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Suffering from depression and believing herself to be going insane, modernist novelist Virginia Woolf puts on her overcoat, fills its pockets with stones, walks into the River Ouse near her home in Rodmell, Sussex, England, UK, Europe, and drowns herself. The 2011 hit single What The Water Gave Me by Florence And The Machine is inspired by Woolf's suicide.
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.
During a round-table radio show in America, CBS A+R chief, Mitch Miller blasts rock'n'roll as 'the comic books of music'. When MGM boss Arnold Maxim says he thinks rock will continue, singer Sammy Davis Jr declares 'I might commit suicide'.
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.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at City Hall, Newcastle, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly 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.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at the ABC, Exeter, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London'sSavoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Gaumont, Cheltenham, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly 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.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Theatre Royal, Norwich, 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 Case Of The Lover's Leap, an episode of the tv detective series Perry Mason, airs for the first time in the USA. The show centres on a murderer who fakes his own suicide in order to escape justice and, years later, it will inspire Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy to write the song Suicide.
Liverpool-born popular singer Michael Holliday commits suicide - a suspected drug overdose involving a pact with boxer Freddie Mills - in Croydon, Surrey, UK. Despite achieving two UK No1 singles with The Story Of My Life and Starry Eyed, Holliday had suffered a mental breakdown in 1961.
The Toggery Five release a new single, I'm Gonna Jump, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
Singer-songwriter Peter La Farge, who wrote many Native Indian protest songs, and was much admired by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, kills himself (or perhaps dies of a stroke) in New York City, USA. His body will not be found for two days.
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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.
Rezso Seress, composer of Gloomy Sunday, a song with a reputation for causing listeners to commit suicide, kills himself in Budapest, Hungary, Europe.
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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.
Pete Ham, songwriter and guitarist with Badfinger, hangs himself in his garage in Woking, UK. He leaves a suicide note criticising the band's manager, Stan Polley as "a soulless bastard."
Jackson Browne begins recording sessions for his fourth album, The Pretender, with producer Jon Landau. The sessions will, however, be abandoned on the 25th when Browne's wife Phyllis Major commits suicide.
Terry Kath, guitarist/vocalist of the group Chicago, kills himself in Woodland Hills, California, by accidentally discharging a pistol he is holding to his head in a mock game of Russian roulette.
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.
918 people die in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, in an incident sometimes described as a mass-suicide and sometimes as a massacre. The incident is described in the 2008 song Reverend Charisma by Wedlock. It is worth noting that a band, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, made up its name as a combination of the name of a Rolling Stones guitarist with the Jonestown incident. Other songs inspired by this horrific incident include The Riverflow by The Levellers, Jonestown Mind by The Almighty, Jimmie Jones by The Vapors, Jonestown by Concrete Blonde and Ballad of Jim Jones by The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Ian Curtis of UK band Joy Division attempts suicide by taking an overdose of phenobarbitone.
New York electronic punk duo Suicide release a new cassette-only album, Half Alive.
Tom Evans, former bass player with Badfinger, is found hanged at his home in Surrey, England, UK, Europe, aged 36.
You're Only Human (Second Wind) by Billy Joel peaks at No9 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA. All royalties from the single are donated to The American National Committee For Youth Suicide Prevention. Joel himself had attempted suicide in 1970 by drinking furniture polish.
Tommy Kiefer guitarist and founder-member of Swiss metal band Krokus commits suicide by hanging himself on Christmas Eve. Kiefer was a long-term heroin addict.
A dark day. Legendary American rock guitar virtuoso Roy Buchanan ties his shirt to a window grating and hangs himself from it in a jail cell at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, Virginia, USA. Just an hour or so earlier, he had been arrested for public drunkenness after a verbal fight with his wife. On the same day, Fred Below, Chicago-blues drummer for Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and others, dies of cancer, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Robert Calvert of UK space-rock band Hawkwind dies of a heart attack.
James Vance, one of two American teenagers who shot himself three years earlier after listening to the Judas Priest album Stained Class, dies.
Puerto Rican singer, trovador, and composer Ramito, often described as the king of Jíbaro music, commits suicide by shooting himself in his in-law's house, after learning that a cancer he is suffering has metastasized.
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.
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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Seriously alcoholic Doug Hopkins, guitarist and songwriter of The Gin Blossoms, checks himself out of the detox unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The following day he will commit suicide.
Country guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton, nicknamed The Humbler, locks himself in his garage and commits suicide by shooting himself, aged 49, at his home in Newburg, Maryland, USA. No specific reason for his suicide ever emerges, although friends and relatives were of the opinion that he had suffered from depression for many years.
Fans, estimated at around 50,000 in number, flood into central Tokyo, Japan, to attend the funeral of Hideto Matsumoto [aka Hide], guitarist of the group X Japan. The centre of the city is brought to a standstill as ambulances carry away dozens overcome by emotion and the 82-degree [28c] heat.
Singer and guitarist Steve Sanders commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Cape Coral, Florida, USA. He had found success as vocalist and guitarist with country and gospel music group The Oak Ridge Boys but quit in 1995 because of personal problems.
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.
Jon Lee, drummer in Feeder, is found in his home in Miami, Florida, having committed suicide by hanging. He was 33.
Folk Singer Judy Collins publishes her memoir, Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength, via Tarcher Books in the USA.
Jeanette Sliwinski, suicidally-inclined driver of a vehicle which deliberately crashed into another car in Chicago, Illinois, USA, four days earlier, is charged with first degree murder. Members of the bands Silkworm, The Returnables and Exo And The Dials all died in the collision.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun publishes an article entitled "Suicide of Hannah, the Secret Emo", which reports the death of thirteen-year-old British girl named Hannah Bond, who had hanged herself supposedly because of her involvement with a "self-harming 'emo' cult", which the newspaper directly associates with My Chemical Romance.
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.
Gary Taylor, president and owner of Michael Jackson fanclub MJJcommunity.com, claims that up to a dozen grief-stricken Michael Jackson fans have committed suicide since the death of the superstar a few days earlier.
A coroner's report reveals that rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose's recent death was self-inflicted. The report, from the office of the County Coroner in San Mateo, California, USA, states that Montrose died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was more than four times over the legal alcohol limit when he ended his life and was thought to be depressed about his battle with cancer.
After a heated argument with his estranged wife, hip-hop music mogul Chris Lighty commits suicide by shooting himself outside his New York City, USA, apartment. Lighty was the manager of both 50 Cent and P. Diddy.
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.
Minus The Bear release their sixth LP, Voids, on Suicide Squeeze Records.
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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Over 59 people are killed and more than 500 injured by a gunman while Jason Aldean plays the headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in The Mandalay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The gunman, located on the 32nd floor of the hotel, kills himself shortly after.
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