Bendjelloul won the best documentary oscar for Searching for Sugar Man in 2013. In the late afternoon on May 13, 2014, the 36-year-old Swedish journalist flung himself into the path of an oncoming train at the Solna Centrum metro stop in Stockholm, Sweden. His death threw Sweden and much of the rest of the world into stunned disbelief.
Read THR's cover story exploring Bendjelloul's tragic final days, here.
The suave Frenchman received four best actor nominations over the years, for Conquest (1937), Algiers (1938), Gaslight (1944) and Fanny (1961). Two days after the death of his wife of 44 years, and two days before his 79th birthday, he deliberately overdosed on barbiturates.
For his work in 1950's All About Eve, Sanders won for best supporting actor. In his later years, he suffered a stroke and displayed signs of dementia, which caused him to become depressed. In 1972, he was found dead in a hotel near Barcelona alongside five empty bottles of barbiturates and a note that read: "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored."
Young was nominated for best supporting actor three times during an 18-year span, finally winning for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), which he described as "the greatest moment of my life." Less than a decade later, and only three weeks after marrying a young German actress, he shot her and then himself in their apartment.
For her work in the big-screen version of the controversial film The Moon Is Blue (1953), McNamara was nominated for best actress. Years later, following a divorce and a nervous breakdown, she fell out of the public eye as her career began to wane. In 1978, she was found dead in her apartment -- the result of an overdose of prescription tranquilizers and sleeping pills -- with a suicide note on her piano.
For her work in 1963's This Sporting Life, Roberts received a best actress nomination. Following her 1971 divorce from Rex Harrison, she increasingly became depressed. In 1980, after unsuccessfully attempting to win him back, she swallowed a considerable amount of barbiturates and some other caustic substance, which brought about her immediate death and sent her body crashing through a glass window.
The onetime stunt man earned noms for best supporting actor for Comes a Horseman (1978) and best actor for The Straight Story (1999). A little more than six months after he attended the Oscars in 2000, the 80-year-old, who had been diagnosed years earlier with terminal cancer, shot himself to death.
For her first significant role, 1942's Random Harvest, the 21-year-old Peters received a best supporting actress nom, becoming one of the youngest nominees in history. Less than two years later, Peters and her husband were duck hunting when a rifle accidentally discharged, paralyzing her from the waist down. The 23-year-old wife and mother increasingly became depressed and ultimately stopped eating. She died in 1952 of starvation and kidney failure.
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