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Last Words & Suicide Notes

And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead.
- Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort, French writer, d. 1794
Suicide note.

Frances and Courtney, I'll be at your altar. Please keep going Courtney, for Frances for her life will be so much happier without me. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU.
- Kurt Cobain, musician, d. April 8, 1994
Suicide note.

Goodbye, everybody!
- Hart Crane, poet, d. April 27, 1932
Last words as he jumped off the cruise ship Orizaba. His body was never found.

To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?
- George Eastman, inventor, d. March 14, 1932
Suicide note.

Goodbye, my friend, goodbye
My love, you are in my heart.
It was preordained we should part
And be reunited by and by.
Goodbye: no handshake to endure.
Let's have no sadness -- furrowed brow.
There's nothing new in dying now
Though living is no newer.
- Sergei Esenin, Russian poet, d. Dec. 28, 1925
Written in his own blood, and given to a friend the day before he hanged himself.

When all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman, writer, d. August 17, 1935
Suicide note. As an advocate for the right-to-die, Gilman committed suicide on August 17, 1935 by taking an overdose of chloroform. She "chose chloroform over cancer."

All fled -- all done, so lift me on the pyre;
The feast is over, and the lamps expire.
- Robert E. Howard, writer, d. June 11, 1936
Suicide note.

And now, in keeping with Channel 40's policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living colour, you're about to see another first -- an attempted suicide.
- Chris Hubbock, newscaster, d. 1970
Shot herself during broadcast.

Don't worry, it's not loaded.
- Terry Kath, rock musician, d. January 23, 1978
Suicide playing Russian roulette.

They tried to get me -- I got them first!
- Vachel Lindsay, poet, d. December 4, 1931
Suicide by drinking Lysol.

I must end it. There's no hope left. I'll be at peace. No one had anything to do with this. My decision totally.
- Freddie Prinze, comedian, d. January 29, 1977
Suicide note.

Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool -- good luck.
- George Sanders, British actor, d. April 25, 1972
Suicide note.

When I am dead, and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain drenched hair,
Tho you should lean above me broken hearted,
I shall not care.
For I shall have peace.
As leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bough.
And I shall be more silent and cold hearted
Than you are now.
- Sara Teasdale, poet, d. 1933
Suicide note to her lover who left her.

To Harald, may God forgive you and forgive me too but I prefer to take my life away and our baby's before I bring him with shame or killing him, Lupe.
- Lupe Velez, actress, d. December 13, 1944
Suicide note.

The future is just old age and illness and pain... I must have peace and this is the only way.
- James Whale, film director, d. May 29, 1957
Suicide note.

I don't believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time.
- Wendy O. Williams, punk rock performer, d. April 6, 1998
Suicide note.

I have a feeling I shall go mad. I cannot go on longer in these terrible times. I shan't recover this time. I hear voices and cannot concentrate on my work. I have fought against it but cannot fight any longer.
- Virginia Woolf, author, d. March 28, 1941
Suicide note.

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