Whether they die a natural death or by a disease or even by their own hands, celebrities often fail to overcome their personal demons that come along fame and fortune. Take a look at 15 celebrities who have survived suicide attempts:
15. Owen Wilson
Best known for Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights and Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson proved that even comedy stars can have a bad day or two. In 2007, the actor was rushed to St. John’s Health Center following a suicide attempt.
Santa Monica police received a phone call from Owen’s residence about the suicide attempt as the actor had taken an overdose of pills and slit his wrist. The actor underwent treatment for depression and it cost him his role in Tropic Thunder, which was directed, produced and starred his most frequent collaborator, Ben Stiller.
14. Halle Berry
As the only woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress to date, Halle Berry made history in the movie industry but that almost did not happen as the actress once revealed that she attempted suicide.
Opening up to People magazine, the actress stated,
“I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me.”
Nothing short of an inspiration, Barry’s mother raised her on her own after getting divorced when the actress was just four years old.
13. Elton John
With an illustrious career that has spanned more than fifty years, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records and made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music and charitable amenities.
Despite all that, even the British musician once attempted suicide as his longtime song writing partner Bernie Taupin once found him sticking his head in a gas stove to inhale its toxic gas.
Saving him before the damage could be done, the two musicians – not so surprisingly – wrote and produced a song about the whole incident titled “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.”
12. Ashton Kutcher
Unlike the rest of the entries in the list, the Two and a Half Men star never actually attempted suicide but contemplated committing it so he could donate his heart to save his brother who needed one for a transplant.
Considering to jump from the balcony of Cedar Rapids hospital, the doctors announced that a donor was found from an accident victim in another state and Kutcher did not have to think about sacrificing his heart again.
11. Scott Stapp (Creed)
Lead vocalist of post-grunge band Creed was on the verge of contemplating suicide after drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Scott Stapp went as far as retrieving two MP5 submachine guns and shooting his head off but stopped after looking at the picture of his son.
“I had crazy thoughts going through my head,”
admits the rockstar who thought that his death would not only increase record sales but also make him a “Kurt Cobain martyr-type”.
10. Kurt Cobain
Speaking of Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana front man allegedly died by a suicide attempt but it is definitely interesting to note that he tried it a month before his death. While in Rome with his wife Courtney Love, Cobain had overdosed on a combination of Rohypnol and champagne.
The rockstar was immediately rushed to a hospital where he remained unconscious for the entire day and released after five days. According to Love, the motive behind the act was definitely a “suicidal urge.”
Due to the mysteries surrounding Cobain’s death which is officially ruled as a suicide, it is interesting to note that the rockstar would often record movies in his youth with his Super-8 camera. One scene in particular depicts Cobain committing suicide.
9. Oprah Winfrey
Long before becoming a billionaire, being synonymous with power and standing as a hope for women all over the globe, Oprah Winfrey had to face a devastating childhood as her family was drenched in poverty.
Pregnant at 14, Oprah decided to end her life and her baby’s by drinking a detergent. Oprah survived as obviously, fate certainly had much bigger plans for her in the future.
8. Drew Barrymore
Starring in a dog food commercial when she was just 11 months and starting her film career at the age of five, Drew Barrymore entered the rebellious phase at a very young age because of the tremendous fame.
Smoking at the age of nine, drinking at the age of eleven, smoking marijuana at the age of twelve and snorting cocaine at the age of thirteen became responsible of her appearing at the headlines instead of her movies.
Entering rehab at the age of fourteen, all seemed fine when Barrymore departed but soon slit her wrist with a kitchen knife as a suicide attempt. The actress survived and was strong enough to leave her drug habits aside.