10. George Sanders (3 July 1906 – 25 April 1972)
George was an all rounded for his profession. He was known for his, television acting, singer-song writing, music composing and author. In 1972 George was found dead in a hotel near Barcelona after suffering from cardiac arrest from taking five bottles of Nembutal. What is weird about this suicide is that his friend in 1937 predicted that George would commit suicide at age 65. His suicide note read:
Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool – good luck.
9. Wendy O. Williams (May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998)
Wendy was known for being a musician and was the lead singer of the American band ‘The Plasmatics’. She performed stunts such as blowing up equipment, nudity and chain-sawing guitars. In 1993 she first attempted suicide by hammering a knife into her chest. The knife ended up becoming lodged inside her and soon after she changed her mind and was rushed to hospital. Her second attempt was in 1997 when she took an overdose of ephedrine. Wendy died the next year after a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her suicide note read:
“The act of taking my own life is not something I am doing without a lot of thought. I don’t believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time. I do believe strongly, however, that the right to do so is one of the most fundamental rights that anyone in a free society should have. For me much of the world makes no sense, but my feelings about what I am doing ring loud and clear to an inner ear and a place where there is no self, only calm. Love always, Wendy.”
8.Lupe Velez (July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944)
Lupe was a Mexican actress whom stared her career as a dancer. Lupe moved to America in her early years and began starring in leading roles in movies. She soon became bored and moved to New York and began working on Broadway. Lupe ended up taking her own life as she did not want to live with the shame of giving brith to a child out of wedlock with whom she was pregnant with. She was found dead in her bed which was surrounded by flowers after having taken 80 pills causing an overdose. Her suicide note read:
“To Harald, may God forgive you and forgive me too but I prefer to take my life away and our baby’s before I bring him with shame or killing him, Lupe.”
7. James Whale. (22 July 1889 – 29 May 1957)
James was an English film director, theatre director and actor. James would be best remembered for his production of horror films such as the classic Frankenstein. James lived as an open homosexual that was unheard of in his era in the 1920’s and 30’s. James committed suicide by drowning himself in a swimming pool but it was not revealed until decades later when his lover, David Lewis, showed it to the world. His suicide note read:
“To ALL I LOVE,
“Do not grieve for me. My nerves are all shot and for the last year I have been in agony day and night—except when I sleep with sleeping pills—and any peace I have by day is when I am drugged by pills.
“I have had a wonderful life but it is over and my nerves get worse and I am afraid they will have to take me away. So please forgive me, all those I love and may God forgive me too, but I cannot bear the agony and it [is] best for everyone this way.
“The future is just old age and illness and pain. Goodbye and thank you for all your love. I must have peace and this is the only way.
6. Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941)
Virginia was an English writer who was regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. She was a significant figure in the London literary society and was also a member of the Bloomsbury Group, which is a group of esteemed English writers. Virginia suffered from bouts of depression and after the destruction of her house in World War II went into a deep depressive state. On the 28th of March Virginia committed suicide. She filled her overcoat pockets with rocks and jumped into the river Ouse and drowned. Her body was not found until one month later in April. Her suicide note read:
“I feel certain that I’m going mad again. I feel we can’t go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices.”
5. Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005)
Hunter was an American journalist and author. Hunter’s father died when Hunter was only 15, which had a major influence on his life. Hunter became famous when he published the book “Hell’s Angels: The Strage and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motocycle Gangs” in 1967. He had spent one year living and riding with the the gang and getting the story first hand. As per his wishes after his death his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony that was paid for by his life long friend, Johnny Depp. His suicide note read:
“No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun – for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax – This won’t hurt.
4. Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994
Kurt was an American musician who was famous for being the lead singer in the popular band Nirvana. In the last years of his life Kurt suffered from heroin addiction, mental illness and depression that were the cause of his end. Kurt’s death at age 27 has become a widespread phenomenon of the 27 club that is the age that a number of famous celebrities have died at. His suicide note read:
“Frances and Courtney, I’ll be at your altar. Please keep going Courtney, for Frances for her life will be so much happier without me. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU.”
3. Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945)
Adolf Hitler was a German politician whom led the Nazi party. He was the chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 which ended due to his death. I don’t think I have to give much more of a biography of Adolf Hitler as he is known to nearly every human alive so I will end it here with his suicide note:
I myself and my wife – in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation – choose death. It is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where I have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years’ service to my people.
2. Vincent Van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890)
Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch artist who had a profound effect on 20th century art. Vincent suffered from anxiety and mental illnesses for years, which was the eventual end to his life. He died in 1890 from a gunshot wound, which is widely believed to be self-inflicted even though no gun was ever found. He wrote at his death:
“La tristesse durera toujours.”
Translation: “The sadness will last forever.”
1. Misao Fujimura (July 1886 – May 22, 1903)
Misao was a Japanese philosopher and was known for his suicide note that he carved into a tree. It was believed that Misao committed suicide due to the rejection of the love of his life Tamikoo. Misao then travelled to Kegon Falls, which is a beautiful scenic area in Japan. Misao’s suicide note sparked a cult following of suicide notes that were carved into trees. It even sparked commentary by the famous writer Natsueme Soseki who was an English teacher at Misao’s high school.Misao’s suicide note read:
Delicate line between heaven and earth…
The calm of the ages,
all the world’s worth.
Such minuscule measure,
while we think it so grand…
Just five specks of smallness,
This soft quiet land.
So frail and so fleeting,
in the end you will see
Simple dreams were Horatio’s philosophy.
For all the truth,
all secrets of yore
Can be told in an instant,
by then they’re no more.
Ah, The Unexplainable
All worries unsettled,
All questions unanswered,
with death, shall be solved.
We already teeter,
this sheer cliff so high.
When we fall to corruption,
To end is to start;
to surrender is to know.
Despair and depression,
together they grow.
Hope shall meet hopeless
when there’s nowhere to go.