As we approach The Out of the Darkness Walk in Washington DC in October, this has become the opportunity to raise awareness for suicide prevention. In 2008, my brother Andrey Rhyan Bruner, committed suicide in front of a gas station. You do not know what that feels like when you get the news that someone you love dearly will no longer be here. You won’t get to see them, hug them or even yell and argue with them. To watch my mother still go through the pain of the loss, it’s heartbreaking. So to get the opportunity to participate in the walk and raise money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the intensity of why this issue is so important rises more and more with every day.
Suicide is an issue that not just what we would say the “everyday people” perspective but celebrities deal with mental and emotional health issues. They are human, they are human. They wake and have to face the world and sometimes life can get dark and hopeful for them too. We all should develop more awareness and empathy for these issues that effect us all in a way where we address the matters and work toward a solution of hope, love and light.
Take a look at the 14 celebrities we have put together of some influential and celebrity personalities and authors.
Beloved and well-respected actor and comedian, Robin Williams ended his life on August 11, 2014. Williams had an extensive resume in entertainment with two Emmys, six Golden Globes and five Grammys to accolade his career. In his early years, Williams battled with addictions to drugs and was suffering with severe depression and Parkinson's disease.
British novelist, Virgina Woolf died by walking into the river near her home with stones to weigh her down and drowned. A great quote by Woolf goes "if you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people"
X-Factor finalist and singer of girl group G.R.L., Simone Battle, hung her self in 2014. Battle was adorned by her fans and group members.
World-reknown fashion designer, Alexander McQueen became extremely depressed after the passing of his mother and just a week after her death, he committed suicide. McQueen hung his self after ingesting several prescription meds, cocaine and alcohol.
NFL's Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, committed suicide after shooting and killing his longtime girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. Autopsy reports that Belcher was suffering from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), caused by repeated head traumas playing football. CTE causes memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression.
Director of classic films like Top Gun and True Romance, Tony Scott died of force injuries after jumping off a bridge into the Los Angeles Harbor. Scott had been fighting a long battle with cancer.
Great American novelist Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in 1961. He suffered from depression and alcoholism throughout his life.
Kurt Cobain, lead guitarist and vocalist of known punk rock band - Nirvana, took his own life with a gunshot wound. The autopsy report stated that Cobain had been dead for days and found high levels of heroine and traces of diazepam. Cobain died on April 5, 1994.
Jonathan Brandis, childhood favorite star (lead actor in movies such as, Ladybugs and Neverending Story II), hung his self and then he died in the hospital the next day, November 12, 2003. Brandis spiraled into a state of depression and had usage of alcohol while over the years making statements about killing him self.
Iconic actress, Marilyn Monroe allegedly committed suicide by taking an overdose of bariturates. There are several speculations about Monroe's death.
WWE wrestler Chris Benoit committed suicide by hanging himself after killing his wife and his 7 year old son. The wrestler had suffered brain damage during his career which may have lead to the murder-suicide.
Former Disney star, Lee Thompson Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2013 at the age of 29.
Young was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was struggling with depression.