David Carradine hanged himself in a hotel in Bangkok. He was seventy-two. (It now appears it may have been a sex act gone wrong- click here to read the update.) After the jump, Anna Karenina also ends her life, although by a different method. In the comment section, bring on other great scenes from literature that illustrate a suicide. (Heart of the Matter comes to mind and my all time favorite, Madame Bovary. ) (This is not meant to be a celebration, but a contemplation, so you all know where I’m coming from…)
She tried to fling herself below the wheels of the first carriage as it reached her; but the red bag which she tried to drop out of her hand delayed her, and she was too late; she missed the moment. She had to wait for the next carriage. A feeling such as she had known when about to take the first plunge in bathing came upon her, and she crossed herself. That familiar gesture brought back into her soul a whole series of girlish and childish memories, and suddenly the darkness that had covered everything for her was torn apart, and life rose up before her eyes for an instant with all its bright past joys. But she did not take her eyes from the wheel of the second carriage. And exactly at the moment when the space between the wheels came opposite her, she dropped the red bag, and drawing her head back into her shoulders, fell on her hands under the carriage, and lightly, as though she would rise again at once, dropped on to her knees. And at the same instance she was terror-stricken at what she was doing. “Where am I? What am I doing? What for?” She tried to get up, to drop backwards; but something huge and merciless struck her on the head and rolled her on her back. “Lord forgive me all!” she said, feeling it impossible to struggle. A peasant muttering something was working at the iron above her. And the light by which she had read the book filled with troubles, falsehoods, sorrow and evil, flared up more brightly than ever before, lighted up for her all that had been in darkness, flickered, began to grow dim, and was quenched forever.