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The Mystery and Shock of Suicide: Marilyn Monroe, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Robin Williams

The Mystery and Shock of Suicide: Marilyn Monroe, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Robin Williams

And so it begins…the comparisons and conspiracies, Marilyn Monroe fashion.

With the current suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, recollections of the passing of Marilyn Monroe come to thoughts for followers across the globe, myself included. In truth, each time a star takes his or her personal life I’m reminded of Marilyn, a lot in the identical approach I’m reminded of her when somebody well-known dies from a drug overdose, most just lately Whitney Houston, Cory Monteith, and Heath Ledger. This weekend I assumed to myself, “It’s only a matter of time. Two famous suicides…the stories will begin soon,” and they’ve. However, there’s something that’s considerably totally different: It’s indeniable that the newer suicides of Spade, Bourdain, and even Robin Williams and Chris Cornell, have been intentional. Whereas it has been confirmed that Marilyn Monroe died because the end result of a drug overdose, whether or not or not it was intentional will eternally be unclear.  Regardless, in taking a look at books from her private library we all know that she examine suicide.  In her private copy of Man Towards Himself by Karl A. Menninger, which is a component of my private assortment, Marilyn referred to as out passages on suicide within the first chapter of the guide.  The essential query of course is why.  Why was Marilyn seemingly fascinated by suicide?

This e-book, bought in 1999 by Christie’s, is photographed with Marilyn in her Beverly Carlton Lodge studio condominium, and additionally her house on Doheny Drive in Hollywood.

Whereas some say it’s time to only settle for the truth that Marilyn killed herself, I urge to vary. The fact is, we’ll by no means know the intent behind Marilyn’s dying. We’ll by no means know if she deliberately ended her life, or if it was only a very unhappy and surprising accident.

Amazingly, as I write this publish, an alert flashes throughout my cellular system: Actor Jackson Odell of TV’s ‘Goldbergs’ discovered lifeless at 20. The trigger of demise hasn’t been introduced, however there have to be curiosity as as to if or not he too died by suicide.

In spite of the proof that proves she died of an overdose of prescribed drugs consumed orally, conspiracy theories surrounding Marilyn’s demise are plentiful. The whole lot from the Kennedys to the mob, and consider it or not, even aliens, have been blamed for murdering Marilyn Monroe. Fairly amazingly, I noticed a touch upon a star suicide targeted Fb thread the place somebody posted a photograph from Niagara displaying Marilyn in mattress in a hospital room.

A scene from Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe. 20th Century-Fox Studios, 1953.

Another person left a remark stating, “Did you notice the lady in the background holding a suitcase? I’ve never clued in on that before. Gee, wonder what evidence is hiding in that thing. Especially since it took so long them to call an ambulance after they got into the room.” Critically? It’s a publicity shot from a movie. It’s not actual life, however by some means somebody believed this was a photograph of Marilyn Monroe’s demise scene. That is how conspiracy theories shortly spiral out of management.

Anthony Bourdain’s demise is being blamed on every part and everybody from Invoice and Hillary Clinton to the very fact he was talking out in help of the “me too” motion to his emotions towards Valdimir Putin and different world leaders.  Actually, identical to with Marilyn’s demise, there ought to be no conspiracies right here.  The fact is he took his personal life in his lodge room in France. Kate Spade additionally died by suicide, and so did Robin Williams. Interval. However, in contrast to Marilyn’s demise, their intentions have been clear. They needed to die and the strategies by which they took their very own life show that, however did Marilyn need to die?

I really feel that followers ought to logically contemplate the conspiracy theories round Marilyn’s demise. The concept that President Kennedy and/or his brother Robert Kennedy had Marilyn Monroe killed is dumbfounding. Think about Barack Obama having a Hollywood actress killed. It’s actually fairly ludicrous. So far as the mob, what can be the motive? The concept of aliens is just not even value mentioning. Sadly although, these conspiracy theories, in a method, assist maintain her legend alive. Followers merely can’t settle for the very fact it was both intentional or unintentional, and I’m recurrently stunned on the frequency through which individuals I speak to deliver up, and consider, the outrageous theories. Actually, on the Marilyn Remembered Fan Membership birthday celebration for Marilyn’s 92nd birthday simply final June 2nd, somebody truly talked about to me that they believed the Kennedys killed Marilyn.  I scoffed and shortly set them straight.

Regardless of the way through which they died, the social and international parallels surrounding the deaths of Marilyn, Kate, Anthony, Robin, Whitney, Cory, Heath, and different celebrities are unimaginable and indeniable: Gifted, profitable, pushed, completed, and seemingly main a life that others dream of…and then within the blink of an eye fixed it’s over, and the brilliant mild has gone out leaving the world shocked and saddened.  Additionally undoubtedly the identical is the grief and confusion skilled by the followers, buddies and household of those that died. Identical to current occurrences of superstar deaths, Marilyn’s passing was broadcast around the globe, consuming headlines in newspapers for days after she handed away. Under are just some examples of the headlines:

“Film World Stunned by Death of a Queen”
“World Feels Shock About Monroe’s Death”
“Marilyn Monroe’s Last Hours”
“MM Was Many Things to Many People”
“Actress’ Body Lies Unclaimed”
“Marilyn Speaks”
“MM’s Mexican Pal is in Beverly Hills”
“Joe to Marilyn at Rites: ‘I Love You’”
“Big Stars Banned at Marilyn’s Funeral”
“Her Life Was a Suicide Note for All to Read”

Some of the newspaper tales following Marilyn’s dying:

The New York Occasions introduced Marilyn’s dying with the message that she was “Found dead in bed – Suicide suspected” in vibrant lights on the aspect of its workplace constructing in Occasions Sq., in precisely the identical method her identify was highlighted at film theaters around the globe once they have been displaying her movies.

New York Occasions constructing pronounces the dying of Marilyn Monroe.

Whereas I’ve learn and seen fairly a bit recently about Marilyn Monroe and the current excessive profile suicides, what I haven’t’ seen sufficient of within the MM group is info on learn how to assist. The reality is suicide is actual and it’s on the rise within the US. From the CDC web site:

Suicide charges have been rising in almost each state, in response to the newest Very important Indicators report by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC). In 2016, almost 45,000 People age 10 or older died by suicide. Suicide is the 10th main trigger of dying and is one of simply three main causes which might be on the rise.

“Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans – and it’s a tragedy for families and communities across the country,” stated CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. “From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide.”

When you observe others in your life exhibiting the next behaviors, or for those who’re feeling them your self, please attain out and get some assist:

  • Speaking about suicide, hurting themselves, dying, or dying
  • Looking for entry to firearms or tablets
  • Withdrawing from buddies, household, and society
  • Having extreme temper swings
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped
  • Elevated use of alcohol or medicine
  • Sleeping on a regular basis or having points with sleep
  • Uncontrolled rage or agitation
  • Self-destructive and dangerous conduct
  • Gifting away private belongings
  • Telling individuals goodbye for seemingly no purpose

Help is obtainable. Speak to somebody now on the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline:


Name: 1-800-273-8285

Further numbers for Spanish, deaf and exhausting of listening to, and veterans is accessible right here.

Assets for the LGBTQ group might be discovered right here.

For those who’re feeling like hurting your self, please keep in mind that you’re one of a sort, and you possibly can by no means get replaced. Regardless of the way you’re feeling proper now, somebody, and in all probability many individuals, shall be completely devastated that you’re not right here anymore. For those who don’t need to attain out to a suicide help group or prevention service, you’ll be able to attain out to me.  I’ll pay attention and attempt to assist.  Listed here are all of the methods you possibly can attain me:

E mail: [email protected]

I do know what it’s wish to personally really feel the consequences of suicide.  My cousin Cory, born only a month earlier than me, took his personal life in his early twenties.  He simply couldn’t deal with the strain of day-to-day life.  He left no observe and there have been no indicators.  He merely put a pistol in his mouth and pulled the set off.  His mom discovered him.  He left behind a spouse and a younger son, and an unborn youngster.  To today I nonetheless take into consideration him and marvel if there was one thing extra I might have accomplished to assist him.  Under is a really early photograph of Cory and me, in all probability at three or 4 years of age.  He’s on the fitting.

In a dialog with good friend and photographer George Barris, Marilyn stated, “I’m 36 years old. I feel I’m just getting started.”  Was her dying suicide or was it unintentional?  We’ll by no means know, however what we do know for positive is the indelible impression she left on the world in 36 brief years.

George Barris pictures Marilyn Monroe, 1962.

Please get assist in case you really feel you want it, and supply assist to these you’re apprehensive about. Suicide isn’t the one choice.

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