This week, Tony Scott jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles- the 17th Producer/Director to commit suicide (full list below). As of August 20, 2012 the VIPatients app documents the diseases / deaths of 19,766 famous people. A cause of death is listed for 17,676 of these – of whom 1,132 (6.4%) have committed suicide.
203 (6.3%) of people in the Movie Industry have taken their own lives, including 17 (3.7%) of Producers / Directors.
Jumping was listed as the specific suicide method for 7.2% of all famous persons, 8.8% of Movie People … and 29.4% of Producers / Directors !
Producers / Directors who have committed suicide:
Desai, Manmohan *
Fassbinder, Rainer Werner
Itami, Juzo *
Monicelli, Mario *
Scott, Tony *
Smith, Pete *
Van Dyke, W.S.
Woodbridge, Strong Van Dyke
* Committed suicide by jumping
1. One additional Director, Akira Kurosawa, attempted suicide by slashing his wrists and throat in 1971 (unsucessful)
2. During 1941 to 2012, three Producers / Directors (Monicelli, Van Dyke and Wooodbridge) committed suicide while under treatment for cancer … accounting for 18% of suicides in this profession. Concurrent cancer is listed for only 4.3% of suicides in other professions which occurred during the same period.
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