Famous Suicides

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Can you name the famous people who took (or are largely believed to have taken) their own lives?

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Year(Method)PersonClaim to Fame
1954 (Possible OD)Mexican Painter
1945 (Cyanide)Mistress of European Leader
2008 (Hanging)American Novelist ('Infinite Jest')
1954 (Gunshot [Maybe Russian Roulette])R&B Singer ('Pledging My Love')
1957 (Drowned in Own Pool)American Movie Director ('The Old Dark House')
1993 (Gunshot)American Dwarf Actor
1972 (OD of Nembutal)British Actor ('All About Eve')
2001 (Crashed Plane)Terrorist
1989 (OD of Phenobarbitol)Social and Political Activist/Author
1970 (Drowned in East River)Avant-Garde Saxophonist
2005 (Gunshot)American Author (Gonzo Journalism)
1977 (Gunshot)American Actor ('Chico and the Man')
1987 (Asphyxiation [in prison])Deputy to WWII European Leader
1969 (Carbon Monoxide)American Novelist ('Confederacy of Dunces')
1989 (Gunshot [after shooting wife])Baseball Player (Relief Pitcher)
1938 (Consumed Ant Paste)American Silent Film Actress (The Biograph Girl)
1973 (Gunshot)Leader of South American Country
1890 (Gunshot in Open Field)Dutch Painter
1981 (Voluntary Starvation)Irish (IRA) Activist/Hunger-Striker
42BC (Impaled on Sword)Politician/Noted Assassin
1945 (Gunshot)Politician/Propagandist
1984 (Gunshot)American Countercultural Writer ('Trout Fishing in America')
1913 (Gunshot)Austrian Military Man/Spy
1971 (Possible OD)Actress/Warhol Acolyte
30BC (Snakebite or Other Poison)Iconic Leader of Middle Eastern Kingdom
1997 (Gunshot)American 'Spree Killer'
1900 (Slit Throat [after murdering entire family])Baseball Player (Catcher)
1978 (Gunshot [after murdering wife])American Actor ('They Shoot Horses Don't They')
1809 (Gunshot)American Explorer
Year(Method)PersonClaim to Fame
1999 (OD)American Actress ('Diff'rent Strokes')
1929 (Jumped from Hotel)Prussian/American Beer Magnate
1970 (Ritual Seppuku)Japanese Author
1975 (Hanging)Welsh Singer/Songwriter with British Rock Group
1971 (OD/Slit Wrists)American Photographer
1959 (Gunshot)American Actor ('Superman')
1978 (OD of Seconal)French/American Actor ('Algiers')
1986 (Hanging)Singer/Keyboardist with Canadian/American Rock Band
1964 (OD of Alcohol/Sedatives)American Actor ('This Gun for Hire')
2003 (Stabbed Self in Chest)American Singer-Songwriter ('Miss Misery')
1973 (Carbon Monoxide)American Playwright ('Bus Stop')
1990 (Gunshot)American Rock Singer ('Runaway')
1983 (Purposeful Starvation)Radical Author/Activist
1962 (OD of sleeping pills)American Actress/Icon
1961 (Gunshot)American Novelist
1978 (Gunshot, after orchestrating mass suicides])Cult Leader
1944 (Cyanide/Forced Suicide)European Military Officer
1902 (Unsure [after being publicly 'outed'])European Industrialist
2009 (Gunshot)Nicaraguan Boxer/Politician
1991 (OD or Suffocation)Polish/American Novelist ('The Painted Bird')
1979 (OD of Barbiturates/Alcohol)American Actress ('Breathless')
1985 (Carbon Monoxide)San Francisco Politician/Assassin
1976 (Hanging [in prison])German Activist/Terrorist
1997 (Gunshot)American Actor ('Family Affair')
182BC (Poison)Carthaginian Military Leader
1943 (Gunshot)Chicago Gangster (Later TV Character)
1976 (Hanging)American Folk Singer/Songwriter ('Chords of Fame')
1932 (Gunshot)Camera Inventor
30BC (Stabbed Self with Sword)Roman General/Politician
Year(Method)PersonClaim to Fame
1932 (Jumped from Hollywood Sign)British Actress ('Thirteen Women')
399BC (Poison/Voluntary Compliance with Sentence)Greek Philosopher
1979 (Jumped from Essex House Hotel)Pop/R&B Singer/Duetist ('Where is the Love')
1939 (OD/Assisted Suicide)Psychoanalyst/Author
1974 (Carbon Monoxide)American Poetess
1889 (Voluntarily Shot by Lover)Circus Performer/Movie Subject
1945 (Gunshot/Cyanide)Leader of European Country
2004 (Drowned in East River)Monologist/Playwright
1995 (Carbon Monoxide)Baseball Umpire/Author
1983 (OD of Tuinal [along with wife])Hungarian/English Writer ('Darkness at Noon')
68 (Stabbed Self in Neck)Roman Emperor
1985 (Slit Wrists)Nutritionist/Author
1967 (OD of Nembutal [after killing writer/lover])British Writer/Actor
1982 (Gunshot)French Actor ('Going Places')
1999 (Gunshot [after shooting others])Domestic 'Terrorist'
1948 (Gunshot)American Actress ('I Wake Up Screaming')
1974 (OD on prescription antidepressant)British Folk/Rock Singer/Songwriter ('Pink Moon')
1979 (OD of Heroin)Bassist for British Punk Group
1936 (Gunshot)Pulp Literature Author
1994 (Gunshot)Lead Singer of American Rock Group
1932 (Gunshot)British 'Bloomsbury' Painter
1941 (Drowned in River, weighted by stones)British Novelist
1894 (Jumped from Window)Sibling of President/Father of First Lady
1932 (Drowned in Gulf of Mexico)American Poet ('The Bridge')
1980 (Hanging)Lead Singer of British Rock Group
1969 (Jumped from Apartment [possibly on LSD])Daughter of Entertainer/Anti-Drug Activist
2007 (Carbon Monoxide)Lead Singer of American Rock Group
1970 (OD/Arm Wounds)Latvian/American Abstract Artist
1963 (Gas from Oven)American Poet/Novelist

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