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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.
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
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'.
During a round-table radio show in America,
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.
Don Everly of The Everly Brothers
collapses on the stage of The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, during rehearsals for their imminent tour. After two suicide attempts in The Savoy Hotel
, he is too drugged on amphetamines to perform. Phil Everly goes on and does the tour alone.
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
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.
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.
, the wife of Jackson Browne
, commits suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. At least two of Browne's subsequent songs, Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate and The Shape Of A Heart, will be inspired by Major. Also, an earlier song, Ready Or Not, was written about how Browne and Major first got together after meeting in The Troubadour club in Los Angeles.
US country music star Mel Street
takes his own life on the morning of his 43rd birthday. On the same day, The Clash
sack their manager Bernie Rhodes
, claiming he has 'mismanaged' their finances. He is replaced by former Melody Maker
journalist Caroline Coon.
enters the ARIA Singles Chat in Australia at No6. It will peak at No2. The blues harp intro to the song is a sample from a Charlie Musselwhite track.
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.
Seriously alcoholic Doug Hopkins
, guitarist and songwriter of The Gin Blossoms
, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .38-cal. special pistol on the bed of his apartment in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
dies, aged 64, in Nashville, Tennessee
, USA, having attempted suicide by shooting himself the previous day. His ashes are scattered during a ceremony at Johnny Cash
's estate, while Cash is away. Unfortunately, a gust of wind blows the ashes onto Cash's car. "When I came home, I found I had Faron on my windshield", remarked Cash later. "I turned the wipers on. There he went, back and forth, back and forth, until he was all gone."
Country recording star
In San Diego, California, USA, police discover the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate UFO religion cult
who have committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believe is following the Comet Hale-Bopp. The recently-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp
was about to make its closest approach to Earth. Also known as the Great Comet of 1997, it is perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades. The 2012 song The Hale Bop
by The Mystery Jets
is about this grimly bizarre incident.
Just Another Suicide by Thunder is released as a single in the U.K. and Japan, Asia. The single is renamed You Wanna Know for the U.K. market as Eagle Records believe that the radio won't play a song with 'suicide' in the title. Ironically, the track picks up more airplay in Japan than it does in the U.K.
Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embark on a
random killing spree, shooting dead twelve students and one teacher
at Columbine High School, Columbine, Colorado, USA. The pair then
commit suicide. The incident will become known as The
Columbine High School Massacre
. The 2005 song Cassie
a response to
the Columbine tragedy
. Cassie Bernall was a student at
Columbine High School who died in the massacre.
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
Deeply troubled r’n’b vocalist Houston attempts suicide by jumping out of a 13th-floor window in a London, UK, hotel. He is stopped and restrained, but later gouges out his own eye.
Former Split Enz/Crowded House
drummer Paul Hester is found dead in Elsternwick Park, near his home in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania
, having hung himself from a tree.
' hairdresser Aaron Vickers is found dead, hanging in woodland near Williams' $8.5m mansion in Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
, singer/songwriter best known for his work under the name Sparklehorse, commits suicide by shooting himself in the heart outside a friend's home in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
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.
The Suicide Of Western Culture release a new LP, Hope Only Brings Pain, on Irregular Records in the UK.
Mike Shinoda releases his solo debut album, Post Traumatic
, much of which addresses Shinoda's feelings after the death by suicide of his Linkin Park
colleague and longtime friend Chester Bennington, on July 20, 2017.