In the wake of legendary comic, Robin Williams’ untimely passing, I found myself wondering about suicide and its relevance in Hollywood. Mulling through dim-witted and enlightening comments alike on pop culture websites the past few days, I have solidified my opinion that depression is a real thing. That may seem like it goes without saying, but there are people in this world who believe it to be a superficial feeling; depression cannot affect the wealthy because money makes happiness. While Robin Williams is the most recent example as to why those people are wrong, Hollywood has long dealt in its share of celebrity suicides.
Kurt Cobain Front man for the band Nirvana. Self-inflicted gunshot wound to head
Marilyn Monroe Actress. Accidental suicide due to overdose of barbiturates
*Looking for a good read? “The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe” by Donald H. Wolfe insists her death was meticulously planned by the Kennedy Family.
Don Cornelius Creator & host of Soul Train. Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Alexander McQueen World-renowned fashion designer. Consumed almost lethal levels of cocaine and alcohol, slit his wrists then hanged himself.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman American Actor. Overdose of intravenous cocaine and heroin mixture. Many consider this to have been an accident over suicide
Freddie Prinze Actor & stand-up comedian. Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Dana Plato Actress who played Kimberly on hit television show “Diff’rent Strokes.” Overdosed on painkillers
Brad Delp Lead singer & guitarist of rock band Boston. Carbon monoxide poisoning
Tony Scott Director of “Top Gun.” Jumped from bridge into Los Angeles Harbor, drowned
Chris Benoit WWE Wrestler Superstar. Hanged himself but not before strangling his wife and suffocating his 7-month old to death.
Gia Allemand Bachelor contestant and model. Hanged herself
Jovan Belcher Kansas City Chiefs linebacker. Self-infliced gunshot wound
L’Wren Scott Model, American Fashion Designer, and longtime girlfriend to Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger. Hanged herself
Depression is an illness. I lost an uncle to suicide, and unfortunately, so have countless others. If you are depressed, it is OKAY to seek help. It affects no one race, gender, or targets the poor or wealthy alone. Keep an open mind to the struggles of others and refrain from calling those who have left us “cowards” and “selfish.”
Rest in peace to Robin Williams, a true comedic genius. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Jumanji.