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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.
Maggie Jones records Suicide Blues and Dangerous Blues for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
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.
During a round-table radio show in America, Columbia Records 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.
At The Granada Theatre, East Ham, UK, a package tour sets off including Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls. Stars of the show are supposed to be TheEverly Brothers, but Don has collapsed after an attempted suicide, leaving Phil Everly to continue in the headline spot alone.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The ABC, Lincoln, 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 Gaumont, Ipswich, 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.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at Colston Hall, Bristol, 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 Hippodrome, Brimingham, 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.
The Toggery Five release a new single, I'm Gonna Jump, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
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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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.
Jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler disappears in New York City, USA. His body will be found in the East River on the 25th of the month, and his death will be ruled as suicide.
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."
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.
Janet Vogel Rapp, vocalist with 50's hitmakers The Skyliners, is found dead in her car in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, having committed suicide the previous day. In recent years she had been suffering severe mental disorders.
Darby Crash, leader of seminal Los Angeles, California, USA, punk band The Germs, dies of a heroin overdose in a suicide pact.
A young girl suffering from memory loss is prevented from committing suicide by jumping from the Severn Bridge, Bristol, England, UK, Europe. A newspaper report of the incident will provoke Fish of UK prog-rock band Marillion to write the songs which will be released as the album Brave.
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.
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.
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.
Ozzy Osbourne is cleared in an Atlanta, Georgia, USA, court of "culpably exciting" a young fan to shoot himself by listening to Ozzy's 1986 song Suicide Solution.
Underground writer and performance artist Steven 'Jesse' Bernstein commits suicide at his home in Neah Bay, Washington, USA, by stabbing himself in the throat three times with a knife. Despite serious substance abuse issues and mental illness, Bernstein had found a measure of fame because of his recordings with Sub Pop Records and his close relationship with William S. Burroughs.
The death certificate for Kurt Cobain of Nirvana states the cause of his death to have been "Contact perforating shotgun wound to head (mouth)".
Country recording star Faron Young 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."
Monika Dannemann, who had been a girlfriend of both Jimi Hendrix and Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions, commits suicide at the age of 50, by inhaling carbon monoxide in her Mercedes at her home in Sussex, England, UK, Europe. Two days earlier, Dannemann had been found guilty of contempt of court for breaching an order of the High Court of England and Wales not to repeat allegations she had previously made against another of Hendrix's girlfriends, Kathy Etchingham.
Alan Vega of pioneering electro-punk duo Suicide dies in his sleep, aged 72, in New York City, USA.
Anne Beverley, mother of Sid Vicious, bassist of The Sex Pistols, commits suicide at home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK.
Country recording star Faron Young attempts suicide by shooting himself in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The funeral of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, is held at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, Australia, Oceania. His casket is carried out of the cathedral by members of INXS and by his younger brother, Rhett. Nick Cave, a friend of Hutchence, performs his 1997 song, Into My Arms, during the funeral.
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.
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.
Having long suffered from depression, Adrian Borland, founder of acclaimed bands including The Sound, The Outsiders and Second Layer, commits suicide at the age of 41 by jumping into the path of an oncoming train at Wimbledon Station, Wimbledon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Folk Singer Judy Collins publishes her memoir, Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength, via Tarcher Books in the USA.
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.
Four bombs are detonated in a series of co-ordinated suicide attacks by terrorists in London, UK. Fifty-two people, including the four bombers, are killed and over 700 more are injured. The 2008 song, Days Of Fire by Nitin Sawhney, is described as his first-hand account of the London bombings.
Country star Mindy McCready is rushed to hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, having apparently tried to kill herself by overdosing on antidepressants.
Brad Delp, vocalist for the band Boston, commits suicide, aged 55, from carbon monoxide poisoning. He is found dead, with his head on a pillow on the floor of his sealed bathroom, in his home on Academy Avenue in Atkinson, New Hampshire, USA. He had lit two charcoal grills in the bathroom and died from smoke inhalation.
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.
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.
Robbie Williams' hairdresser Aaron Vickers is found dead, hanging in woodland near Williams' $8.5m mansion in Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Polly Samson, wife of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, helps police to rescue a man attempting to commit suicide in freezing water near her beach-side home in Hove, East Sussex, UK. The man - who resisted being rescued - is then taken to the Royal Sussex Country Hospital, where he is arrested and sectioned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Will Destroy You release the album Another Language on Suicide Squeeze Records in the UK.
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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