Committing suicide by deliberately placing oneself in the path of a large and fast-moving vehicle, resulting in fatal impact. Rail Throwing oneself directly in front of an oncoming train, or driving a car onto the tracks.[23] Suicide by being hit by a train has a 90% death rate, making it one of the most fatal [...]


Between 1983 and 2003, 36 pilots committed suicide by aircraft in the United States[32] There have been instances of suicides involving intentionally crashing aircraft: * EgyptAir Flight 990 * SilkAir Flight 185 * 2010 Austin plane crash


Suicide can be committed by using fast-acting poisons, such as hydrogen cyanide, or substances which are known for their high levels of toxicity to humans.[33] For example, most of the people of Jonestown, in northwestern Guyana, died when Jim Jones, the leader of a religious sect, organized a mass suicide by drinking a cocktail of [...]


Immolation usually refers to suicide by fire. It has been used as a protest tactic, most famously by Thích Quảng Đức in 1963 to protest the South Vietnamese government; and by Malachi Ritscher in 2006 to protest the United States’ involvement in the Iraq War.[citation needed] Self immolation was also carried out as a ritual [...]


Seppuku (colloquially hara-kiri “belly slitting”) is a Japanese ritual method of suicide, practiced mostly in the medieval era, though some isolated cases appear in modern times. For example, Yukio Mishima committed seppuku in 1970 after a failed coup d’état intended to restore full power to the Japanese emperor.[citation needed] Unlike other methods of suicide, this [...]

A hunger strike may ultimately lead to death. Starvation has been used by Hindu and Jain monks as a ritual method of penance, and Albigensians or Cathars also fasted after receiving the ‘consolamentum’ sacrament, in order to die while in a morally perfect state. This method of death is often associated with political protest, such [...]


Dehydration can be hard to bear,[52] and requires patience and determination, since it takes from several days to a few weeks. This means that unlike many other suicide methods, it cannot be accomplished impulsively. Those who die by terminal dehydration typically lapse into unconsciousness before death, and may also experience delirium and deranged serum sodium.[53] [...]


Another method is death by explosion. High-explosives that are certain to explode and release an extreme amount of energy are often used to avoid unnecessary pain.[61]

Suicide attack

A suicide attack is an attack in which the attacker (attacker being either an individual or a group) intends to kill others and intends to die in the process of doing so (e.g. Columbine, Virginia Tech). In a suicide attack, in the strictest sense, the attacker dies by the attack itself, for example in an [...]

Indirect suicide is the act of setting out on an obviously fatal course without directly committing the act upon oneself. Indirect suicide is differentiated from legally defined suicide by the fact that the actor does not pull the figurative (or literal) trigger. Examples of indirect suicide include a soldier enlisting in the army with the [...]