This article contains list of famous footballers who committed suicide
Making tons of money and living a glamorous life doesn’t guarantee happiness. Footballers also undergo emotional and mental distress.
Here is a list of footballers who tragically decided to end their own lives either during their careers or post retirement from the game.
1. Christopher Philip Mitchell
Mitchell began his senior career at Scottish Premier League club Falkirk who also loaned him to Ayr United . He then had a season in England with Bradford City before joining Queen of the South in 2012.
In his first season at Queens he won the Scottish Challenge Cup and Scottish Football League Second Division . At the end of that season he was named in the division’s PFA Scotland Team of the Year . Mitchell had a brief spell at Clyde in 2015–16.
Complications from spinal surgery ended his professional career at Queen of the South, and he left Clyde to establish a new career. Mitchell suffered depression due to his change of career and took his own life at a level crossing at the age of 27.
On 7 May 2016, while his partner Louise Rooney was in London, Mitchell went to a level crossing in Cornton near his home in Stirling and telephoned her to say that he was intending to kill himself. The call was still live when he was fatally struck by the train.
2. Zoe Tynan
Zoe Tynan was an English female footballer who played as a midfielder for Manchester City and Fylde Ladies.
On 31 August 2016. Zoe Tynan committed suicide at the age of 18. Her death was an act of suicide, caused by a fatal collision with a train at West Allerton railway station.
Having signed for Manchester City ‘s academy in 2015, Tynan was given her first team debut when she played all 90 minutes of a FA Women’s Cup quarter-final against Sporting Club Albion on 3 April 2016.
Though she wouldn’t play any further matches for Manchester City, her performance drew the attention of FA Women’s Premier League side Fylde Ladies for whom she signed in the summer of 2016. Tynan would go on to play twice for Fylde.
On 31 August 2016, it was reported that Tynan had died at the age of 18. It was subsequently announced that Zoe’s death was an act of suicide, caused by a fatal collision with a train at West Allerton railway station.
Her death was met by an outpouring of tributes from across the women’s footballing community in England.
In particular, her first team – Liverpool Feds , whom she had joined as a six-year old – announced the creation of the Zoe Tynan Tournament for under-10 and under-12 7-a-side teams which would be played on 20 May, coinciding with the date of her birth. The competition has become an annual event which has been held every year since 2017.
3. Dale Roberts
Dale Roberts was a goalkeeper for his native North East sides of Sunderland and Middlesbrough. He began his senior career with Nottingham Forest after signing as a professional in 2005.
In 2008, He joined Conference National team Rushden & Diamonds, where he was named player of the season in 2008–09 after keeping five clean sheets in 18 appearances.
Roberts started his career as a goalkeeper for his native North East sides of Sunderland and Middlesbrough. He made his debut for England C against Malta in the 2009/10 season and played in all four England C games, getting voted England C player of the season in the process.
Despite all that, he died at the age of 24, on 14 December 2010 after he hung himself at his home. He was reportedly depressed due to his injury and over the ’embarrassment’ of his fiancee having an affair with one of his teammates Paul Terry (brother of John Terry).
Roberts’ number one jersey was also retired by phoenix club AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
4. Robert Enke
Robert Enke is said to be one of the finest German goalkeepers. He had been suffering from depression since the death of his daughter, Lara in 2006, who was born with a heart birth defect (hypoplastic left heart syndrome).
He most notably played for Benfica and Barcelona, but made the majority of his appearances for Bundesliga side Hannover 96 in his homeland.
He won eight full international caps for the German national team between the 1999 Confederations Cup and his death in 2009, and was part of the squad which finished as runners-up in Euro 2008 .
On the evening of 10 November 2009, Enke committed suicide at the age of 32, standing in front of a regional express train at a level crossing in Eilvese , Neustadtam Rübenberge. Police confirmed a suicide note was discovered but would not publicise its details. His widow, Teresa, revealed that her husband had been suffering from depression for six years and was treated by a psychiatrist.
At the time of his death, he was widely considered to be a leading contender for the German number one spot at the 2010 World Cup.
5. Justin Fashanu
Justin Fashanu was an English footballer and the first professional footballer to be openly gay. He was also the first black footballer to command a £1million transfer fee, with his transfer from Norwich City to Nottingham Forest in 1981, but had little success as a player afterwards, although he continued to play at senior level until 1994.
In March 1998, Justin was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year old boy right in his apartment in Maryland, USA. When the police came to arrest him, it was discovered that Justin had fled to England
On May 3, 1998, Justin’s body was found hanging in a garage in Fairchild Place, Shoreditch, London. In his suicide note, Justin denied the claims of sexual assault, saying that it was consensual. He also said that he fled to England because he believed he would not get a fair trial because of his homosexuality.
In 2020, Fashanu was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame .
6. Sergi Lopez Segu
Lopez Segu was a Spanish footballer. He committed suicide by throwing himself under a train on 4 November 2006. He was suffering from depression and had financial problems for treatment.
During his career he played professionally for three clubs, mainly Barcelona. He appeared in 62 La Liga matches during eight seasons. He also played for Mallorca and Zaragoza .
After some personal problems, López (the older brother of Barcelona and Valencia ‘s Gerard López ) died by suicide in 2006 at the age of 39.
7. Gary Speed
Gary Speed was a Welsh footballer and manager. On 27 November 2011, just a day after he had appeared on a television show. Speed was found hanging in the garage of his home. Cause of death was “Self-suspension”.
Speed was a Welsh footballer and manager. He was known mainly by Leeds United fans as he helped the club to win its first division title. He also went on to play for Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton and Sheffield United where he made 534 Premier League appearances. Speed became the first player to make 500 Premier League appearances.
Only Ryan Giggs, Frank Lampard, James and Gareth Barry have played in more Premier League matches than Speed.
Speed captained the Wales national football team until retiring from international football in 2004. He remains the most capped outfield player for Wales and the second overall, having appeared 85 times at senior level between 1990 and 2004, playing mainly as a left-side attacking midfielder.
He was the manager of Sheffield United and the Welsh National team.
8. Alan Davies
Alan Davies was an English-born Welsh footballer. He began his football career at Manchester United, where he made a total of 10 appearances for them, scoring one goal.
Davies also spent time with Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic, Carlisle United, Swansea City (two spells) and Bradford City.
On 4 February 1992, after dropping his daughter off at school, Davies drove to Horton, and committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. The dead body of the 30-year-old, Alan Davies was found in his car in South Wales.
In August 1992, Swansea City and Manchester United paid tribute to the late Alan Davies with a Testimonial match at Vetch Field for him, where football players and fans paid tribute to the man.
9. Agostino Di Bartolomei
Di Bartolomei was an Italian International footballer. Famed for his elegance on the ball and playmaking skills, he is regarded as one of A.S. Roma ‘s greatest players ever, and one of the greatest Italian players never to have been capped by the Italian national team.
Di Bartolomei suffered from clinical depression in his later years and committed suicide by shooting himself in his villa in San Marco di Castellabate on 30 May 1994.
He is a member of the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame .
10. Uchenna Okafor
Uche Okafor was a Nigerian football defender who played 34 international matches for Nigeria. Okafor played every match when Nigeria won the 1994 African Cup of Nations, but sustained an ankle injury shortly thereafter.
He was part of the squad to the 1994 World Cup but did not get any playing time. He played 1 out of their 4 games in the 1998 World Cup, as well as at the 1988 Olympics.
Okafor was a regular pundit on African football on ESPN ‘s coverage and their PressPass programme.
Okafor’s body was discovered Thursday afternoon by his wife shortly after he returned home from dropping off his daughter in school in their house in Little Elm, a town about 30 miles northwest of Dallas.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said he hanged himself in an upstairs hallway. Okafor’s family has rejected the suicide ruling of the Little Elm Police Department, suspecting foul play.
11. Hughie Ferguson
Ferguson is one of the seven men in the entire history of football and the Scottish Football Leagues to have achieved 350 or more league goals.
Throughout his career, Ferguson achieved an average of 0.85 goals per game.
Having played for Motherwell FC, Cardiff City and Dundee, Ferguson suffered a back injury which severely affected his form.
Unable to recover properly, he went into depression and committed suicide by gassing himself at Dens Park after a training session on 8 January 1930.
The 34-year-old striker left behind his wife, Jessie and two children.
12. Hughie Gallacher
Gallacher is a legend of his time. He played a total of 624 senior games for eight different clubs, scoring 463 goals in the process.
He had excellent ball control, guile and instinct that distinguished him from other players.
Gallacher was also a part of the Scottish team that defeated England 5-1 at Wembley in 1928.
Later, Gallacher departed for England, where he played major roles for Newcastle United and Chelsea. During this period of time, he faced several personal issues like bankruptcy and divorce. He also lost custody of his child due to an incident where he accidentally tossed a lamp at his son, while being under the influence of alcohol.
On 11 June 1957, before he walked in front of an express train and killed himself, he left a written note saying that he regretted what he had done.