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

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