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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.
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.
'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
, 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  on the album The Big Other by Fiction
, is about Turing, who had been horrifically persecuted for his homosexuality.
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.
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.
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.)
, 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
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...".
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"...
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.
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.
Innovative rock guitarist
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.
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.
, 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.
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.