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Sunday, June 10, 2018

celebrity suicide

I remember hearing somewhere in the dark, distant past that if one committed suicide, one would not get to heaven. Since I have grown up since then, I no longer believe in such rubbish. There is no heaven or hell, and people choose suicide to end their suffering. If not for modern medicines, specifically pain-killers, the suicide rate would probably be twice as high as it already is.

The tragedy is compounded when local governments punish assisted suicide. It's illegal to commit suicide in many states, but tell me, who would pay the penalty if successful? Every state, and the federal government, should make it easier to take your own life if you so choose. Life is precious, but if life has become mostly pain, life doesn't seem that precious, only precarious.

Yes, Wikipedia keeps track of celebrity suicides. Here is a link to those that have committed suicide in the 21st Century, if you are interested. I'm sure you will discover some people who committed suicide that you were rather surprised by. I know I was.

A short list, and this list only includes confirmed suicides, not accidental deaths:

  • Stephanie Adams (2018), American former glamour model, known as the November 1992 Playboy Playmate, jumped from a 25th floor window after her 7-year-old son, Vincent.[1][2]
  • Chester Bennington (2017), American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), hanging, had struggled with drug abuse and depression[31]
  • Herman Brood (2001), Dutch musician, artist, composer, jumping from the roof of the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam, he was depressed by the failure of his drug rehabilitation program and facing serious medical problems because of his prolonged drug use[42][43]
  • Don Cornelius (2012), American television show host and producer, best known as the creator and host of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, gunshot. He had been suffering from seizures.[62]
  • Brad Delp (2007), American rock musician (Boston), carbon monoxide poisoning in his bathroom using two charcoal grills, suffering from depression.[67]
  • Keith Emerson (2016), English keyboardist, committed suicide by gunshot on 10 March 2016 at his home in Santa MonicaCalifornia[77][78][79]
  • Richard Jeni (2007), American standup comedian and actor, gunshot,[100][101][102] he 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."
  • Dan Johnson (2017), American pastor and Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, he claimed to be suffering from PTSD from the September 11 attacks, though he also faced sexual harassment allegations, gunshot.[105]
  • Alexander McQueen (2010), British fashion designer and couturier, hanged himself in his wardrobe,[138] he had been diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder, and took an overdose prior to hanging himself[139]
  • Hunter S. Thompson (2005), gonzo journalist, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, gunshot,[184] he had many painful and chronic medical conditions, which included a hip replacement.
  • Robin Williams (2014), American comedian and actor, hanging,[194] he was suffering from severe depression prior to his death and was diagnosed with early stage Lewy Body Dementia

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