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Bizarre Celebrity Suicides Johnny Ace (John Marshall Alexander, Jr.) - singer 1954 --- suicide playing Russian roulette. Janet Elaine Adkins 1990 ---

1st suicide assisted by Jack Kevorkian. Clara Blandick - actress (Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz) 1962 --- sleeping pills, with a plastic bag tied over her head. She was 81-years-old and suffering from crippling arthritis. Ray Combs - talk show host (Family Feud) 1996 ---

Russian roulette. on the night of June 2, 1996, with bed sheets in his hospital room at Glendale Adventist Hospital while on a 72-hour "suicide watch." Hart Crane - poet 1932 --- suicide by drowning. On a steamship, he bid his fellow passengers farewell and jumped overboard. Last words.

Thich Quang Duc - Buddhist monk 1963 --- set himself on fire on the streets of Saigon to protest government persecution of Buddhists. R. Budd Dwyer - politician (Pennsylvania) 1987 --

- Convicted of bribery and conspiracy in federal court and about to be sentenced, he called a press conference; there, in front of spectators and TV cameras, he shot himself in the mouth.

Lillian Millicent Entwistle - actress 1932 --- suicide by jumping from the 'H' of the 'HOLLYWOOD(LAND)' sign. Joseph Goebbels - Nazi politician 1945 --- with his wife, poisoned their five children, then committed suicide in Hitler's Berlin bunker. Hermann Goering -

Nazi politician 1946 --- poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. Donny Hathaway - singer 1979 --- suicide by jumping from his room on the 15th floor of New York's Essex House Hotel. Rudolf Hess - Nazi politician 1987 --- last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, strangled himself with an electrical cord at age 93, in Spandau Prison.

Chris Chubbuck - newscaster 1974 --- shot herself in the head during a prime time news broadcast on Florida TV station WXLT-TV. She died 14 hours later. Last words. Michael Hutchence - rock musician (Inxs) 1997 --- hanged himself with a belt in his room in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Sydney, Australia. (Perhaps auto-erotic asphyxiation.) Eugene Izzi - writer 1997 --- hanged himself from an 11th-floor window on Michigan Ave., Chicago. Perhaps by accident while researching a scene for a book. Jim Jones - leader of a religious cult known as the Peoples Temple 1978 --- killed himself after watching more than 900 of his followers die from the ingestion of Kool-Ade laced with cyanide.

Terry Kath - rock musician (Chicago) 1978 --- suicide playing Russian roulette. Last words. Jesse William Lazear - US physician 1900 --- voluntarily infected with & died of yellow fever as part of Walter Reed's research. Vachel Lindsay - poet 1931 --- suicide by drinking a bottle of lye (Lysol). Last words.

Kiyoko Matsumoto - 19-year-old student 1933 --- suicide by jumping into the thousand foot crater of a volcano on the island of Oshima, Japan. This act started a bizarre fashion in Japan and in the ensuing months three hundred children did the same thing. Yukio Mishima (Kimitake Hiraoka) -
apanese writer 1970 --- suicide by disembowelment and decapitation (a ritual called seppuku or hara-kiri) as a protest of the Westernization of Japan. He killed himself in front of an assembly (which he called) of all of his students that he was teaching at a university at that time.

Francois Maurice Marie Mitterrand 1996 --- suicide by intentionally terminating treatment for prostate cancer. Claudius Drusus Germanicus Nero - Roman emperor 68 AD --- suicide by stabbing himself with a sword. Sylvia Plath - poet 1963 --- suicide by inhaling gas from her oven. Margaret Mary Ray - celebrity stalker 1998 --- suicide by kneeling in front of an oncoming train. Bobby Sands - IRA activists 1981 --- starved on the 66th day of his hunger strike. Socrates - philosopher 399 BC --- required drinking hemlock to end his life after being found guilty of corrupting the youth of Athens.

Vincent Willem van Gogh - painter 1890 --- shot himself; he died two days later. Lupe Velez - actress 1944 --- overdose with sleeping pills; she was four months pregnant. {There is a much-circulated, but undocumented story that she had dressed in her best outfit for the suicide and took her pills, washing them down with alcohol. Getting sick to her stomach, she rushed to the bathroom, but tripped and fell; drowning in the toilet. 

Last words. Horace Wells - pioneered the use of anesthesia in the 1840s 1848 --- arrested for spraying two women with sulfuric acid; he anaesthetized himself with chloroform and slashed open his thigh with a razor. Virginia Woolf (Adeline Virginia Stephens Woolf) - writer 1941 -- committed suicide by drowning. Gig Young (Byron Elsworth Barr) - actor 1978 --- shot and killed his wife of 3 weeks, Kim Schmidt, then shot himself.