In many ancient cultures, it was an honourable way to settle grievances for leaders or government officials to take their own lives in shame for betraying the people's trust; because it was an unforgiveable embarrassment to their rank and their family honour. The principle of losing one's face is still alive in many traditionalist countries such as those in East Asia.
Lately, former South Korean president Ro Moo-Hyun took his own life after being shamed by a large corruption scandal. I am not sure I would ever approve of anyone's death but I think that was an honourable way to go (next to facing the charges, that is).
Yung mga opisyal kaya natin, kailan mahihiya? (When do you think our officials will ever feel this sort of shame?)