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Suicide

Maggie Jones records Suicide Blues and Dangerous Blues for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Boruch Alan Bermowitz is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find international acclaim as Alan Vega, co-founder of pioneering electro-punk duo 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, 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.
Apparently having suffered a nervous breakdown, the great American vocalist Paul Robeson attempts suicide in his hotel room in Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Globe, Stockton, 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 the ABC, Cambridge, 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.
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.
Ben Pollack, the jazz bandleader known as 'The Father Of Swing', commits suicide by hanging himself in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Rory Storm, leader of the Liverpool, UK, beat era band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes which boasted Ringo Starr (later of The Beatles) on drums, dies from an overdose of sleeping pills, taken in a suicide pact with his mother. On the same day, UK hard-rock quartet Free spend the first of four days recording Wishing Well at Island Studios, London.
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."
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.'
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.
Ian Curtis of UK band Joy Division attempts suicide by taking an overdose of phenobarbitone.
Darby Crash, leader of seminal Los Angeles, California, USA, punk band The Germs, dies of a heroin overdose in a suicide pact.
New York electronic punk duo Suicide release a new cassette-only album, Half Alive.
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.
Richard Manuel, pianist for The Band, hangs himself from a shower curtain rod in a motel room in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, after playing a show in the Cheek To Cheek lounge.
Actress-singer Dalida is found dead from a deliberately self-administered overdose of barbiturates in her apartment in Paris, France, Europe. A suicide note nearby reads, "Life is unbearable. Forgive me." She had first found success in 1954 with her international hit single Bambina, and eventually sold over 85m records worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard goes to Buckingham Palace, London, to collect a knighthood. On the same day, Hole singer Courtney Love and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are sued by a German promoter over Nirvana's failure to perform concerts after Kurt Cobain's suicide in April of the previous year.
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."
Jim Ellison, frontman of Chicago-based 90s alternative rock band Material Issue, commits suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his car in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The reasons for his suicide are not made public.
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.
Derrick Hand, State Coroner of New South Wales, Australia, Oceania, presents his report into the death of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS. The report rules that Hutchence's death was a suicide while depressed and under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics dies, aged 48, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Storrs, Connecticut, USA.
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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.
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 by Flyleaf is a response to the Columbine tragedy. Cassie Bernall was a student at Columbine High School who died in the massacre. Youth Of A Nation by P.O.D. is also a response to Columbine and a list of contemporary cultural references to Columbine can be found by clicking here.
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 by Flyleaf is a response to the Columbine tragedy. Cassie Bernall was a student at Columbine High School who died in the massacre.
Kimberly Mathers, wife of rap star Eminem, is released from Mt. Clemens General Hospital, Michigan, where she had spent the night following a suicide attempt.
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.
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.
Arctic Monkeys release their third single, Leave Before The Lights Come On, on Domino Records in the UK.
At the murder trial of legendary record producer Phil Spector in Los Angeles, California, USA, gunshot wound expert Dr Vincent DiMaio tells the court that, in his opinion, actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide.
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.
Acclaimed and successful novelist, playwright and singer-songwriter Charlotte Greig (aka Charlotte Williams) dies aged sixty, by committing suicide, nine months after being diagnosed with cancer.
This Will Destroy You release the album Another Language on Suicide Squeeze Records in the USA.
Rock drummer Johnny Toobad, aged 55, falls to his death from the top of a shopping centre in Bayswater, London, UK. Toobad (real name John Elichaoff) was best-known as the drummer for Stark Naked And The Car Thieves and The League Of Gentlemen. He had been talked down from the same ledge two weeks earlier by police officers.
The body of Chester Bennington, frontman of Linkin Park, is found in Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles, California, USA, having hanged himself at the age of 41.
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Professor Green releases a new single, Photographs, in connection with which he requests that his fans should send him photographs of friends and relatives who have died. The song deals with the suicide of Green's father, and how Green wishes he had taken more photographs of his father before he died.
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