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Suicide

Edwin Pearce Christy, founder of popular American blackface minstrelsy group The Christy Minstrels commits suicide by throwing himself from a window of his house in New York City.
A little-known and deeply troubled Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, shoots himself in the chest with a revolver in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, Europe. He will die, aged 37, two days later. Don McLean's 1970 song Vincent refers to several Van Gogh paintings, including The Starry Night, but the song, with lines such as "You took your life as lovers often do," is more generally inspired by Van Gogh's life, his tragic existence and his suicide.
Composer and designer of string instruments Alfred Stelzner commits suicide at his home in Dresden, Germany, Europe. Although his inventions, the violotta and the cellone, were highly praised and endorsed by famous musicians, his company had gone brankrupt, leaving him faced with insurmountable financial problems.
Billie Holiday, with Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra, records Gloomy Sunday, Love Me Or Leave Me, I Cover The Waterfront and Jim for OKeh/Columbia Records in New York City, USA. Gloomy Sunday will require an extraordinary reputation as a song which causes people to commit suicide.
Steven 'Jesse' Bernstein is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find a measure of fame as an underground writer and performance artist, best-known for his recordings with Sub Pop Records and his close relationship with William S. Burroughs. Bernstein's substance abuse issues and mental illness will ultimately result in his 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.
Darren Burn is born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK, Europe. His parents will groom him to be a British answer to teenybop idol Donny Osmond but his career will flop and he will commit suicide by taking an overdose of anti-depressants at the age of thirty.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The ABC, Hull, UK. The show was 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.
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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, Kingston, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, butDon 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 Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, 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 the final night of a package tour at The Empire, Liverpool, 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.
Having completed a post-mortem investigation, Gavin Thurston, coroner for the City of Westminster, reports the official cause of the death of Jimi Hendrix to have been inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication. He also reports that he found no evidence of an intention to commit suicide.
Ben Pollack, the jazz bandleader known as 'The Father Of Swing', commits suicide by hanging himself in Palm Springs, California, USA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rock'n'roll vocalist Larry Williams, famed for hits like Bonie Moronie and Short Fat Fannie, dies, five days after being found dying of a gunshot wound in his Los Angeles, California, USA, home. Friends insist that he was the victim of an assassination by an organized crime syndicate, but a verdict of suicide is returned.
Joy Division have a gig at Derby Hall, Bury, UK, but their singer, Ian Curtis, is in hospital, having attempted suicide the night before.
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The M.A.S.H. reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Theme From M.A.S.H. (Suicide Is Painless).
New York electronic punk duo Suicide release a new cassette-only album, Half Alive.
Danny Rapp, leader of 50s rock'n'roll band Danny and the Juniors, commits suicide in Parker, Arizona, USA, by shooting himself, aged 42.
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 California appeals court upholds the decision to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of Jack McCollum, a young man who had killed himself while listening to Ozzy's song Suicide Solution.
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.
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.
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.
Guitarist Hideto Matsumoto [aka Hide] of the group X Japan is found dead, hanging from a towel tied to a doorknob in his apartment in Tokyo, Japan, Asia. His death will be recorded by the authorities as suicide. Within days three fans will die in copycat suicides, and 50,000 people will attended his funeral at Tsukiji Hongan-ji.
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, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. Wilkinson's death will inspire Howard Jones, who worked with him for some while, to write the song You Knew Us So Well.
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Acclaimed jazz-pop interpretative vocalist Susannah McCorkle commits suicide by jumping from the window of her New York City apartment, after penning a suicide note.
A series of four co-ordinated suicide attacks on the USA, usually referred to as The 9/11 Attacks, take place in New York City and Washington, D.C. Terrorists from the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda hijack four passenger jets and deliberately crash two of them, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Another plane, American Airlines Flight 77, is crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers attempt to take control before it can reach its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 people die in the attacks. Several songs will be written about the attacks including The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, Let's Roll by Neil Youn, Wall Street by Van Dyke Parks and This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag by Charlie Daniels. The track 9-11-01 by Soulfly consists of one minute of silence. Several songs on Trouble Is Real, the debut LP by Johnathan Rice, are about the attacks, including City On Fire, Put Me In Your Holy War, and Salvation Day.
The Six Parts Seven and The Black Keys release a joint EP, The Six Parts Seven/The Black Keys, on Suicide S queeze records in the USA.
Folk Singer Judy Collins publishes her memoir, Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength, via Tarcher Books in the USA.
Electronic rock pioneers Suicide play at La Ga
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.
Country star Mindy McCready is rushed to hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, having apparently tried to kill herself by overdosing on antidepressants.
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.
Mark Linkous, 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.
Music fan Michael Edward Pickels of San Jose commits suicide by jumping three stories to land on the stage during a Swell Season show at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
Ken Schoppmeyer an acclaimed blues harmonica player who led the King Biscuit Blues band for over ten years, commits suicide in a hotel room in Oceanside, San Diego, California, USA, aged 60.
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.
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.
Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, is 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.
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.
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