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    11. Feb. 2015, 22:29

    Mitja Nikisch, 37
    Mitja Nikisch Tanz Orchester
    born in Leipzig, Germany on May 21, 1899 and died in Venice, Italy on August 5, 1936.
    Son of the celebrated classical conductor Arthur Nikisch and himself a respected classical pianist, had created a fine, popular dance ensemble in the '20s, the Mitja Nikisch Tanz Orchester, which played in prominent venues. The Nazi regime brought about its demise, leading Nikisch to commit suicide in 1936.

    Leon Chappelear: Age 53
    aka Leon Chappel
    despondent over a career gone sour. He shot himself in the face with a shotgun

    Bobby Fuller, 24
    Bobby Fuller (October 22, 1942 – July 18, 1966) was an American rock singer and guitar player best known for his classic "I Fought the Law".
    Just after "I Fought The Law" became a top ten hit, Bobby Fuller was found dead in a parked automobile near his Los Angeles home. The police considered the death an apparent suicide, however many people still believe Fuller was murdered. He was found with multiple wounds all over his body and covered in gasoline leading many to speculate that the perpetrators fled before they could set the car on fire.

    Joe Meek: Age 35
    (b. 1929, d. 3 Feb 1967)
    No one made weirder space recordings or more heartfelt death discs than Joe Meek, so it's no surprise that his own demise was dramatic and more than a little spaced out. On February 3, 1967--eight years to the day that Meek's idol Buddy Holly perished in an airplane crash--a crazed Joe took his shotgun and opened fire on his landlady. After sending her lifeless body spiraling down a flight of stairs (without last month's rent), he turned the weapon around and, blasting his own face off, he became the only rock 'n' roll suicide ever to take a hostage. Prior to his untidy demise, Meek was a hotly contested suspect in another grisly murder, this one involving a dismembered youth found in several suitcases left strewn about the British countryside. ~From Earth Reinherits Joe Meek by Serene Dominic

    Alan Wilson: Age 27
    Canned Heat
    (b. 4 July 1943, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; vocals/harmonica/guitar).
    Wilson was an extraordinary harmonica player, with a fat tone and great vibrato. His work on guitar, especially in open tunings (he played on Son House's rediscovery recordings of the mid-'60s, incidentally) gave the band a depth and texture that most other rhythm players could only aspire to. The band members were rocked by the suicide of Wilson, whose body was found in Hite's backyard on 3 September 1970.

    Libby Holman:
    carbon monoxide poisoning
    Strong, daring, "dark" and impetuous, this feisty Jewish woman led a rich public life touching a dizzying array of people, from Montgomery Clift, to Alice B. Toklas, to close friends Jane and Paul Bowles. From a deep sense of personal commitment to racial justice, she later made contributions to the civil rights movement as both an artist and a wealthy benefactor, helping to finance Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to India to meet Mahatma Ghandi. Known as the "Statue of Libby," she carried one of the smokiest torches of American music-hall society in the twenties and thirties and was the inventor of the strapless evening dress. Murder, millionaires, death and suicide were morbid recurrent themes in Libby Holman's life, reaching tabloid proportions. Scandal, however, was not only the operative mode of Holman's personal life; she also produced scandal on the stage, combining race, sound, and sexuality

    Paul Williams: Age 34
    The Temptations
    shot himself in 1973, after years of depression and drug abuse

    Nick Drake: Age 26
    was found dead in his bedroom. Although the coroner's verdict was suicide, relatives and acquaintances feel that his overdose of a prescribed drug. A questionable suicide note was found on a napkin in the studio. He overdosed on manic depressant medication.

    Pete Ham: Age 27
    the next year when Pete Ham same band took his life

    Graham Bond: Age 36
    Graham Bond Organization
    He committed suicide by throwing himself into the path of a London Underground train in 1974. -- Richie Unterberger, All-Music Guide

    Phil Ochs: Age 35
    He was attacked during a tour of Africa and an attempted strangulation permanently impaired his singing voice. Beset by a chronic songwriting block, Phil sought solace in alcohol... he later succumbed to schizophrenia
    was found hanged at his sister's home

    Sonny Criss: Age 50
    Sonny Criss was influenced by Charlie Parker but had his own heavier sound.
    due to the pain of cancer, he chose to commit suicide in 1977

    Mel Street: Age 45
    played clubs and honky tonks, and he recorded his song, Borrowed Angel, for a small label in 1970. Two years later it was reissued and became a US country hit
    he shot himself on his 45th birthday George Jones sang Amazing Grace at his funeral

    Frank Rosolino:Age 52
    One of the top trombonists of the 1950s, Rosolino's fluid and often-humorous style put him near the top of his field for awhile
    life ended (killing himself after shooting his two sons

    Sid Vicious, 21
    Sex Pistols
    On the morning of October 12, 1978, he awoke from a drugged stupor to find Spungen dead on the bathroom floor of their room (room 100) in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City. She had suffered a single stab wound to her abdomen and apparently bled to death. He was arrested and charged with her murder although he said he had no memory of the event.
    On February 2, 1979, a small gathering to celebrate his bail was held at the home of his girlfriend, Michelle Robinson, whom he'd started living with the day he got out of Bellevue Hospital the previous October. During his time at Rikers Island jail, he had been weaned off heroin, and was clean. However, at the dinner gathering, he obtained some heroin from his mother and overdosed that night.
    Dr. Baden claims Vicious' lungs were filled with fluid and water, which is common for someone who has overdosed on heroin. Ultimately, Vicious drowned in his own fluids. Others say Sid's death was a suicide, as he had overdosed more than once.

    Donny Hathaway: Age 33
    Originally schooled in the gospel tradition, this versatile artist majored in musical theory before performing in a cocktail jazz trio
    compositions were recorded by such acts as Aretha Franklin and Jerry Butler, but Hathaway is best remembered for his cool duets with Roberta Flack. Their complementary voices were honed to perfection on Where Is The Love (1972) and The Closer I Get To You (1978), both of which reached the US Top 5.
    Hathaway threw himself from the 15th floor of New York's Essex House hotel


    Ian Curtis: Age 23
    Joy Division
    the eve of Joy Division's proposed visit to America, Ian Curtis was found hanged

    Darby Crash: Age 22
    punk band the Germs was formed in April 1977 and quickly became one of the most popular and influential in that area of music. The group disbanded in early 1980 but reformed later that year. A week after their first reunion concert, however, singer Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose

    Chuck Wagon, Age 24
    The Dickies
    He shot himself. He was a multi-instrumentalist.

    Tom Evans: Age 36
    Tom Evans committed suicide [by hanging] at his Surrey home. Like Pete Ham he had been suffering from depression and financial worries

    Danny Rapp: Age 41
    Danny & The Juniors
    their song Do The Bop came to the attention of Dick Clark who suggested it be changed to At The Hop
    committed suicide by gunshot

    Richard Manuel: Age 42
    The Band
    hanged himself in a motel room
    "Manuel apparently had been threatening suicide for quite some time. His 'suicide attempts' were viewed by all as cries for help, nothing more.

    John Spence, 18
    No Doubt
    was a founding member and lead vocalist of the then 2 Tone-ska band No Doubt, along with Eric Stefani who had his younger sister Gwen Stefani sing backing vocals.
    On December 21, 1987, at the age of 18, Spence committed suicide by shooting himself with a gun in a park, only a few days before they were going to play a big industry gig at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood. The reason behind his suicide is believed by his bandmates partially to be because of all the pressure he must have put on himself as the frontman.
    As this was early in No Doubt's existence, he therefore never appeared on any of the band's albums.

    Zohar Argov, 32
    Zohar Argov (Hebrew: זוהר ארגוב‎, born Zohar Orkabi on July 16. 1955, died 6 November 1987) was a popular Israeli singer and a distinctive voice in the Mizrahi music scene.
    His career was dotted with creative and personal lapses that were caused by his heroin addiction, which eventually led to his death at the age of 32. His musical achievements overshadowed his personal problems. His ability to sing heartbreaking versions of his songs in live performances, even when under the influence of drugs, allowed a blind eye to be turned to his addictive rampages, which ended up destroying his personal relationships.
    Argov committed suicide in his jail cell following arrest on rape charges.
    Ironically, he died at dawn, a few hours after his appearance on a popular Israeli television talk show, where he discussed his life and drug problems.

    Roy Buchanan: Age 48
    The son of a preacher, Buchanan discovered gospel music through the influence of traveling revivalists....
    two of his finest (and longest) outings; the pulsating Green Onions featured shared solos with the song's co-composer Steve Cropper and the extraordinary Ramon's Blues (again with Cropper). His trademark was a battered Fender Telecaster guitar. Buchanan was never comfortable with the role of virtuoso. A shy, reticent individual, he made several unsuccessful suicide attempts before hanging himself in a police cell in 1988, following his arrest on a drunk-driving charge

    Del Shannon: Age 55
    From the plethora of clean, American, post doo-wop male vocalists to find enormous success in the early '60s
    severely depressed Shannon pointed a .22 calibre rifle to his head and pulled the trigger

    Douglas Hopkins: Age 32
    Gin Blossoms
    After struggling for years against depression and alcoholism, chief songwriter Hopkins' behaviour had became so unstable that it was necessary to eject him from the band. His departure came in April 1992, soon after recording sessions for the album were completed
    he left a detox unit in Phoenix, Arizona, and shot himself


    Kurt Cobain: Age 27
    His descent into self-destruction accelerated in 1994 as he went into a coma during dates in Italy (it was later confirmed that this had all the markings of a failed suicide attempt), before returning to Seattle to shoot himself

    Tommy Boyce: Age 55
    Boyce recorded for RCA Records and had one self-written charting single, "I'll Remember Carol" b/w "Too Late For Tears" peak at #80 Pop on Billboard's charts in fall 1962.He began writing with Bobby Hart, with their first success being "Come A Little Bit Closer," a 1964 #3 Pop smash for Jay and the Americans.

    Danny Gatton: Age 49
    Danny Gatton is Washington D.C.'s musical legend, described in the Washington Post Magazine as"The Greatest Guitarist You've Never Heard." Danny is well-known to the likes of Chet Atkins, Les Paul, and Buddy Emmons. He was once on the cover of Guitar Player magazine as part of a feature called "Unknown Greats
    Danny died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Phyllis Hyman: Age 45
    silky-voiced, jazz-influenced singer, and gradually moved into slick, heavily produced Urban Contemporary ballads and light dance numbers
    Phyllis was diagnosed as being "bi-polar", a medical term for someone who suffers from the dis-ease of manic-depression. As she got older, her dis-ease became more and more difficult for her to manage. She elected not to use pharmaceutical medication. She elected to self medicate. Her self medication distorted her dis-ease more and more, until she felt helpless about ever being able to recover from it

    Philip Taylor Kramer: Age 42
    Iron Butterfly
    The bassist disappeared without a trace in 1995. Four years later hikers in LA found his remains in a car at the bottom of a 200 foot ravine. Kramer was also working on guidance systems for the MX missile for the US government. Prior to his discovery, many theories abounded regarding his sudden and unexplained disappearance.

    Jim Ellison: Age 31
    Material Issue
    Long before the Smashing Pumpkins became Chicago's most famous export, Material Issue was doing its part to put the Windy City on the musical map
    suffocated himself in his garage with carbon monoxide fumes from his moped

    Chris Acland: Age 30
    (b. 7 September 1966, d. October 96)
    Tragically, Chris committed suicide at his parents home in Cumbria in October 1996.

    Jason Thirsk: Age 28
    former bassist and co-founder of the California punk band Pennywise
    From the start of PENNYWISE Jason wanted to make it a positive band with positive, uplifting lyrics and more melodic music...From 1988 to 1996 Jason...used his music and writing as a form of therapy to help him get over his own problems and addictions
    gunshot wound/suicide

    Faron Young: Age 64
    Faron Young had one of the longest-running and most popular careers in country music history. Emerging in the early '50s, Young was one of the most popular honky tonkers to appear in the wake of Hank Williams' death, partially because he was able to smooth out some of the grittiest elements his music
    Young was stricken with a debilitating emphysema. Depressed by his poor health, he shot himself on December 9, 1996 and passed away the next day.


    Nick Traina: Age 19
    Link 80, Knowledge
    He was the subject of his mother Danielle Steel's book, His Bright Light. "When Nick Traina died, he was 19 years old, just starting up a new band, and dealing with the ills of manic depression
    succumbed to a heroin addiction, and died of suicide

    Michael Hutchence: Age 37
    INXS had been rehearsing for their 20th anniversary tour. All those close to the singer report that he had been in high spirits in the days prior to his suicide
    hanged himself in Ritz-Carlton Hotel room with his leather belt.

    Billy MacKenzie, 39
    The Ascorbic Ones, The Associates, Billy MacKenzie
    MacKenzie collaborated with more than a few artists during his career, including contributions to seminal Swiss outfit Yello's "One Second" album in 1987. MacKenzie provided vocals and wrote lyrics for two tracks on that release, and one "The Rhythm Divine" became a hit European single when legendary diva Shirley Bassey was recruited for vocals.
    On January 22, 1997, depression and the death of his mother are believed to have contributed to MacKenzie's suicide. He overdosed on prescription drugs in his father's garden shed. He was 39 years old.

    Oupa Mafokate "Makhendlas": Age 27
    shot himself in the head. Mafokate -- known as Makhendlas -- was a rising star of kwaito -- a rap-derived music seen as a symbol of black empowerment.

    Brian O'Hara: Age 58

    Larry Troutman, 54
    Most recently, Roger Troutman was used by 2Pac and Dr. Dre for their 1996 award-winning collaboration "California Love."
    murderd his brother then hisself

    Carlos Vega: Age 41
    James Taylor
    Vega had recorded and/or performed with Freddy Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Lee Ritenour, Vince Gill, Reba McIntire, Olivia Newton-John (including the "Grease" soundtrack), Larry Carlton, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, and Randy Newman
    self-inflicted gunshot wound on the eve of a scheduled April 8 appearance with James Taylor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show,"


    Rozz Williams: 34
    Christian Death
    Shadow Project
    hanged himself


    Wendy O. Williams: Age 48
    theatrical hardcore band which incorporated such violent acts as blowing up Cadillacs and chain sawing guitars in half into its performances.
    shot herself in the woods by her home

    Hide, 33
    X Japan
    Hideto Matsumoto died on May 2, 1998. After a night out drinking, he was found hanged with a towel tied to a doorknob in his Tokyo apartment, his death shocking the Japanese public. Three fans died in copycat suicides

    Adrian Borland: Age 41
    The Outsiders, Second Layer, The Sound, Honolulu Mountain Daffodils
    (b.1957, d. 26 April 1999, London)
    On April 26th. 1999 Adrian Borland died. [He] committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train in London on early Monday morning. He was right in the middle of the recording session for his new solo album.


    Kevin Wilkinson: Age 41
    Squeeze / Waterboys
    Squeeze and Waterboys drummer
    hanged self at his home

    E. William Tucker: Age 38
    Ministry, Pigface,
    Initial reports indicate that he had taken pills and afterwards slit his own throat. His body was discovered by his roommate, along with a 10-page suicide note

    Screaming Lord Sutch: Age 58
    (b. David Edward Sutch
    Worked with Keith Moon, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Charlie Watts & Nicky Hopkins - Holds the record for running for public office in the UK (Lost all 40 elections) - Founder of The Monster Raving Loony Party
    Hanged himself

    Erik Brødreskift, 29
    Immortal, Borknagar, Gorgoroth
    He committed suicide by taking an overdose of pills.

    Andre Dede Fortin: Age 38
    Les Colocs
    known as Dede to his friends and fans, was a songwriter and the lead singer of the group Les Colocs
    Quebec singer Andre Dede Fortin died from a self-inflicted wound

    Susannah Mccorkle: Age 55
    sultry voiced pop-jazz singer who brought a rare literary refinement to popular standards
    She had left a suicide note, jumped to her death


    J.J. Johnson: Age 77
    Considered as much a revelation on slide trombone as Charlie Parker was on the saxophone, Johnson also was a top arranger and composer

    Herman Brood: Age 55
    a well known artist and a top musician on the Dutch rock scene for 30 years, jumped to his death from the roof of an Amsterdam hotel

    Stuart Adamson, 43
    The Skids, Big Country
    In 1999 Stuart Adamson disappeared for a time before resurfacing, stating that he had needed some time off. His family reportedly "knew where he was" during this period, leading some to speculate that he was in rehab. In November 2001, while undergoing a divorce with his second wife, Adamson disappeared again, this time to the great concern of his ex-wife Sandra and manager, Ian Grant. They initiated an international search, appealing to fans who might have been drinking with the singer to encourage him to telephone home. On December 16, 2001 he was found dead, by self-strangulation, in a room at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Steve MacDonald: Age 31
    Steve MacDonald, drummer for the long-running Canadian death metal act GORGUTS, reportedly hanged himself on Oct. 21, 2002 after battling depression for a few years.

    Johannes Kerkorrel: Age 42
    Born: Ralph John Rabie
    South African music icon Johannes Kerkorrel is dead. He hanged himself
    "I hope you can forgive me, Mom, I really do not have the strength to carry on. I pray that the Lord will forgive me and that you will be able to understand and accept as time goes by." This was the last wish of Ralph Rabie, better known as Johannes Kerkorrel, expressed in a letter written to his mother before he committed suicide in a forested area... He told her there was no other way.
    To his partner Demetrios Demetriou he wrote: "I do not have any other option. I am in such a deep state of depression that I see no future for myself."


    Jon Lee: Age 33
    hanged himself in his Miami home

    Elliott Smith: Age 34
    singer-songwriter whose dark, introspective songs won him critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination
    single stab wound to the chest ..... self-inflicted

    Gary Stewart: Age 58
    One of country music's greatest honky-tonk singers ..
    Ramblin' Man," the song by his idols the Allman Brothers
    self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Jason Raize, Age 28
    Broadway singer
    played the older Simba in the original
    Broadway company of "The Lion King," death caused by suicide.

    James Lawrence, Age 26
    Hope of the States
    Musician found hanged at studio

    Robert Quine, 64
    Robert W. Quine (December 30, 1942 – May 31, 2004) was an American guitarist, known for his innovative guitar solos.
    His collaborators include Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Lou Reed (notably on The Blue Mask), Brian Eno (on Nerve Net), John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Marianne Faithfull (Strange Weather), Lloyd Cole, Tom Waits (Rain Dogs), Matthew Sweet, Odds, Jody Harris {Escape}, and many more, including a rare 7" by Lester Bangs.
    Quine continued recording into his 60s. Depressed after the death of his wife Alice in August 2003, Quine committed suicide by heroin overdose in his New York home on May 31, 2004.

    Paul Hester, 46
    Split Enz, Crowded House
    On March 26, 2005, Hester committed suicide. He was 46. Hester had split from the mother of his two daughters (aged 4 and 10 at the time of his death). It was well known to family and close friends that he had been suffering from depression for a number of years, and he was known for his extreme mood swings.

    Vince Welnick, 33
    Grateful Dead
    Vince Welnick committed suicide on June 2, 2006

    Brad Delp
    Delp was married and divorced twice, and had two children by his second wife. He had been a vegetarian for over thirty years and had contributed to a number of charitable causes. He had been set to marry Pamela Sullivan, his girlfriend of seven years.
    On March 9, 2007, Delp was found dead in his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire. Delp died from the smoke of two charcoal grills he lit inside his sealed bathroom. He was found by police lying on a pillow on his bathroom floor with a suicide note pinned to his shirt. The official cause of death was listed as carbon monoxide poisoning. That day, the official web site for the band was taken down and replaced with the statement: "We've just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll."
    Delp left private notes to all his family members and a public note that read: "Mr. Brad Delp. Je suis une âme solitaire. I am a lonely soul."
    A tribute concert featuring his former band mates took place on August 19, 2007, the day after his marriage was to have taken place.