Is Suicide Really a Way Out?
Even though some famous personalities have resorted to ending their own lives, it is definitely not worth it.
Suicide has been a trending topic during recent years, because more and more people have started resorting to it over time. Surprisingly, in many cases it is the most envied of personalities that end up claiming their lives, while the world thinks they have everything they could ever want.
One case that shook so many people across the globe was that of Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014).
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 11, 2014
Found lifeless in his apartment by his personal assistant, Williams is said to have claimed his life as a result of suffering from Lewy body dementia. However, many have added that depression may have played a role in his death as well.
While so many fans mourned the death of the face of Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire, analysts grew concerned of the rise in “copycat suicide”; media coverage of Robin Williams’ death resulted in a ten-percentage increase in the US suicide rate during the following four months.
Another death that left people stunned was that of Linkin Park’s lead singer, Chester Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017).
RIP Chester. Heart goes out to the entire Linkin Park family. Having a moment of silence.
— The Glitch Mob (@theglitchmob) July 20, 2017
Talinda Bennington, the widow of the late Linkin Park frontman, mentioned how Chester had been upset because of the death of his close friend, Chris Cornell – a suicide just months before his own.
Other than that, Chester had been an alcohol-addict, and Ryan Shuck – guitarist of Dead by Sunrise – predicted that Bennington might have consumed some alcohol before his death. This assumption was confirmed by the finding of two empty beer bottles in Bennington’s room. “I knew instantly that that drink triggered that shame, triggered a lifetime of unhealthy neural pathways”, said Talinda.
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was one of America’s most renowned writers, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Ernes was not only famous for his writings, but also for his gallantry time and again in the battlefield. It took almost fifty years to discover how Hemingway might have become fond of self-harm due to his experiences in the warzone, as well as his depression, which eventually led him to claim his own life.
All such cases make us realize that fame and fortune are but one factor that could lead to happiness and satisfaction. While suicide is may seem like a shortcut to escaping one’s troubles and worries, it should never be considered – even as the final resort – because one’s death affects not just oneself, but countless people around them too.