World Suicide Prevention Day is the day to remember some of the world's greatest artists.
It doesn't matter who you are, it seems that depression will almost certainly affect your life in some way. Whether its your own struggles or those of a friend, mental health issues are extremely common. On World Suicide Prevention Day, we look at the ultimate worst case scenario of such problems - and for the music world, that has meant the loss of some of the most remarkable talents of our time.
1. Ian Curtis (1956 - 1980)
The Joy Division frontman was just 23 when he took his own life, and just two albums into his career. He had been suffering from depression as well as increasing anxiety surrounding his epilepsy, which he felt would prevent him from being able to perform onstage. His wife Deborah discovered his body in their home on the eve of their debut North American tour. He also left behind a baby daughter named Natalie.
Continue reading: Say No To Suicide: The Greats We Lost But Will Never Forget
In a first for the show, Minogue handed one of her choices over to boyfriend Joshua Sasse.
Kylie Minogue made an emotional appearance on long running BBC radio series, 'Desert Island Discs' on Sunday, opening up about her former boyfriend INXS singer Michael Hutchence and new love, actor Joshua Sasse. Minogue picked INXS’ ‘Need You Tonight’ as one of her eight song choices and described Hutchence as the person who ‘believed’ in her during the early stages of her career.
Kylie Minogue has appeared on BBC’s Desert Island Discs.
"I met a new person and I fell in love. Yes, he was this wild guy, he was the rocker, he was all of that. But I'm always at pains to say, he was Byron-esque, he was poetic, he was cultured and hilarious and tender, he was all of these other things,” Minogue said of Hutchence.
Continue reading: Kylie Minogue Talks Former Boyfriend Michael Hutchence And New Love Joshua Sasse During Emotional 'Desert Island Discs' Appearance
Inxs is to split after 35 years together. Though an official statement is yet to be received, it is expected the group will go their separate ways after making an announcement (of sorts) while on-stage at the Perth Arena in Australia.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, drummer Jon Farriss took over the microphone around two-thirds of the way through the performance to say it was the “last time” they would perform together, thanking the audience and saying, “I’m getting teary.” The group formed in Sydney 35 years ago and recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Kick, their most successful album to date. INXS enjoyed monumental success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, though tragedy struck in 1997 when the band lost their charismatic frontman Michael Hutchence. The surviving members carried on, though failed to reach the same heady heights. Armed with tracks Need You Tonight, Devil Inside, New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart and Mystify, Kick sold over 10 million copies worldwide, topping the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at No.2 in Britain.
According to the band’s manager Chris Murphy is readying a statement to clarify INXS’ current situation which should be unveiled later on Tuesday.
Continue reading: After 35 Years, INXS Break Up While On Stage In Australia