While many celebrity deaths are caused by natural causes or accidents, the premature passing of actor Rob Pattinson is not one of them. The English actor was found dead in his hotel room on Monday night, December 31, 2018, just one day after his 28th birthday. According to TMZ, Pattinson was discovered by members of the housekeeping staff at 11:00 pm. His cause of death has not yet been revealed, but it is believed to be suicide based on his social media posts in the days leading up to his death.
Suicide Squad: Social Media Posts Before His Death
Pattinson’s death came just one day after he commented on a photo of himself with French fashion editor Justine Saillet, writing, “So sad to hear about Justine. Sending love to her family.” He also shared a throwback photo of himself and his dog, writing, “I miss you Snuffles. Still thinking of you all. Love you.”
Pattinson’s social media posts in the days leading up to his death were also reflective of his sadness. On January 1, he posted an image of himself in a hoodie along with the caption, “Feeling a bit down.” Two days later, on January 3, he posted, “Broken-hearted. Still don’t know what to say. Love you Snuffles.” On January 4, he posted, “Need some cheering up, my friend. You’ve been through a lot. I’m thinking of you.”
Suicide Squad: Celebrity Death And Suicide
While the vast majority of celebrity deaths are a direct result of an accident or a disease that took the life of the celebrity, the death of Rob Pattinson is different. According to TMZ, the English actor was found dead in his hotel room on Monday night, December 31, 2018. The report does not state how or why Pattinson took his own life, but it is believed to be a result of his ongoing depression, which he reportedly hid from the public. He was 28 years old.
Pattinson is one of the latest in a long list of celebrities to take their own life, including Kate Spade, Mark Burnett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In many cases, the deaths of these prominent figures were not a secret. In Hoffman’s case, his depression and substance abuse were widely known, while Burnett and Spade had openly discussed their struggle with mental illness. However, these celebrity deaths are unusual as most stars, especially those at the top of their professions, will fight to the end to ensure they have more life left in them. This often results in exhausting and lengthy legal battles that can leave the families and loved ones devastated. With Rob Pattinson, however, there seems to be no indication that he was ever treated for depression or anxiety.
Why Are Artists And Celebrities More Likely To Commit Suicide?
According to the American Institute of Stress, individuals who are creative and work in arts and media are among the groups most likely to suffer from depression. It is well known that these industries are dominated by men, and it is likely that the higher rates of depression among men who work in these sectors are a result of the predominantly male-dominated nature of these careers. The lack of female representation in these industries also means that there are fewer people to talk to if you are struggling with depression or anxiety. In a predominantly male-dominated field, it is also common to see more aggressive behavior and intimidation, which can result in a higher rate of workplace bullying. In many cases, this can lead to a vicious cycle of mental and physical health issues.
Where Can I Get Help?
If you are feeling overwhelmed or have thoughts of harming yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact your local mental health professional or call the national suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-8255. Representatives from the American Institute of Stress will also be available to speak with you over the phone and set up an appointment for you to see a professional. While many celebrities will go to great lengths to keep their private lives hidden from the public, those who are suffering will often talk about their mental health issues and seek treatment. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety, there is still hope. You can help them. Don’t be afraid to reach out and offer your support.