Christine Chubbuck was a television news reporter whose sole claim to fame was her unprecedented 1974 suicide live on air. The video of her suicide was scraped off the face of the Earth and for the next few decades, it has been completely unavailable. Christine Chubbuck has slipped off knowledge, and the fact that she committed suicide on live TV, forgotten. Until now.
The day was July 15, 1974. Christine Chubbuck, who was only a few weeks shy of being 30, was on the news station WXLT-TV’s Channel 40 talk program in Sarasota, Florida, and just reported on a shooting at Beef & Bottle restaurant at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. She then said:
"In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide."
Afterward, without much hesitation, Christine Chubbuck pulled out a revolver and committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.
After she shot herself in the head, the Chanel 40 production team faded the picture to black and displayed a message suggesting technical difficulties.
The footage of her suicide has been seized by the station owner Robert Nelson, who kept it for a while, before handing it over to a law firm. It has not been seen since the day it was broadcast live, but suddenly resurfaced in February 2017.