As macabre as the idea of suicide itself is, there have been many instances where the morbidness of it has been further muddied by the circumstances under which one chose to take this step as a last resort.
Many celebrity deaths still remain unexplained despite law having taken its course and declared them an open and shut case.
Did some of these very public figures and successful stars eventually give up on themselves or is there more to it than meets the eye?
Divya Bharti reportedly fell to death from her fifth-floor apartment in Mumbai’s Versova. At 19, she was too good too soon. Her fame was dizzying – 21 films in three years, and her marriage to producer Sajid Nadiadwala hushed. Her tragic death still remains unexplained.
Best known for her breakout performance opposite Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Nishabd’, Jiah Khan was found hanging from her bedroom’s ceiling fan in June 3, 2013. She was 25. A six-page suicide note was found two days later. Depressed over her turbulent relationship with Sooraj Pancholi, an alleged abortion and a lackluster Bollywood career, Jiah’s death remains a mystery, with the CBI still investigating.
The police had to break open Parveen Babi’s flat on January 22, 2005 to find her body. She had been dead for several days. Parveen was rumoured to have been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. In January 2005, she was found dead in her apartment. The cause of her death was not immediately known. She was found to have gangrene of the left foot as a complication of her diabetic condition, which the police state was the reason she died.
Remembered for starring in classics such as ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ and ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, Guru Dutt was found dead in his Mumbai apartment in 1964. He was only 39. He incidentally overdosed on alcohol and sleeping pills. He was reportedly depressed over the growing estrangement with his wife. His long-time collaborator VK Murthy claims it was his third attempt at suicide.
Officially, Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 4, 1962. Los Angeles Coroner Thomas Noguchi asserted that her death was most likely suicide, based on her mental state and abuse of both alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs. Within two years, allegations concerning Monroe’s death began appearing in print. These assertions were general at first, involving entities like the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, even the Communist Party. Over time, the scenario involving Monroe’s murder has been refined to lay the blame on Robert and John F. Kennedy. The complicated theory runs as follows: Through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford, President Kennedy became involved with Monroe and ultimately assigned Bobby the task of letting her know that the affair was over. Instead, Bobby began his own torrid affair with Monroe that culminated with her calling and writing him non-stop, mistakenly believing he would divorce his wife. In no uncertain terms, Bobby personally informed her on August 4 at her Brentwood home that this was impossible and that she was to cease contacting him. At this point, Marilyn threatened to call a news conference and tell the world of her experiences with both men. She also mentioned a red diary that detailed explicitly her dalliances with the Kennedys. RFK left but returned later with two police detectives and Lawford. They would leave after administering an enema consisting of a massive dose of Nembutal and chloral hydrate at about 10:30 pm. When Monroe’s housekeeper finally called an ambulance, her psychiatrist Ralph Greenson also appeared and instructed the ambulance attendants to allow him to give her an injection, which those present believe was a deliberate, fatal overdose. Greenson had been sleeping with Monroe, too, a transgression that would have sent him to prison, and Bobby Kennedy threatened him with this knowledge. The death of Marilyn Monroe was controversial enough to elicit another official investigation by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in 1982. The DA ruled that her death was either a suicide or overdose and that his office planned no further inquiry.