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The following are lists of notable people who intentionally terminated their own lives. Suicides committed under duress are included. Deaths by accident or misadventure are excluded. Individuals who might or might not have died by their own hand, or whose intention to die is in dispute, but who are widely believed to have deliberately killed themselves, may be listed under Possible suicides.
- Chris Acland (1996), British drummer for the band Lush, hanging
- Manuel Acuña (1873), Mexican poet
- Robert Adams, Jr. (1906), congressman from Pennsylvania, shot himself after heavy losses in stock speculation
- Stuart Adamson (2001), Scottish guitarist and singer (Big Country, Skids), self-strangulation after alcohol ingestion
- Ahn Jae-hwan (2008), South Korean actor, carbon monoxide poisoning
- Sergey Akhromeyev (1991), Marshal of the Soviet Union, hanging
- Clodius Albinus (197), Roman emperor, killed himself after a defeat in battle
- Ross Alexander (1937), American actor, gunshot
- Michael Alfonso, a.k.a. Mike Awesome (2007), American professional wrestler, hanging
- Prince Alfred of Edinburgh (1899), member of the British Royal Family, shot himself
- Leandro Alem (1896), Argentine politician, founder of the Radical Civic Union, gunshot to the head
- Salvador Allende (1973), president of Chile; shot himself during a coup d'état — some sources allege that he was killed. See also Death of Salvador Allende
- Jeff Alm (1993), American NFL player, gunshot
- Marwan al-Shehhi (2001), United Arab Emirate member of Al-Qaeda, and one of the 9/11 hijackers
- Jason Altom (1998), American Ph.D. student, ingested potassium cyanide
- Jean Améry (1978), Austrian writer; overdose of sleeping pills
- Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (1945), seppuku
- Forrest Howard Anderson (1989), Governor of Montana, gunshot
- Roger Angleton (1998), American murderer, cutting or hanging
- Mark Antony (30 BC), Roman politician and general, by sword.
- Marshall Applewhite (1997), American leader of the Heaven's Gate religious cult, overdose
- Diane Arbus (1971), American photographer, overdosed on pills and slashed wrists
- Reinaldo Arenas (1990), Cuban-American artist and writer, drug and alcohol overdose
- José María Arguedas, (1969), Peruvian novelist and poet, gunshot
- Pedro Armendáriz, (1963), Mexican actor, gunshot
- Edwin Armstrong (1954), American inventor of FM radio, jumped from a 13th floor window
- John Atchison (2007), American federal prosecutor and alleged child sex offender
- Mohamed Atta (2001), Egyptian member of Al-Qaeda, and leader of the 9/11 hijackers
- Pekka-Eric Auvinen (2007), Finnish Jokela High School shooter, gunshot to the head
- May Ayim (1996), German author, jumped from 13th floor of a Berlin building
- Albert Ayler (1970), American jazz saxophonist, jumped into New York City's East River
- Nikki Bacharach (2007), Daughter of Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson, suffocated using plastic bag and helium
- James Robert Baker (1997), American writer
- José Manuel Balmaceda (1891), President of Chile, gunshot
- Lou Bandy (1959), Dutch singer and comedian, overdose medicals
- Robert Hayward Barlow (1951), American writer and anthropologist, barbiturate overdose
- Amelie "Melli" Beese (1925), German pioneer aviatrix, gunshot
- Chris Benoit (2007), American professional wrestler, hanged himself after murdering his wife and son.
- Mary Kay Bergman (1999), American voice actress, shotgun.
- Clara Bloodgood (1907), American Broadway actress; gunshot.
- Ludwig Boltzmann (1906), Austrian physicist famous for thermodynamics and the atomic theory, hanging
- Jeremy Michael Boorda (1996), Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy
- Jonathan Brandis (2003), American actor, hanging
- Mike Brant (1975), Israeli pop star who achieved fame after moving to France, jumping from the window of a Paris apartment
- Herman Brood (2001), Dutch musician, artist, composer , jumping from the roof of the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam.
- Joseph Brooks (2011), American screenwriter, director, producer, and composer known for the song "You Light Up My Life".
- George Caragonne (1995), American comic book writer, jumped from the 45th floor of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.
- Wallace Carothers (1937), American inventor of nylon, cyanide poisoning.
- Kevin Carter (1994), South African photojournalist.
- Iris Chang (2004), American historian and author of The Rape of Nanking, gunshot wound to the head
- Tyler Clementi (2010), gay American student at Rutgers University, jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly recorded him having sex.
- Cleopatra (30 BC), Queen of Egypt, inducing a snake to bite her.
- Kurt Cobain (1994), American rock singer (Nirvana), shotgun wound to the head.
- Hart Crane (1932), American poet, jumped off ship.
- Ian Curtis (1980), English singer songwriter (Joy Division), death by hanging.
- Alice de Janzé (1941), American heiress, committed suicide with a firearm.
- Penelope Delta (1941), Greek writer, killed herself when the Germans invaded Greece during WWII
- Peter Delmé (MP) (10 April 1770), committed suicide with a firearm.
- Brad Delp (2007), American rock musician (Boston), carbon monoxide poisoning in his bathroom using two charcoal grills.
- Michael Dorris (1997), American novelist, took sleeping pills with vodka, placed a plastic bag over his head, and died of asphyxiation
- Jon Dough (2006), American pornographic actor, hanging.
- R. Budd Dwyer (1987) American politician who shot himself in the mouth during a press conference.
- George Eastman (1932), American inventor and philanthropist, gunshot to the heart.
- Robert Enke (2009), German footballer, killed himself by standing on rail road tracks near Neustadt am Rübenberge.
- Peg Entwistle (1932), English-born American actress, leapt to her death from the "H" in the Hollywood Sign.
- Moni Fanan (2009), Team manager of the Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel-Aviv during the years 1992–2008, hanging.
- René Favaloro (2000), Argentine cardiac surgeon (created technique for coronary bypass surgery), gunshot to the heart.
- Robert FitzRoy (1865), English meteorologist, surveyor and hydrographer, who captained the HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's famous voyage.
- Anton Furst (1991), English production designer who created the Gotham City and Batmobile used in the 1989 Batman film, as well as the look of Planet Hollywood, jumped from an eighth story window.
- Sam Gillespie (2003), Australian-born philosopher whose writings and translations were crucial to the initial reception of Alain Badiou's work in the English-speaking world.
- Spalding Gray (2004), American actor, playwright, screenwriter, performance artist, and monologuist; jumped off Staten Island Ferry.
- Mark Green (2004), American record-setting minor league hockey star, hung himself after being accused of stealing from a car dealership.
- Vincent van Gogh (1890), Dutch Post-Impressionist highly influenced by other artists, later shot himself.
- Hannibal (183–181 BC), a Carthaginian military commander and tactician, poison.
- Eric David Harris (1999), one of the two American high school seniors who committed the Columbine High School massacre, gunshot.
- Ernest Hemingway (1961), American writer and journalist, death gunshot wound to the head.
- Margaux Hemingway (1996); American fashion model, actress; overdose of phenobarbital.
- Adolf Hitler (1945); Austrian-born, Nazi Germany dictator, it's been speculated that he died by shooting himself in the mouth to avoid capture by the Soviet military.
- Michael Hutchence (1997), Australian singer and songwriter (INXS), hanged himself with a belt.
- Jon Nödtveidt (2007), Swedish guitarist (Dissection), gunshot.
- Marcel Jacob (2009), Swedish musician.
- Clayne Jeffs, nephew of Warren Jeffs, committed suicide with a firearm after admitting that Warren Jeffs had sexually assaulted him as a child.
- Richard Jeni (2007), American standup comedian and actor, gunshot.
- Antonie Kamerling (2010), Dutch actor and musician, hanging.
- Kostas Karyotakis (1928), Greek poet, gunshot.
- Chris Kanyon (2010), American professional wrestler, overdose of anti-depressant pills.
- Bruno Kastner (1932), German actor, hanging.
- Daul Kim (2009), South Korean model and blogger, hanged in her Paris apartment
- Ji-hoo Kim (2008), South Korean actor and model, hanging.
- R. B. Kitaj (2007), American artist; suffocation.
- Dylan Klebold (1999), one of the two American high school seniors who committed the Columbine High School massacre, gunshot.
- Jerzy Kosinski (1991), Polish-born American writer; suffocation with plastic bag.
- Deborah Laake (2000), U.S. staff writer, columnist and writer; overdose of pills
- Meriwether Lewis (1809), U.S. explorer with William Clark, gunshot. There is some debate as to whether his death was a suicide.
- Max Linder (1925), French film and stage actor, double suicide with wife; veronal and morphine ingestion, cut wrists.
- Roman Lyashenko (2003), Russian NHL hockey player, hanged himself with a belt.
- Donald R. Manes (1986), American politician, stabbed self in chest
- Mădălina Manole (2010), Romanian pop singer, pesticide poisoning.
- Andrew Martinez (2006), nudism activist who became known on the University of California, Berkeley campus as the "Naked Guy", suffocation.
- Vladimir Mayakovsky (1930), Russian and Soviet poet, shot himself.
- Tom McHale (1983), American novelist
- Robert M. McLane (1904), American mayor of Baltimore, gunshot
- Kenny McKinley (2010), American football player, gunshot
- Alexander McQueen (2010), British fashion designer and couturier, hanged himself in his wardrobe.
- Ulrike Meinhof (1976), German journalist and RAF-terrorist, hanged herself
- Miroslava (1955), Czech-born Mexican actress, overdose of sleeping pills
- Antonin Moine (1849), French sculptor, gunshot
- Mario Monicelli (2010), Italian film director, jumped out of a hospital window
- Scott Nearing (1983), American political activist and conservationist, by self-starvation at 100 years of age
- Cesare Pavese (1950), Italian author, overdose of barbiturates.
- Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (2011), American skier, Olympic medalist; gunshot
- Sylvia Plath (1963), American poet, novelist, children's author; committed suicide by gassing herself in her kitchen.
- Freddie Prinze (1977), American actor and comedian; gunshot.
- Roy Raymond (1993), American founder of Victoria's Secret, jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Liam Rector (2007), U.S. poet and educator; gunshot.
- David Reimer, Canadian man who after a botched circumcision in infancy, was unsuccessfully reassigned as a girl until he learned the truth at age 13, gunshot.
- Angelo Reyes (2011), Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, gunshot
- Robert Schommer (2001), American astronomer
- Anne Sexton (1974), American poet, carbon monoxide inhalation by running automobile in closed garage
- Otto Strandman (1941), Estonian politician, gunshot
- Samuel J. F. Thayer (1893), American architect, gunshot
- Hunter S. Thompson (2005), gonzo journalist, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, gunshot
- Li Tobler (1975), Swiss actress, model and life partner of artist H. R. Giger, gunshot
- Dudu Topaz (2009), Israeli TV personality and entertainer, hanging
- Kurt Tucholsky (1935), German-Jewish journalist, satirist and writer, overdose
- Alan Turing (1954), English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist, eating an apple laced with cyanide
- Edwin Valero (2010), Venezuelan boxer, hanging, after arrest on suspicion of murdering his wife
- Johannes Vares (1946), Estonian poet, doctor and politician
- Getúlio Vargas (1954), two-time President of Brazil, gunshot.
- Lupe Vélez (1944), Mexican actress, overdose of seconal tablets
- Juhan Viiding (1995), Estonian poet and actor, cut his veins
- David Foster Wallace (2008), American author; hanging
- Dorrit Weixler (1916), German film actress; hanging
- Assia Wevill (1969), German born lover of English poet Ted Hughes; murder-suicide of her daughter with Hughes, gas
- Dan White (1985), San Francisco politician who assassinated Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, carbon monoxide poisoning
- Wendy O. Williams (1998), American singer songwriter (Plasmatics), gunshot
- Tobi Wong (2010), Canadian born designer, and conceptual artist.
- Virginia Woolf (1941) English author, essayist, publisher, and writer of short stories; suicide by drowning
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