South Pacific Journal of Psychology. It is the second most common method among women, behind poisoning. Participants fall vertically with a rope attached to their neck, which when taut applies a force sufficient to break the spinal cord , causing death. List of suicides Suicide in antiquity List of suicides in the 21st century. Archived from the original PDF on 30 July Medicine, Science and the Law. Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome. Throughout history, numerous famous people have died due to suicide by hanging.