Thursday, September 1, 2022
Friday, May 20, 2022
Lucy Gordon was an English actress and model. She became a face of CoverGirl in 1997 before starting an acting career. Her first film was Perfume in 2001 before going on to have small roles in Spider-Man 3, Serendipity and The Four Feathers. Gordon had played the actress and singer Jane Birkin in the film Gainsbourg, a biopic of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.
Despite her success, Gordon suffered from frequent bouts of depression. On May 20, 2009, two days before her twenty ninth birthday, Lucy Gordon died by suicide.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Luis Andrew Martinez (Andrew Martinez) was an activist who was known at the University of California, Berkeley as the Naked Guy.
In September 1992, his second year in college, he began appearing naked in public to protest what he believed was the social repression of clothing. He was arrested by campus police for indecent exposure when he jogged naked near some dormitories. The county prosecutor refused to prosecute, concluding that nudity without lewd behavior was not illegal. Martinez began strolling around campus naked, citing philosophical reasons. The university then banned nudity on campus.
After college, Martinez began to manifest symptoms of mental illness and he spent much of the next ten years in halfway houses, psychiatric institutions, homeless, and jail. Martinez showed signs of schizophrenia and was prescribed medication, but with little improvement.
On May 18, 2006, Andrew Martinez lost his life to suicide, while in jail.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Monday, April 18, 2022
Yu-ri Kim was a South Korean fashion model, who was active from late 2000s to early 2010s. During that time, she was considered one of the most promising models in the runway scene in South Korea.
Yu-ri Kim died by suicide on August 29, 1989. Kim was said to have complained about the extreme pressure to be thin in the modeling industry. It has also been suggested that she was suffering from profound grief. Two years prior to her death, her mother died of a heart attack, and a few months prior to her death, her father died of cancer. Yu-ri Kim was twenty one years old at the time of her death.
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Smell the sea and feel the Sky.
Let your soul and spirit fly.
. - Van Morrison
I wonder sometimes, did my mother know that twenty years later this day would still leave its indelible mark on my heart? Did she know that twenty years later the memory would be still be held in the hands of my soul? Did my mother know that twenty years later, the sadness of this day would still quietly sit within my bones?
I wonder if she knew?
Each year, I can not believe that another has gone by. Her loss was yesterday. And also her loss was forever ago. The memory of my mother is always fresh in my mind. And yet the memory of my mother is always so distant, sometimes I wonder if she were ever here at all.
It is funny how the dichotomy of my sense of her loss can still dictate how I feel. It is often difficult for me to tend to this grief, when one moment I feel one way, and moments later I feel another.
Twenty years ago I was at a loss as to how to go on. Did she know, when we scattered her ashes at sea, that it would be the very same sea that would save me?
Did my mother know that Mary would drag me by the ear and insist that I step into the water in order to let it carry me?
Twenty years ago did my mother know that today I'd let Mary take me to the water again?
I wonder if my mother knew?
My mother could never swim. Water was too overwhelming and vast for her.
Today I will stand at the water's edge and remind her, and myself, that overwhelming and vast things can be healing too.
I believe that is why I was led to the ocean in the days after my mother died. I think her spirit was with me twenty years ago. I believe that in the days after my mother died, her hand was still in mine. Perhaps that is why I was led to the ocean, the same ocean where her ashes had been scattered, the same overwhelming, vast, and healing ocean.
Twenty years ago, I think my mother knew.
Friday, March 11, 2022
She was dear friends with the popular English writer Lytton Strachey. When Strachey died of stomach cancer in January 1932, Carrington purported that she saw no purpose in a life without him. Dora de Houghton Carrington died by suicide two months later.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Lee Eun-ju was a South Korean actress. She was the star of hit films including Taegukgi and The Scarlet Letter.
After finding work as a model, she began to be offered roles in various TV dramas, including Start and KAIST. Her film debut came in 1999, when she played the younger sister in Park Chong-wan's award-winning feature Rainbow Trout. Her first lead role came as the title character in acclaimed director Hong Sang-soo's Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000), where she gave one of the most memorable performances in all of Hong's films. Following this, she teamed with actor Lee Byung-hun in the 2001 hit film Bungee Jumping of Their Own, and also scored a hit opposite Cha Tae-hyun in the melodrama Lovers' Concerto.
Despite her success, her family says that Eun-ju suffered from crippling depression, On February 22, 2005, Lee Eun-ju died by suicide. She was twenty four years old.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Friday, January 7, 2022
Jonathan Henry "Jon" Lee was a Welsh drummer. He was a member of Newport band The Darling Buds which underwent several name changes before the band signed to The Echo Label and changed their name to Feeder. Feeder experienced wide spread success.
Lee's family indicated that they felt that Jon was often happy, and they were surprised by his decision to take his life.
Jon Lee died by suicide on January 7, 2002. He was thirty three years old when he died.