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? Joan Rivers tops our list. In 1987, Joan Rivers’ 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 Courtney Love 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.
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
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
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.”
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’s wife and Jane Fonda’s mother, Frances Ford Seymour, committed suicide in 1950.Source
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
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