of drug and alcohol overdose even though her agent stated that “she passed away peacefully in her sleep”.
5. Jason Raize (July 20, 1975 – February 3, 2004)
An American actor, singer and a former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. He was best known for his roles as the adult Simba in the Broadway stage musical version of The Lion King and the voice of Denahi in the animated Disney film Brother Bear. He was found dead in a shed on the farm property hanging on February 7, 2004.
4. Nick Santino (January 24, 1965 – January 25, 2012)
American soap opera actor who best known for his roles on soap operas. He featured in six episodes of Guiding Light and seven episodes of All My Children.
He died of suicide overdosed on pills, after having his dog euthanized. His suicide note showed that he felt he had betrayed his dog Rocco, whom he had originally rescued from an animal shelter.
Before we mention the last Three on our list. Lets take other celebrities suicide which are Mark Salling an American actor, who was facing prison time for child pornography was found hanging in 2018, Charles Rocket, American actor, cut throat in 2005. Keith Andes an American actor died of asphyxiation in 2005, Tommy Page an American singer-songwriter was found hanging in 2017. Brad Bufanda American actor, jumped from a building in 2017. Verne Troyer, American actor and comedian, best known for for playing the role of ‘Mini-me’, died of alcohol poisoning in 2018.
3. Lee Thompson Young (February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013)
American actor known for his roles in films such as Friday Night Lights and The Famous Jett Jackson, and on TV series such as Smallville and Rizzoli & Isles, He also starred in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). His last starring role was as Boston police detective Barry Frost on the TNT police drama series Rizzoli & Isles (2010–14).
Young had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, for which he had been taking medication, and had been suffering from depression before his death. The Police confirmed the cause of his death as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
2. Tony Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012)
English film director, who was best known for his movies such as Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), and Unstoppable (2010). He was the brother of renowned film director Ridley Scott.
The Top Gun And Days Of Thunder Director Tony Scott was found Dead after Jumping off Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles.
1. Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)
Perhaps one movie star suicide that shocked the world was that of American comedian and actor, Robin Williams often regarded as one of the best comedians of all time.
He is best known for his commercially successful films including The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Patch Adams (1998), One Hour Photo (2002), and World’s Greatest Dad (2009). He also starred in box office successes such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), and the Night at the Museum trilogy (2006–2014).
He was nominated for four Academy Awards, were he won Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting. He also has to his credit two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.
Comedians make us happy when we are sad. so It was only shocking to hear of the suicide of Robin who obviously made us forget our worries with their funny performance. He was found hanging at his home in Paradise cay California. Prior to his death, he was suffering from severe depression and was diagnosed with early stage Lewy body dementia disease.
Do you agree with our list. if you feel we missed some names out. Lets have your response in the comments section. Until we meet again next Saturday.