History’s Most Famous Suicides, From Artists To Politicians

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was a gifted poet and author whose battle with depression led to one of history’s most famous suicides.
She met Ted Hughes while studying at Cambridge University and the two later married and had two children. The couple had a toxic relationship and after only six years together, Hughes left Plath for a younger woman in 1962.
Plath went under the watchful eye of Dr. John Horder who routinely checked on her. His attempts proved unsuccessful, though, when Plath committed suicide on the morning of Feb. 11, 1963.
A nurse arrived at Plath’s house at 9 a.m. to help her care for her children but knew something was wrong when she couldn’t enter the apartment. She got the help of a workman and together they broke into the apartment. They discovered Plath dead in the kitchen.
She was found with her head in her gas oven, dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. Before she killed herself, Plath had carefully sealed the rooms between her and her sleeping children by covering up the cracks with tape and cloths.