Olympians Who Committed Suicide (167)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Era Notes
Bill Agee USA ATH 1928 Committed suicide by connecting car exhaust to the interior of the car.
John Albrechtson SWE SAI 1968—1976 Committed suicide.
Aleksandr Alenitsyn RUS TEN 1912 Committed suicide while in prison after being arrested and tortured by the Bolsheviks.
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya AUS FSK 2018 Committed suicide.
Percy Almstedt SWE SAI 1920 Committed suicide by shooting himself.
Charles Aman USA ROW 1904 Committed suicide.
Gonçalo Amorim POR CYC 2004 In 2012 he was found dead at his home in Santarém. He committed suicide apparently with a shotgun.
Alfred Annan USA GOL 1904 Committed suicide.
St George Ashe GBR ROW 1900 Committed suicide during temporary insanity.
Yevgeny Babich RUS
URS
ICH 1956 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Eugène Balme FRA SHO 1908 Committed suicide.
Franz Barwig AUT ART 1928 Committed suicide by shooting himself
Johanna Bassani AUT MIX/NCO 2020 Committed suicide.
Rex Beach USA SWI/WAP 1904 Committed suicide two years after the death of his wife.
Heidi Becker-Ramlow GDR DIV 1972—1976 Committed suicide.
Yevgeny Belosheykin (DNS) RUS
URS
ICH 1988 Committed suicide.
Ahmet Bilek TUR WRE 1960 Committed suicide.
Mikhail Biryukov RUS TEN 2010
Willi Boltze GER ATH 1928 Boltze committed suicide in 1937 for unknown reasons.
Edith Bonlieu FRA ASK 1956 Committed suicide as member of the Order of the Solar Temple.
Franco Bontadini ITA FTB 1912 Committed suicide after a disappointment in love.
Erich Borchmeyer GER ATH 1932—1936 Committed suicide.
Hugo Borja MEX BAS 1936 Committed suicide after his daughter died of an infection, date unknown
Günter Böttcher FRG HAN 1976 In 2012 Böttcher had a car accident and was severely injured. He suffered pulmonary bruises, head injuries, and vertebral injuries, and fell into a coma for several days. A few months later he committed suicide in a rehabilitation clinic.
Enrico Bovone ITA BAS 1968 Committed suicide.
Walter Brödel SAA FEN 1952 Committed suicide.
Jürgen Brümmer FRG GYM 1988 Committed suicide by jumping from a bridge after having killed his son.
Rembrandt Bugatti ITA ART 1912 Committed suicide by poisoning with gas in his Studio.
Ricardo Cardoso BRA JUD 1988 Committed suicide in 1991 after a love disappointment.
Kelly Catlin USA CTR 2016 Committed suicide.
Edwin Everett Codman USA ART 1932 Committed suicide by shooting himself.
Harry Connolly (DNS) GBR BOX 1928 Committed suicide by poisoning himself during state of depression.
Richard Corts GER ATH 1928 Committed suicide.
Bob Craig ANZ
AUS
RUG 1908 Committed suicide by hanging, while under treatment for mental illness.
Ivan, Viscount d'Oyley USA FEN 1900 Died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sigi Denk AUT CYC 1972 Committed suicide by hanging.
Ronald Desruelles BEL ATH 1976—1984 Committed suicide.
Pyotr Devyatkin KAZ ICH 1998 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Gary Dighton GBR CYC 1992 Committed suicide.
Herbert Dill GER ATH 1936 Committed suicide by gas poisoning.
Jacques Dimont FRA FEN 1968 Committed suicide.
John Donoghue USA ART 1928 Committed suicide by shooting himself
György Doros HUN ART 1932 Committed suicide by poisoning himself and his wife with gas.
Christophe Dupouey FRA MTB 1996—2000 Committed suicide.
Knut Torbjørn Eggen NOR FTB 1984 Committed suicide. Noted of him that he "had come to the point of life where he was more afraid to live than to die"
Änne Ehscheidt GER DIV 1936 Committed suicide by poisoning with gas.
István Énekes HUN BOX 1932 Committed suicide.
Jackson Fear AUS ARC 1996 Committed suicide.
Don Fergusson AUS ROW 1936 Committed suicide by shooting himself in the head
Ragnar Fogelmark SWE WRE 1912 Committed suicide.
Carl Folcker SWE GYM 1908 Folcker was a lieutenant in Värmland's regiment three years after the Olympic victory when he committed suicide at Trossnäs field, just west of Karlstad.
Bradford Fraley USA FEN 1920 Committed suicide by shooting himself in his bedroom.
Mike Fray JAM ATH 1968—1972 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Philip Freylinck RSA CTR 1908 Committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
Lucien Gaudin FRA FEN 1920—1928 Committed suicide.
Oskar Gloeckler GER ART 1928—1932 Committed suicide.
Karel Goppold z Lobsdorfu BOH FEN 1912 Committed suicide.
Lajos Gráf HUN ROW 1912 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Allegro Grandi ITA CYC 1928 Committed suicide at his cycle shop in Caracas
Daan de Groot NED CTR 1952 Committed suicide.
Max Guilleaume GER EDV 1900 Shot himself, committing suicide on a porch of his country house
David Guttman SWE ATH 1912 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Markku Hakulinen FIN ICH 1980 Committed suicide when he jumped in front of a train.
Robert Hallaran CAN SWI 1932 Jumped out of a fourth floor window
Howard Hayes USA ATH 1900 Committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in washroom of Martin's Grill in Chicago.
Jerry Heidenreich USA SWI 1972 Committed suicide.
Claudia Heill AUT JUD 2004—2008 Fell from the sixth floor of her flat. It is possible that she committed suicide, per original press reports.
Gabriel Hernández DOM BOX 1996 He committed suicide by hanging, aged 27, nine days after his last bout against Ralph Monday.
Lutz Hoffmann GDR GYM 1980 Committed suicide.
Steve Holcomb USA BOB 2006—2014 Had a fatal combination of a prescription sleep aid and a 0.18 percent blood alcohol concentration in his system at the time of his death. History of previous suicide attempt 2007.
Robert Howard USA ATH 1996—2000 Committed suicide after murdering his wife.
Herbert Huber AUT ASK 1968 Committed suicide by hanging.
Isao Inokuma JPN JUD 1964 Committed suicide by seppuku.
Yelena Ivashchenko RUS JUD 2012 Jumped from her apartment window, which was on the 15th floor.
Peter Jaks SUI ICH 1988—1992 Committed suicide by train.
Jaakko Jouppila FIN ATH 1948
Pavle Jovanovic USA BOB 2006 Committed suicide by hanging.
Hamilton Jukes GBR ICH 1924 Committed suicide.
Jo Kaiser GER
FRG
ATH 1960 Committed suicide.
Sami Kallunki FIN NCO 1992
Joachim Karsch GER ART 1932 After the Russian Army occupied his residence Groß Gandern in February 1945, destroying his works, he and his wife, Liesbeth, committed joint suicide to avoid deportation.
Kentaro Kawatsu JPN SWI 1932 Committed suicide.
Gustaf Kilman SWE EQU 1912—1920 Committed suicide by shooting himself.
Per Kinde SWE SHO 1920 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Asaji Kobayashi JPN ART 1936 Committed suicide.
František Kobzík CZE
TCH
ROW 1936 Committed suicide to avoid capture during World War II.
Yoshio Kojima JPN ATH 1956 Committed suicide.
Jeremi Kubicki POL ART 1932—1936 Kubicki died fairly young at the age of 27 quite unexpectedly shooting himself in the temple.
Christiane Lanzke GDR
GER
DIV 1964 Drowned herself in the Baltic Sea near Rostock.
Jani Lehtonen FIN ATH 1992
Viljo Leskinen FIN SHO 1936 In a dispute, killed a woman named Sylvia Savolainen and then turned the gun on himself in a murder-suicide.
Pedro Lima ANG SWI 1988—1992 Died from drowning following self-inflicted injuries.
Mikael Ljungberg SWE WRE 1992—2000 Committed suicide.
Clive Longe GBR ATH 1968 Committed suicide after murdering his girlfriend.
Frank Mackey GBR
USA
POL 1900 Committed suicide, shot himself while suffering from a terminal illness.
Lajos Malanotti HUN EQU 1928
Kersten Meier FRG SWI 1972 Committed suicide by jumping from a bridge.
Christa Merten FRG ATH 1972 Committed suicide in Marbella, Spain.
Eugenio Monti ITA BOB 1956—1968 Committed suicide.
Miljan Mrdaković SRB FTB 2008 Committed suicide.
Nero, Emperor of Roma ROM AAR/ACB/AEQ 67
Herbert Niemann GDR
GER
JUD 1964 Committed suicide.
Takeichi, Baron Nishi JPN EQU/EVE 1932—1936 Possibly committed suicide during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Jack Page GBR FSK 1924—1928 Committed suicide by gassing himself in his office "While the balance of his mind was disturbed."
Marco Pantani ITA CYC 2000 Committed suicide.
Dušan Pašek TCH
SVK
ICH 1984—1988 Committed suicide by shooting himself.
Mark Pavelich USA ICH 1980 His death was ruled a suicide by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County.
Alan Pennington GBR ATH 1936 Committed suicide by shooting himself in the head while staying at a luxury hotel in Lisboa.
Víctor Peralta ARG BOX 1928 Committed suicide, shot himself while suffering from terminal prostate cancer
Itzhak Peretz ISR FTB 1976 Committed suicide.
Nils Persson SWE SAI 1912 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Jeret Peterson USA FRS 2002—2010 Died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, found in Lambs Canyon, Utah.
Antonio Pettigrew USA ATH 2000 Committed suicide by an overdose of pills containing diphenhydramine.
Dan Pippin USA BAS 1952 Committed suicide.
Vladimír Podzimek CZE
TCH
SKJ 1984 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Andrey Prokofyev RUS
URS
ATH 1980 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Gert Puzicha FRG BOX 1968 Committed suicide.
Pierre Quinon FRA ATH 1984 Committed suicide.
Fausto Radici ITA ASK 1976 Committed suicide by shooting himself with a handgun.
Rhoda Rennie RSA SWI 1928 Committed suicide.
Guy Revell CAN FSK 1964 Committed suicide.
Jesús Miguel Rollán ESP WAP 1988—2004 Died after a fall from a balcony of a rehabilitation clinic where he was treated for depression - possibly he committed suicide.
Shizuko Sakashita JPN GYM 1956 Committed suicide by gas poisoning
Ludwig, Count von Salm-Hoogstraeten AUT TEN 1912 Committed suicide by jumping to avoid capture by Nazis.
Robert Sassone FRA CTR 2000 Committed suicide.
Stephen Scherer USA SHO 2008 Committed suicide by shooting himself.
Thomas Schleicher AUT JUD 1996 Committed suicide while in prison.
Uwe Schmitt FRG ATH 1984 Committed suicide by taking poison.
Pietro Segantini SUI UIAA 1990—1995
Shamil Serikov KAZ
URS
WRE 1980 Committed suicide.
Janet Sheather CAN SWI 1932 Committed suicide by shooting herself in the head at home.
Narinder Singh IND JUD 1992—1996 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Christine Smith AUS ASK 1964 Committed suicide.
Paget Stewart CAN BIA 1988 Committed suicide.
Boris Strel SLO
YUG
ASK 1980—1984 Committed suicide.
Doc Strong USA WRE 1936 Committed suicide in a jail cell where he sat for public drunkenness.
Ron Stuart CAN BAS 1956 Committed suicide by running his car in the garage.
Remig Stumpf FRG CYC 1988 Committed suicide after killing his wife due to separation disputes.
Willy Sulzbacher FRA FEN 1900 Committed suicide by shooting himself.
Darren Sutherland IRL BOX 2008 Committed suicide.
Ferenc Szobota HUN ATH 1912 In 1939 he committed suicide
Gholam Reza Takhti IRI WRE 1952—1964 Officially he committed suicide, but a lot of sources mention theories about being murdered for his political activities.
Hidemitsu Tanaka JPN ROW 1932 Committed suicide.
Harold Thomas NZL BOX 1932 Committed suicide by jumping from a train few hours after his fiancee's death.
Adán Torres ARG ATH 1948 Committed suicide upon becoming disabled after being struck by a vehicle, date unknown.
Fritz Traun GER ATH/TEN 1896 Committed suicide.
Kokichi Tsuburaya JPN ATH 1964 Committed suicide.
Ernst Udet GER ART 1936 Committed suicide, shot himself after years of alcoholism and drugs.
Tarmo Uusivirta FIN BOX 1980
Frans Van Looy BEL CYC 1972 Committed suicide.
Vladimír Vávra CZE
TCH
WRE 1928 Committed suicide.
Albert Venn USA LAX 1904 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Maura Viceconte ITA ATH 1996—2000 Committed suicide by hanging herself.
George Vivian CAN SHO 1908 Committed suicide by shooting himself at his home, for unknown reasons.
Claiborne Walker USA FEN 1920 Committed suicide aboard ship in Shanghai Harbour, shooting himself.
Sammy Wanjiru KEN ATH 2008 Committed suicide after being found in love triangle by his wife.
Billy Ward AUS BOX 2012 Committed suicide.
Eric Wauters BEL EQU 1972—1996 Committed suicide at his home.
Ludwig Weinacht GER ROW 1912 Committed suicide.
Mike Whitmarsh USA BVO 1996 Committed suicide.
Percy Williams CAN ATH 1928—1932 Committed suicide.
John Wood CAN CAN 1968—1976 Committed suicide.
Steve Wood AUS CAN 1988—1992 Committed suicide by hanging himself.
Stephen Wooldridge AUS CTR 2004 Committed suicide.
Hiromi Yamafuji JPN CTR 1964 Committed suicide.
Ikuko Yoda JPN ATH 1964 Committed suicide.
Masami Yoshida JPN ATH 1984—1992 Committed suicide.