List of celebrities whose children committed suicide, with photos. Many of these children were known for their parent’s celebrity status, and their deaths are truly tragic. Famous children can have a hard time establishing a name for themselves to the media. They have tried to emerge from their parent’s shadow, and have failed to become an heir to their parents’ popularity. Due to this, the children born to famous parent have collapsed under domicile insecurity. Many of these kids were drug addicts and had long contemplated killing themselves. As a result of their addiction, death by drug overdose became a common behavior for these celebrity offspring. A loss of a child is irreparable and sadly these celebrities who had these poor children probably never saw it coming.
1) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando’s daughter, Cheyenne Brando, hanged herself in 1995 at age 25. After becoming pregnant, the Tahitian-born model moved with the baby’s father, Dag Drollet, to Marlon’s house in Los Angeles. Shortly after moving, in 1990, Cheyenne’s half-brother, Christian, shot and killed Drollet. After that, Cheyenne’s mental state deteriorated until she was diagnosed with schizophrenia, losing custody of her son, Tuki Brando. She hanged herself at the home of her mother, Tarita Teriipaia.
2) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck was unable to work for two years after the suicide of his son, news reporter Jonathan Peck, in 1975. Jonathan suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At the time, he was going through a broken relationship and dealing with arteriosclerosis and severe fatigue.
3) Mary Tyler Moore
Richard Meeker Jr., the son of Mary Tyler Moore, accidentally shot himself with a sawed-off shotgun in 1980. At the time, Richie was living in house Central Los Angeles with two young women. Since one had previously been burglarized, Richie kept a shotgun in his room for protection. One night he was playing with it – loading and unloading the gun – when it went off. He was 24.
4) Paul Newman
In 1978, Paul Newman’s son, Scott Newman, who was an aspiring actor in his own right, was found dead in a hotel after overdosing on pills and alcohol. He was 28. Scott Newman had issues with drinking and had been arrested for some alcohol-related incidents. He suffered a motorcycle accident in 1978 for which he then also began taking pain pills. On the night of his death, Scott mixed a lethal dose of Valium, alcohol, and other drugs.
5) Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond’s 18 year-old son, Michael Blosil, jumped from the 8th floor of an LA apartment building in 2010. Michael had previously suffered a lifelong battle with depression, and at the age of 16, had gone to rehab for undisclosed reasons. At the time of his suicide, Michael was said to be clean and sober.
6) Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson’s daughter, Nikki Bacharach, suffocated in 2007, at age 40, using a plastic bag and helium. Nikki grew up with emotional issues and a then-undiagnosed case of Asperger’s. She struggled through school and her adult life.
7) Sylvia Plath
In 2009, 46 years after his mother’s own suicide, Sylvia Plath’s son, Nicholas Hughes hanged himself. He was 47. He was a successful biologist and a faculty member at UAF, but suffered from depression.
8) Carroll O’Connor
In 1995, Carroll O’Connor’s son, Hugh, committed suicide after a long battle with drug addiction at the age of 32. Hugh had become addicted to painkillers after a battle with cancer, and then eventually moved to harder drugs. He called his father to tell him he was going to end his life. Police arrived at Hugh’s home, but it was too late, as he had already shot himself.
9) Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt’s oldest son, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide on July 22, 1988, when he was 23. He jumped from the 14th floor terrace of his mother’s Manhattan apartment. In her memoir, Vanderbilt wrote that she believes the suicide was caused by a psychotic episode induced by an allergic relationship to Carter’s anti-asthma medication, salbutamol.
10) James Arness
Jim Arness’s daughter, Jenny Lee Aurness, committed suicide in 1975, a few weeks shy of her 25th birthday. Arness was said to have been despondent over a previous break-up with Greg Allman, and took a lethal dose of pills.
11) Art Linkletter
Talk show host Art Linkletter’s daughter, Diane Linkletter, committed suicide in 1969 by jumping to her death from a window at her apartment in West Hollywood. She was 20. Linkletter blamed his daughter’s death on LSD and proclaimed it not a suicide. A friend and witness claimed that Diane had been emotional and very upset the night before her death.
12) Charles Boyer
In 1965, actor Charles Boyer’s only child, Michael Charles Boyer, committed suicide at age 21 while playing Russian Roulette after a bad breakup. Thirteen years later, Charles Boyer too would take his own life with a lethal dose of seconal.
13) Louis Jourdan
The proxy burden of fame took actor Louis Jourdan’s only child, Louis Henry Jourdan, who shot himself in 1981. Louis Henry, 29, had suffered for years from a drug problem that created a manic-depressive type of disorder that left him unable to work. His father and mother discovered his body at their home in Bel Air.
14) Ray Milland
IN 1981, actor Ray Milland’s son, Daniel, shot himself in the head in the bedroom of his Beverly Hills home. No suicide note was found. Milland was said to have a history of drug abuse, and when his roommates had last seen him, they noted he was heavily intoxicated.
15) Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor’s stepson, Michael Theiss, died of a drug overdoes in 1968, a year before the actor lost his battle with cancer. The 23 year-old’s body was found by his mother in a Los Angeles motel room.