Shocking celebrity deaths: Top personalities we lost this year to depression

We’re just making through the second half  of 2018, but we’ve lost a lot of celebrities already due to depression. More than anything, the first half of 2018 has served as a huge wake up call for everyone to recognize mental health issues, as more and more people are succumbing to depression and anxiety. Even the most successful people suffer in silence. Here are some of the celebrities who took their own lives as they struggled with mental health concerns.


NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 01: Avicii performs at the MLB Fan Cave on October 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

On April 20, the world woke up to the shocking news that Swedish musician and DJ Avicii, whose real name is Tom Bergling, has died. When the news broke, it was unclear what the cause of death of the 28-year-old was, as his family asked for privacy. It was reported that the celebrity DJ was found unresponsive in Muscat, Oman, where he was on vacation at the time.

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Reports about Avicii’s sudden death drew many speculations. Some revealed that he had been suffering from various health problems years prior, which prompted him to retire from touring. Others alluded to his unhealthy lifestyle of partying and drinking since he was in his teens.

As speculations mounted, Avicii’s family felt compelled to release a statement about his death, indirectly saying that Avicii suffered from depression and anxiety.

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“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace,” the family’s statement read.

Verne Troyer

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Just a day after Avicii’s sudden passing, it was reported that Verne Troyer has died at 41. American actor Troyer is famous for playing the role of Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films.

Like in the case of Avicii, the cause of Troyer’s death was initially unclear. However, it was reported that before his death, he was “admitted to hospital after friends alerted emergency services saying the actor was ‘extremely upset, drunk and suicidal.'” Later on, coronary reports confirmed that the actor had a “very high level of alcohol in his system.”

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio

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At the time of his death, Troyer’s official Instagram page revealed the actor’s “battles.” “Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” the statement read.

Kate Spade

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On June 5, another celebrity death stunned the fashion and entertainment industry. Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her home, and reports stated that it was apparent that she took her own life.

The 55-year-old became famous for her trendy, colorful, and quirky designs, which bridged casual fashion and the high-end scene. It was initially unclear what prompted the designer to take her own life, but some reports claimed that she was struggling with domestic problems with his husband, Andy Spade, as the two were allegedly heading for divorce. It was even reported that she left a suicide note for their daughter, telling her that it’s not her fault and to “ask daddy.”

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Andy soon spoke up, admitting that he and Kate had been living separately for a while now, but he denied that they were talking about divorce. Andy explained that they loved each other and were doing the best way they know how to keep their family together. He suggested that his wife didn’t leave a suicide note, and that what was reported was Kate’s private note to her daughter. He also revealed that Kate had been suffering from mental health conditions for five years and was taking medications for it before her death.

Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain, host of CNNs Parts Unknown, laughs during the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The SXSW Interactive Festival features presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of networking events hosted by industry leaders and a lineup of special programs showcasing new websites, video games, and startup ideas. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Just three days after Kate Spade’s shocking death, the world was left heartbroken as news broke that Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61. Reports claimed that it appears that the celebrity chef took his own life. He was found unresponsive in his room in France, where he was filming an episode for his show “Parts Unknown.”

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Until now, it’s still unclear what specifically prompted Bourdain to take his own life. From the outside, the celebrity chef seemed to be the last person to suffer from depression, as he seemed to be living and enjoying his life, doing what he claimed several times as “the best job in the world.” However, he did talk about feeling isolated in one of his show’s episodes.

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Bourdain became famous for his shows where he traveled to different parts of the world, showcased and celebrated local cuisines, and connected with various cultures. There was an outpouring of tributes at the time of his death, which included the ones from the local chefs, cooks, and restaurant owners and staff he interacted with in his travels.


If you are struggling with depression, know that a permanent solution to a temporary problem is not the answer. Various organizations and hotlines in the Philippines are available to provide the support you need. 

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