Famous Suicides Introduction

About some famous suicides, an introduction to the subject with some statistics and figures about the number of suicides.

Some Well-Known Suicides

"Many die too late, and some die too early. The maxim: die at the right time still sounds foreign to us."--Friedrich Nietzsche

An average of 70 people a day, nearly 26,000 a year, kill themselves in the U.S. Worldwide, the number of known suicides reaches about 1,000 per day. The number of attempted suicides is 10 times greater than the number of those that succeed.

Every era, every society, has been troubled and perplexed by man's deliberate decision to end his life. Suicide knows no boundaries. It cuts across the spectrum of human life without regard for age, sex, race, nationality, or status.

Following are capsule accounts of some prominent--and some less prominent--men and women who have chosen suicide as the only alternative to their "dilemma of living."

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