The world of cinema is still reeling with the news of the apparent suicide Sunday of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott.
Over the decades there have been several high-profile filmmakers who have committed suicide, often in connection with depression or another illness. Here is a look at five noted filmmakers who killed themselves:
Max Linder (1883-1925)
The famed French silent movie clown/director battled chronic depression and other health issues after witnessing the horrors of combat as a dispatch driver between Paris and the front lines during World War I. His depression got so bad that at times he couldn’t work. In 1923, he married Helene “Jean” Peters, who was 18. They made a suicide pact in 1924. After one unsuccessful attempt at suicide, the two committed suicide in 1925. He was 41.
James Whale (1889-1957)
The acclaimed British director, who helmed such classics as 1931’s “Frankenstein,” 1935’s “Bride of Frankenstein” and 1936’s “Showboat,” suffered strokes and depression in 1956. He took his life by drowning in his swimming pool. He was 67. For years, it was considered an accidental death because his companion held on to the suicide note until just prior to his own demise three decades later. Ian McKellen earned an Oscar nomination for best actor as Whale in the 1998 film “Gods and Monsters.”