The unfortunate truth is many of us either have a mental illness or know someone who does, and suicide can be part of that reality. No longer is it an isolated case of the one person you knew in high school; today, it touches us within our families, friends, soldiers and kids. It goes beyond saying this is tragic.
And yes, this includes the famous people we look up to. We've come a long way from the days of Marilyn-overdosed starlets -- along with their handlers -- who kept it under wraps.