Too often headlines announce the death of a beloved public figure. Even darker so, sometimes the death comes at the person’s own hands. Each one of these famous suicides has a unique personal story behind it, but many of them also have striking and sad similarities.
Nearly all of these celebrity suicides have featured mental health problems in some form. These famous suicides show that being successful does not prevent a person from feeling unfulfilled or unhappy. Despite outward appearances, we can never know what another person is going through — and sometimes not until it’s too late.
As macabre and heartbreaking as these famous suicides are, they serve as an important reminder that even if you think everything about a person, underneath the surface they could believe that their life is worth nothing.
Sushant Singh Rajput (2020)
The 34-year-old actor ended his life by hanging at his apartment in Bandra, Mumbai on June 14. Sushant is said to be battling depression for the last six months. While the investigation is still going on, there is no clear reason as to why he chose to end his life.
Preksha Mehta (2020)
‘Crime Patrol’ actress Preksha Mehta committed suicide on May 26. She was 25. She took her life by hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. She was suffering from depression. In her suicide note, she had expressed disappointment regarding her career and failed relationships.
Sejal Sharma (2020)
Sejal Sharma, who acted in TV show Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her Mira Road residence on January 24, 2020.
Kushal Punjabi (2019)
Actor Kushal Punjabi, who has appeared in several films and television shows, committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan with a nylon rope on December 26, 2019. The incident happened at 11.10 pm at his residence at Bandra West. He was also suffering from depression. A suicide note written in English had been found by the police which states that no one is responsible for his death. He also mentioned about the distribution of his property among his family in the suicide note.
Nitin Kapoor (2017)
Veteran actor Jeetendra’s cousin, Nitin Kapoor ended his life by jumping off a building on March 14, 2017. According to his wife Jayasudha (South Indian actress), he was suffering from bipolar disorder.
Pratyusha Banerjee (2016)
The Balika Vadhu actress was found hanging at her residence in Mumbai on April 1, 2016. The actress ended her life at the age of just 24 years. Her parents blamed her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh for her death, even though no suicide note was found.
Sai Prashant (2016)
Popular Tamil actor Sai Prashanth committed suicide on March 13, 2016, at his residence in Chennai by mixing poison in his drink and consumed it. According to the police officials, loneliness and depression were the reasons for his suicide.
Shikha Joshi (2015)
The B.A. Pass actress had slit her throat and bled to death on May 16, 2015. There were her friends present when she did it, but they were busy recording her statement instead of rushing her to the hospital. She had lost a lot of blood when she was finally taken to hospital and she breathed her last there. Her family demanded a CBI investigation as they thought it was a murder.
Veteran Telugu actor Ranganath who starred in nearly 300 films and portrayed a wide variety of roles, ended his life on December 19, 2015, by hanging from a ceiling hook in his house at Gandhinagar, Hyderabad. Ranganath has been reportedly suffering from depression since his wife’s demise in 2009.
Uday Kiran (2014)
Telugu actor Uday Kiran died at the age of 33 by hanging himself in his apartment on January 5, 2014. According to reports, Kiran had suffered from depression due to financial crisis for almost a year before his death.
Jiah Khan (2013)
British-American actor Jiah Khan, best known for films like ‘Nishabd’ with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and ‘Ghajini’ with Aamir Khan, was found hanging at her Mumbai residence on June 3, 2013. Jiah’s mother blamed her boyfriend, actor Sooraj Pancholi, for her death. He was charged with abetting Jiah’s suicide in 2018. Jiah Khan was so depressed because of her love life. In the suicide note written by Jiah, it is clearly mentioned that Sooraj Pancholi ruined her life.
Well-known Malayalam film and television actor Sreenath allegedly committed suicide at his hotel room at Kothamanagalm in Ernakulam district on April 23, 2010. His body was found with the wrist slit.
Santhosh Jogi (2010)
Malayalam film actor Santhosh Jogi committed suicide on April 13, 2012, by hanging from a fan in his friend’s flat in Thrissur, Kerela. According to the police, he committed suicide due to family problems.
Kunal Singh (2008)
Actor Kunal Singh was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his Mumbai apartment on February 7, 2008. His body was first found by actor Lavina Bhatia.
The 22-year-old actress hung herself to death on June 16, 2005. She left a suicide note that stated that she does not have any reason to live further, that’s why she is taking such a decision. Rumour has it that failure, tragic love life and unhappiness from the industry led to her demise.
Monal Naval (2002)
Better known as top actress Simran’s sister, 21-year-old Monal hanged herself to death with a dupatta on the ninth floor of her apartment in Vadapalani, Chennai’s Pali Hill. She left behind no suicide note, and her sister accused choreographer Prasanna Sujit as a reason for her suicide. The two had split just a few days before her suicide.
Silk Smitha (1996)
Actor Vijaylakshmi, who reached the iconic status of a sex symbol in Tamil cinema during her time, as Silk Smitha died at the age of 33 as the result of a suspected suicide on September 23, 1996. She appeared in over 450 films, a most sought after actor at a time was said to be neck-deep in controversies. Some suspected foul play in her death while others said she was suffering from depression.
Guru Dutt, known for black-and-white classics like ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Baazi’, and ‘Pyaasa’, was found dead on October 10, 1964, in his bed in his rented apartment at Pedder Road in erstwhile Bombay. He was said to have been mixing alcohol and sleeping pills. Dutt’s death may have been suicide or just an accidental overdose.