7 Celebrities Whose Spouses Committed Suicide

Several famous musicians, actresses, and comedians have been married to someone who committed suicide. Some of these celebrity spouses struggled with depression for years, while others’ suicide seemed to result from drug and alcohol addictions.

Who is the most famous person whose husband committed suicide? tops our list. In 1987, ’ husband Edgar Rosenberg took his own life by ingesting a combination of Valium and alcohol. They had been married since 1965. Other famous suicide widows include and Jean Harlow.

Several famous men have had a wife who committed suicide. On May 28, 1998, Brynn Hartman shot and killed her husband Phil Hartman. Later that day, she took her own life. The Hartmans left behind two children in the tragedy. In 1976, Jackson Browne’s wife Phyllis Major committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. He wrote the song “Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate” about her death.

Joan Rivers

In 1987, Joan Rivers’s husband, Edgar Rosenberg, took his own life by ingesting a combination of Valium and alcohol. They had been married since 1965.Source

Courtney Love

On April 5, 1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun. The 27-year old is remembered by his wife, Courtney Love, and their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain.Source

Jean Harlow

In 1932, just months after marrying Jean Harlow, MGM executive Paul Bern committed suicide by shooting himself. He reportedly left a suicide note which read, “Dearest Dear: Unfortunately this is the only way to make good the frightful wrong I have done you and to wipe out my abject humiliation. You understand that last night was only a comedy.” 

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Phil Hartman

On May 28, 1998, Brynn Hartman shot and killed her husband, SNL actor and comedian Phil Hartman. Later that day, she took her own life. The Hartmans left behind two children in the tragedy.Source

Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda’s wife and Jane Fonda’s mother, Frances Ford Seymour, committed suicide in 1950.Source

Jackson Browne

In 1976, Jackson Browne’s wife, Phyllis Major, committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. He wrote the song “Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate” about her death.Source

Carson McCullers

Author Carson McCullers had a suicide pact with her husband, Reeves McCullers. She decided to prioritize her own health and went the the U.S. while he remained in Europe. Reeves committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills in 1953.Source

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