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Popular Canadian songwriter, musician and recording artist John Stromberg commits suicide in Freeport, Long Island, New York, USA, by ingesting Paris Green insecticide. He had suffered severely from debilitating arthritis for several years.
Beverley Kenney is born in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. She will become an acclaimed jazz singer but will commit suicide at the age of 28 by consuming a lethal overdose of alcohol and Seconal in her Greenwich Village apartment in New York City, USA.
Phil Spector's father, Benjamin, commits suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide fumes in his car, because of insurmountable debt problems. Written on his tombstone will be the words, To Know Him Was To Love Him, prompting Phil to write the song To Know Him Is To Love Him which he will record a decade later with The Teddy Bears, giving him his first hit single.
Unable to face his mounting debts, Benjamin Spector, the father of 60s record producer Phil Spector, commits suicide in New York City, USA, by sucking carbon monoxide through a hose in his car in broad daylight. A decade later, Phil will compose the song To Know Him Is To Love Him, inspired by the words carved into Benjamin's gravestone, which will become a No1 hit in 1958 for his group The Teddy Bears.
Alan Turing, widely considered the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, commits suicide at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK. A post-mortem examination establishes the cause of death as cyanide poisoning. When his body was discovered, an apple lay half-eaten beside his bed, and this was believed to be the means by which the fatal poison was consumed. The song The Apple [2013] on the album The Big Other by Fiction, is about Turing, who had been horrifically persecuted for his homosexuality.
Elvis Presley is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
Apparently having suffered a nervous breakdown, the great American vocalist Paul Robeson attempts suicide in his hotel room in Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The ABC, Plymouth, UK. The show is supposed to star TheEverly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
The Toggery Five release a new single, I'm Gonna Jump, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
Scott Walker of The Walker Brothers is found unconscious in his gas-filled London, UK, apartment. The incident is widely interpreted as an attempted suicide.
The Daily Mirror in the UK, runs a headline feature about the previous day's suicide of top music producer Joe Meek, who killed himself with a shotgun after murdering his landlady, Mrs Violet Shenton, with the same weapon.
Johnny Winter records Suicide Won't Satisfy, Blue S uede Shoes and I Wonder If I Care at Andrus Studios, Houston, Texas, USA.
American children's book author Art Linkletter tells a White House conference on drugs control in Washington DC, USA, that "Every rock'n'roll station is sending out, eighteen hours a day, messages to kids that are right over the heads of our generation - every time one of the Top 40 hit records is played, it is an advertisement for trips." (Linkletter's daughter had recently committed suicide after taking LSD.)
Ben Pollack, the jazz bandleader known as 'The Father Of Swing', commits suicide by hanging himself in Palm Springs, California, USA.
A San Francisco insurance company, after being sued by Janis Joplin's manager, pays out $112,000 on a policy covering the death of the singer. They had claimed that her death was suicide, but the court agreed with her manager, and a coroner's report, that Joplin died from an accidental overdose.
Stranglers' fan Dagenham Dave commits suicide by jumping off Tower Bridge, London, England, UK, Europe, into the River Thames. A song of the same name, inspired by Dave, appears on The Stranglers' 1977 album No More Heroes.
Sid Vicious former bassist of The Sex Pistols, attempts suicide in the bathroom of the Hotel Seville, Madison Avenue, New York City, by slitting his wrists.
Sid Vicious, former bassist of The Sex Pistols, attempts suicide again in the bathroom of the Hotel Seville, Madison Avenue, New York City, USA, by slashing his wrists with a razor blade and a broken light bulb, then tries to jump out the window. He is admitted to the psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital.
New York electronic punk duo Suicide release a new cassette-only album, Half Alive.
World Boxing Association lightweight champion Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini defends his title against South Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. During the fight, Kim suffers brain injuries that will lead to his death four days later. Kim's mother will commit suicide four months later, and referee Richard Green will kill himself in July 1983. Grief-stricken, Mancini will quit boxing in 1985. The 1987 Warren Zevon song Boom Boom Mancini examines Mancini's career in the light of the after-effects of Duk Koo Kim's tragic but accidental death.
European singing star Dalida, plagued by depression and a chaotic love life, commits suicide in Paris, France, Europe, with an overdose of barbiturates, leaving a note which reads, "Forgive me, life has become unbearable for me...".
Lindsay Crosby, actor, singer and the son of Bing Crosby, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head in a Las Virgenes apartment, in Calabasas, California, USA.
Phenomenally successful Japanese rock guitarist Hideto Matsumoto hangs himself in Tokyo, aged 33. 25,000 fans will attend his funeral, and three will commit suicide within days, believing life to be unbearable without him. He was best known under his stage name of Hide, as lead guitarist for X Japan.
Black Metal band Mayhem play in Sarpsborg, Norway, Europe. The show is recorded and will be released as the bootleg LP Dawn Of The Black Hearts, whose cover shows the band's vocalist, Dead (real name Per Yngve Ohlin), after his suicide.
The trial of heavy metal band Judas Priest - based on allegations that subliminal messages in their 1978 LP Stained Class contributed to the deaths by suicide of fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance - comes to the end of its third week in Reno, Nevada, USA. Phyllis Vance, the mother of James, states, "They live off of young fans like my son, kids who invest all their money in bands like Judas Priest. James was my only child. He was my life. All the money in the world couldn't bring him back."
Rob Pilatus of shamed pop duo Milli Vanilli attempts suicide in the Mondrian Hotel, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, USA, by taking an overdose of pills and slashing his wrists.
Per 'Dead' Ohlin, Swedish vocalist of black/death metal bands Mayhem and Morbid, finally lives up to his nickname by slitting his wrists and throat with a knife and then shoooting himself in the forehead with a shotgun, at home in Krakstad, Norawy, Europe. He leaves a brief suicide note, which apologizes for firing a gun indoors and begins, "Excuse the blood"...
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Ozzy Osbourne is cleared in an Atlanta, Georgia, USA, court of 'culpably exciting' a young fan, John McCollum, to shoot himself by listening to Ozzy's 1986 song Suicide Solution.
Alan Vega of pioneering electro-punk duo Suicide dies in his sleep, aged 72, in New York City, USA.
Country recording star Faron Young attempts suicide by shooting himself in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Police officers in Macon, Georgia, USA, are called out to the home of Ronnie Hammond, lead singer for the southern rock band The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Hammond is threatening to commit suicide and is evidently suffering an emotional breakdown following a broken relationship.
Kevin Wilkinson, an acclaimed drummer who had worked with The Waterboys, China Crisis, Squeeze and many others, commits suicide by hanging himself at his home in Baydon, near Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Kevin Wilkinson, an acclaimed drummer who had worked with The Waterboys, China Crisis, Squeeze and many others, commits suicide by hanging himself at his home in Baydon, near Swindon.
Innovative rock guitarist Robert Quine dies aged 61 in New York City, USA. Depressed by the death of his wife, Alice, he deliberately takes an overdose of heroin at his New York City apartment. Quine worked with Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and many others.
Paramedics are called to the Nashville home of country singer Mindy McCReady after an apparent suicide attempt. They transport her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists.
Lover's rock vocalist Jean Adebambo is found dead, aged 46, in London, UK. She had found success during the 1980s in the lover's rock style of reggae music with hits including Reaching For A Goal, Hardships of Life and Pipe Dreams, and was about to re-start her career when she dies. [It is later concluded that she committed suicide.]
Los Angeles Assistant Chief of Coroners, Ed Winter, rules that Paula Goodspeed, an alleged stalker whose body was found in her car outside American Idol judge Paula Abdul's estate in Sherman Oaks, committed suicide.
Evan Chandler, father of Jordan Chandler, and instigator of charges against Michael Jackson of child sex abuse, is found dead in bed at home, having shot himself in the head.
Alexa Rae Joel, a singer-songwriter, and daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, is rushed to St. Vincent's Medical Center, Manhattan, New York City, USA, after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in her West Village apartment in an apparent suicide attempt.
Peter Lopez, the lawyer who represented music business clients including Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, is found dead at his home in Encino, California, USA, apparently having committed suicide by shooting himself. Lopez was married to the actress Catherine Bach.
After many years of fighting alcoholism, James Freud, singer with Australian band The Models, commits suicide in his Hawthorn, Melbourne home. Freud's absence had been noted when the band was inducted into Australia's ARIA Hall Of Fame a few days earlier.
Lady Gaga, currently on tour in Australia, Oceania, phones in a bid of $133,075 to buy a gown by her friend the late designer Alexander McQueen at a sale hosted by fashion collector Guinness at Christie's auction house in South Kensington, London, England, UK, Europe. Proceeds from the auction are to benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation, created in memory of the late fashion editor who committed suicide after a long battle of depression.
Bass player Bob Birch, who played with Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, David Coverdale, Ray Charles and others, dies at his home in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA. Police believe that his death may have been suicide.
Country singer Mindy McCready dies aged 37 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA. She is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on her front porch, where her former boyfriend and the father of her younger son, David Wilson, had killed himself a month earlier. McCready also shot dead the pet dog that had belonged to Wilson.
Following what appears to have been a suicide attempt, Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of deceased pop star Michael Jackson, is rushed to hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Simone Battle, a member of the girlband G.R.L., is found dead, aged 25, at her home on West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Her death is ruled a suicide and speculation suggests her despair may have been because of financial problems.
This Will Destroy You release the album Another Language on Suicide Squeeze Records in the UK.
The results of a University Of Sydney study into the life-spans of musicians are published in The Conversation. After studying the lives of almost 13,000 musicians in the USA, the conclusions are that their lifespans were up to 25 years shorter than the comparable US population. Accidental death rates were between five and 10 times greater. Suicide rates were between two and seven times greater; and homicide rates were up to eight times greater than the US population.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office announces that the recent death of Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, was suicide. Emerson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica, California, USA. He suffered for many years with a painful nerve condition, and was thought to have become depressed.
A coroner's report is issued by the Wayne County Medical Examiner on Chris Cornell, singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, who died shortly after playing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The report states that Cornell committed suicide in his MGM Grand hotel room by hanging.
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