Some corporate scandals are so damaging that not everyone involved can survive -- literally.

In the wake of the unexplained death of former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare -- who admitted to his participation in the phone-hacking controversy -- we took a closer look at some top executives who, for one reason or another, felt compelled to take their own lives after a scandal or monumental failure.

Then again, even some of the confirmed suicides have come under suspicion that not all is as it seems.