Famous sportspersons who committed suicide.

Suicide is the act of ending one’s own life, intentionally. Time and again we come across many high profile suicide cases. According to the World Health Organization, it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide. Adolf Hitler, Kurt Kobain, Cleopatra and lots have ended their own lives. Let’s check some sportsmen who decided to tread down the road of suicide.

Justin Fashanu

Fashanu was an English footballer. He played for a number of clubs, most notably for Norwich City and Notts County. He became the first and only English footballer to be openly homosexual. In 1997, he moved to USA to coach a team there. In 1998 a teen alleged that he was sexually assaulted by Fashanu. Fashanu committed suicide in may that year, with his suicide note stating that the sex was consensual.

Chris Kanyon

He was a professional wrestler. He had stints at WCW and WWF, where he was popular and well known. He committed suicide on April 2, 2010, at the age of 40. He had been suffering from bipolar disorder and ended his life using an overdose of antidepressants.

Jovan Belcher

He was an American Footballer who played for Kansan City Chiefs. Belcher committed suicide on December 1, 2012 at the young age of 25. He also killed his girlfriend before killing himself. The killings orphaned his and his girlfriends’ daughter.

Robert Enke

A german soccer goalkeeper, he threw himself in front of a train and ended his life. He spent his career at clubs like Benfica, Barcelona and Hannover. He was well known for his time at Hannover. Later, it was revealed that he had been suffering from depression for 6 years after the death of his first daughter.

Mike Awesome

Michael lee Alfonso was an American Professional Wrestler known by the ring name: Mike Awesome. A success in ECW, WCW and WWF, he was 3 times world heavyweight champion. He was found hanged on February 17, 2007. He died at the age of 42.

Gary Speed

A welsh football player well known for his spell at Leeds United, he later went on to become the national team’s manager. As a player he played 85 times for Wales. For his services to football, he was appointed the Member of the Order of the British Empire. On 27 November, 2011, his body was found hanging in the garage. Initially there were some suspicions regarding his death. Later it was stated that the pressure of management was what did him in.

Jeret Peterson

He was an American Aerial Skier. An Olympian, he won the silver medal in men’s freestyle skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on july 25, 2011. He was still reeling from the suicide of a friend named Trevor Fernald, who had committed suicide in front of Peterson in 2005, also from a self-inflicted gunshot. Peterson also had problems with alcohol and depression and admitted he had his own thoughts of suicide—all stemming from a childhood in which he was sexually abused and at the age of 5-years-old he lost one of his older sisters to a drunk driver.

Terry Newton

He was an English rugby star. In 2010 he was tested positive for a human growth hormone use and was subsequently banned for 2 years. On 26 September 2010, Newton was found hanged in a house on Harswell Close in the Orrell district of Wigan. A later post mortem found traces of cocaine, amphetamines and the steroid nandrolone within his system, prescription anti-depressants, and consumption of alcohol, all of which could have impaired his judgement. Newton had left several notes stating he wanted to die.

Kenny McKinley

He played American Football. He made his debut for the Denver Broncos and played for them till death. He had a gambling problem, persistent injury woes and doubt over his post playing career. All this culminated in depression and he put an end to his life by shooting himself.




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